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Options Menu of Admin Panel

The main settings of Pixelpost are found in the admin panel within the OPTIONS menu. Whatever you enter here will be saved in the database.
Options menu comes with four submenus in the original Pixelpost installation:

  • General
    You may guess, here are the general settings of Pixelpost.
  • Template
    Select your template here and choose some formatting presets
  • Thumbnails
    Size and other thumbnail related things
  • Spam Control
    Pixelpost's famous spam control features are set here

Some addons may add more submenus here.

General

Site Title and URL

Enter a compelling site title and subtitle here.
The site title will show up within the HTML <title> tag of your homepage and in the Pixelpost <SITE_TITLE> tag.
Use the Pixelpost <SUBTITLE> tag for the subtitle.
URL is the web address of your blog, it is used for the "home" links.

Admin user and password

Change your admin panel login here

Language file

Pixelpost supports multiple languages for the front end. Select your base and alternative language here for the auto-link of the language switch.
If you don't want to use an alternative language, select "disabled".
See Alternative Language for more information.

Admin panel language file

NEW! Set your admin panel to a language different from the base language.

Admin email

Besides the password recovery this email is used for the email notification on comments (if you activate that).
Tip: If you yourself write a comment to one of your images and use your admin email there, your comment is identified as admin comment by that.
Use .admin_comment for formatting in your CSS file!

Images & thumbnails path

Here you can rename your images and thumbnails path. Default is ../images/ for the images and ../thumbnails/ for the thumbnails.
NEW! All image and thumbnail paths will be fetched from the database according to what you enter here!

Timezone

To provide worldwide functionality Pixelpost will use the correct date and time according to the timezone you live in.
UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) corresponds to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Depending on where you live you have to set the time shift here.
If DST (Daylight Saving Time, Summertime) is used in your country (clocks are set one hour ahead in the summer months), you have to correct that manually (UTC does not change with DST).
Tip: Beside the headline "Timezone" the date and time is shown according to your actual settings. If this doesn't match your local time you have to change the timzone shift.
Of course the time shown here is not to the second since it doesn't change after the page was loaded.

Global comment settings

You can set a global behaviour for your comment actions: publish instantly, moderate or no comments at all.
Overruling this you can select a different setting on each single image when uploading it.
See Comment Settings for more information.

Send email on comment

If you say yes here, you will receive an email whenever one of your images receives a comment.
If you select HTML-emails, the image will be shown in the notification email (provided that your email client supports that). Otherwise the email will contain only a link to the image.

Time stamps

If it happens that you upload an image with an already existing filename this will overwrite the file. To prevent that it is recommended to use the time stamp, a unique string which is added to the filename of an uploaded file.

Book visitors

Visitor data will be saved in the database, for example date and time of the visit, user agent, IP address and referer.
Tip: You find the referers of the last seven days in the 'General Info' section in your admin panel. There are addons for finding more information about your visitors.

Enable Markdown

Markdown is a special formatting language to abbreviate the most common HTML tags. See the Markdown homepage for more information.
Tip: You can always insert HTML-Tags into the description field, it doesn't matter if Markdown is enabled or not. If Markdown is enabled in options page, you can choose to use HTML or Markdown or both together.

Enable EXIF

If you save your images with the exif data of the photo, you can show some of the exifs nice formatted on the photo page. Use the EXIF tags provided in the Template Tags list.

RSS/ATOM feed settings

NEW! Enter a title, a subtitle and a copyright notice.
Select the mode of Pixelpost's autodetect function and if you want to show comment feeds too. The comment feed corresponds to the setting of the autodetect function.
Choose the style of your feed and the number of entries.
See the Feed Settings? page for further information.

Image display order

NEW! You can define how the images should be shorted in your photoblog: the descending order by publishing date and time is how it is supposed to be. But if you want you now can change the order to alphabetical in ascending or descending direction. TOP

Template

Switch template

Pixelpost comes with two pre-installed templates which cover the image, browse and about page: horizon and simple. You can use them right out of the box, change them to your needs or create your own individual template by using the Pixelpost Template Tags like in the templates provided.
Furthermore there is a bunch of free templates ready for download in the Extend Section.
Tip: Start with one of Pixelpost's original templates by adjusting the css file and see what happens!

Date format

You can change the appearance of date and time strings here. This is a short overview of the most important parameters:

CharacterDescriptionExample Value
Day
Dshort textual representation of a day, three lettersMon - Sun
lfull textual representation of the day of the weekMonday - Sunday
dday of the month, 2 digits with leading zeros01 to 31
jday of the month without leading zeros1 to 31
SEnglish ordinal suffix, 2 charactersst, nd, rd or th
Month
Mshort textual representation of the month, three lettersJan - Dec
Ffull textual representation of the monthJanuary - December
mnumeric representation of a month, with leading zeros01 - 12
nnumeric representation of a month, without leading zeros1 - 12
Year
Yfull numeric representation of a year, 4 digits1999 or 2003
ytwo digit representation of a year99 or 03
Time
h12-hour format of an hour with leading zeros01 - 12
H24-hour format of an hour with leading zeros00 - 23
g12-hour format of an hour without leading zeros1 - 12
G24-hour format of an hour without leading zeros0 - 23
alowercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiemam or pm
Auppercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiemAM or PM
iMinutes with leading zeros00 - 59
sSeconds with leading zeros00 - 59

Category links format

You can select several styles for the category list in the image information.
Applies to <IMAGE_CATEGORY_PAGED> and <IMAGE_CATEGORY>

Calendar Type

Pixelpost comes with a neat month calendar for your image page where the images can be selected by date. There are two styles availabe: Normal which shows a square with one line for each week and Horizontal which shows all the days in the month in a single line. Use the <SITE_CALENDAR> to bring it into your template page and the css file to style it.
Set it to "No Calendar" if you don't want to use it to speed up your blog. TOP

Thumbnails

Thumbnails are small preview images of the full size image in your photoblog. The browse (archiv) page shows only the thumbnails and they can be used in the image page as well.

Thumbnailrow

This number refers to the thumbnail row shown in the image template (not in the browse page!). The thumbnail row is set with <IMAGE_THUMBNAIL_ROW> or <IMAGE_THUMBNAIL_ROW_REV>
Tip: The number of thumbnails shown in the browse page can only be set with CSS. Put the <THUMBNAILS> tag into a div with defined width.

Crop thumbnails?

Pixelpost creates the thumbnails of your images automatically when uploading a new image. There are two ways to downsize an image: you can resize it or crop it.

No doesn't crop the image but keeps the original ratio of the image. It is resized to the value entered beneath (respecting the shorter edge).
Tip: You should not use the tags <THUMBNAIL_WIDTH> and <THUMBNAIL_HEIGHT> in your template if your thumbnails are not cropped. These tags fetch the information out of the database, not respecting the actual ratio of your non-cropped thumbnails!

Yes crops the image in the center part to the defined size without the possibility to change that.

12CropImage is an addon which comes with the Pixelpost installation. It allows you to select the area to crop using JavaScript during a second step in the upload procedure.
Look out for the FlashCropImages addon to have it even more comfortable!
Tip: Thumbnails usually look best if they are all in the same size and ratio, so better use one of the cropping functions!

Thumbnails size

Set the preferred size of your thumbnails here. The crop functions will resize your image to exact this size. If you have the cropping to No, the image will be resized to the value corresponding to the shorter edge.
So an image in landscape orientation will be resized to the defined height and according width, ignoring the defined width, an image in portrait orientation will be resized to the defined width and according height, ignoring the defined height.
Re-generate thumbs button: be really careful with this button, you will loose all your existing thumbs! The images will be cropped or resized (depending on your settings above) to the values entered here in the thumbnails width and height fields. No 12CropImage will be applied!

Thumbnail compression

The thumbnails are generated as jpg files which is a compressed image data format. You can set the quality after compression here, high numbers are high quality and larger files. 100 is no compression and full quality.

Thumbnail sharpening

PHP provides a function to sharp the thumbnails while resizing them. Here you can set the amount of sharpening you want to have. But be careful, test it out thoroughly, because excessive sharpening produces artefacts in your thumbnails! TOP

Spam Control

We all hate spam, that is why Pixelpost offers spam protection out-of-the box. There are multiple options which can all be used together to provide you with a spam-free blog.

Edit banlist

Banlists are the most effective and simple way of blocking spam. Anything you put in here: words from a comment, parts of url or even the IP addresses will be checked. So how does this work? We have three kinds of lists: the moderation list, black list and referrer ban list.

If the comment contains any word or is posted from an IP address which you have put into the moderation list this will force the comment to go into the moderation queue (overruling the comment setting).

Similar to the moderation list is the black list. The difference between those two is that comments containing words or posted from the ip addresses in the black list will never make it into the table. You won't see these comments anymore.

The referrer ban list is a bit different. Most comment spams try to 'inform' you about their homepage. The spammers hope to go higher in the search rankings by spamming their sites all over the place. In this case the referrer ban list comes into play. You can block visitors from any domain by entering the domain, part of the domain or (part of) the IP address into this list. The only catch is you have to copy the produced code to a .htaccess file.

Enable Token in forms

Spam entries are often sent automatically to pages with HTML forms without really visiting the page. The TOKEN can prevent this in your comment form by setting up a PHP session in the comments page which is checked before posting a comment.
You have to use the <TOKEN> tag in your comments or image template to make it work because this will submit the TOKEN string as a hidden field. For the string saved in the session can not be falsified this simple method will inhibit more than 50% of your spam.

A fine side effect of the TOKEN is the possibility to limit the time between opening the browser window with the comment form and submitting a comment. The longer the time you set the more userfriendly it is but shorter times increase the spam prevention.
Tip: Think of your own browsing behaviour: do you open a lot of browser windows/tabs before you start with posting comments? Then you will be very annoyed by a short window open time.

Prevent spam flood

Spam entries are rarely sent one by one but usually as a flood. Here you can set the minimum delay time before posting another comment. Shorter times are more userfriendly but longer times increase the spam prevention.
Tip: Think of your own commenting behaviour: if you type quick and don't write too much it can easily happen to run into the spam flood prevention if it is set to lower than 30 seconds (while commenting within the same blog of course).

Another Tip: If you set your time back (because of DST/summer time end for example) the following comments (of the same commenter) may run into the spam flood warning because the latest comment was somehow in the future.

Maximum number of URI

Spams often contain a list of URIs in the content. Set the number of allowed URIs as you like, of course the lower the number the safer it is. If you set it to 1 (what should be enough for your visitors) it can catch up to 20% of your spam entries.

Akismet settings

Akismet is a very famous spam defeating system, well known from Wordpress and other blog systems. It works as an addon with Pixelpost and comes with the original installation.
Each comment that managed to get through Pixelpost's internal spam defeat methods is checked with the intelligent Akismet spam database. Suspicious entries are flagged as Spam but stored in your Pixelpost database. You can inspect them in your admin comments section in the Akismet menu.
Akismet is already very very good in catching spams but sometimes it will fail, so you have the possibility to teach Akismet the correct flag.
Comments flagged as spam by Akismet will be automatically deleted after the number of days you enter here.

To make it work you have to enable the Akismet addon in the addons menu and to enter your Worpress Api Key here. TOP << Comments | AdminPanel | GeneralInfo >>


Page last modified on November 07, 2007, at 01:29 AM