Recently added in revision 1.0 of Catablog, the new Rescan feature in CataBlog makes it super easy to create a single gallery from a long list of image files. Simply install CataBlog, upload the files with an FTP or file transfer and then run the "Rescan Original Images" action and place the shortcode where you want the gallery to appear. Here's how to do it...
1. Install CataBlog, simply go to the Add New Plugins page and search for catablog. Click the CataBlog install link in the preceding list of search results and install the plugin. If your server meets the proper requirements CataBlog will install and you should see a CataBlog section underneath your comments in the Admin Panel's Menu.
2. Now that CataBlog appears in your Admin Menu simply expand the section and click the CataBlog Options link. You will see a large set of tabs for all the plugin's options, we will set some options now. In the first panel you should choose a pixel size for your thumbnails. If you want to make your images enlargeable go into the LightBox Tab and make sure that Enable LightBox Feature is checked. Last, go to the Template Tab and load the Gallery Template from the templates drop down menu. Make sure to click Load Template before clicking Save Changes at the bottom of the form. Don't worry all the changes in every tab are saved when you click the large blue button. 🙂
Upload as many images as you like up to your server using a file transfer protocol such as FTP. You should make sure your images are well formed jpeg, gif or png images with file extensions, other types or files will be ignored. Once you have connected to your server your should navigate to the WordPress Uploads Directory, where inside will be a directory labeled catablog. look inside that directory for originals, place your new images inside the Originals Directory. So once again the upload path is:
4. Once again open the the CataBlog Options. There you should look in the Systems Tab for the Rescan Original Images Folder Now button. Make sure your previous settings are right and then click the Rescan Originals Folder Now button. Now depending on how many photos you upload the entire rendering process could take some time. You could perhaps go get a cup of coffee or read the news while you wait. You should let it complete before leaving the page, if you don't though, you can always come back and Recalculate The Thumbnails at a later time.
Open a Page or Post and add the CataBlog shortcode where you would like your gallery to appear.<br / examples:
There you have it, hopefully that wasn't to painful. I hope you had fun following along, I will have a video up soon showing how to do these exact steps. If you hit snags or have problems installing or using CataBlog please read the documentation before contacting me. Ideally you will post a new thread at the WordPress Forum with the tag CataBlog. Thanks again, especially those who have donated, glad to be of service.