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Phase 2 done. On to phase 3 – Themes ahead!

August 17, 2005

We finished phase 2, are thrilled with the result and the reception, and dismayed that the rollout didn’t go flawlessly. That’s life, I guess, but we learned some lessons and will get better with our next release. Thanks for sticking with us – you really are the best customers anyone could ask for.

Phase 3 is coming right along, and should be a quick release. We’ll finish adding the new CSS code to the remaining Styles (Journal, Slideshow, Traditional, and All Thumbs) so you can continue to customize to your hearts content. Ditto for your personal homepages, community homepages, and misc other pages.

Phase 4, though, will be the really interesting one. I’m going to break company policy just this once, and talk about a future feature. We’re calling it ‘Themes’ and we’re only just beginning to flesh out how it will work. The basic idea, though, is that all smugmug accounts – Standard included – will have access to ‘Themes’ on a per-gallery basis. Think ‘Birthday Party’, ‘Halloween’, ‘Tropical Vacation’, and the like. Your entire gallery would then take on that ‘Theme’.

Even better, though, is we’ll have a great WYSIWYG interface where you can create your own themes, giving them your own names, and changing *every* detail within your gallery – from font colors to dashed lines to backgrounds. You then can save it and re-use it on any galleries you’d like. Don’t like the new green? Simply use one of the other Themes or create your own.

Note that this isn’t complete HTML and CSS control like Power Users and Pros get – you won’t be able to create your own banners for the header and remove the footer. This is purely making the gallery look & feel match the occasion behind the gallery.

No promises on when it’ll come out – we’re a ‘when it’s done’ company, so it could be quite awhile, but I wanted everyone to know that it’s coming.

Meanwhile, enjoy Phase 2. πŸ™‚

Categories: smugmug, smugmug releases
  1. August 22, 2005 at 5:19 pm

    *poke poke*

    Any chance of getting a gallery style specific id or class (different from and in addition to gallery number class) in something that contains my custom header, footer, and the cobrand footer and feeds (like the body tag or a wrapper div of some sort perhaps)πŸ˜€ Please don’t think I’m a pest about this, it would just be so freaking handy.

    Oh and just so you know the new cobranding waters my eyes! Seriously great stuff.

  2. Robin
    September 19, 2005 at 5:14 am

    Frou-frou? I’m hoping for frou-frou. Whimsy. Sunflowers with smiling faces. I myself would like something friendly that would draw people into my smugmug pages. What? You’re not asking for orders? Sorry.

    I may not know much, but I know what I like! (And what makes me smile.)

    After all you’ve done, it seems rather a shame for me to be so demanding. But there it is…

    I’m looking forward to themes! Or easy frou-frou, as I am thinking of it.

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