Adding Date to Gallery and Sorting by that Date

jgwalterjgwalter Washington, DCPosts: 11Registered Users Big grins
There does not appear to be a way to assign (or change) the date that a gallery was created? I'd like to create a sort of, newsfeed of galleries ordered by that date. Any ideas? Also, if there is a folder nested in a folder that contains images, it seems to only be placed at the beginning. No ability to sort.

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  • AceCo55AceCo55 Aussie Grinner Posts: 955Registered Users Major grins

    If I'm understanding your problem, you can do that by
    1. logging in to your site
    2. going to the folder with all the galleries you want to sort
    3. click on "Organize" (or do 2 and 3 in the reverse order)
    4. In the top right of the "Organize" screen there is a "Sort by" drop down menu with four options
    5. Choose "Sort by date created"
    6. Next to that choose 9-1 (most recent first) or 1-9 (most recent last)

    As I said, I hope I have understood your issue

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  • jgwalterjgwalter Washington, DCPosts: 11Registered Users Big grins
    edited October 19, 2018
    Thank you for responding. I understand how that works, however, the problem is when I choose 'Sort by Date Created', it uses the date that the gallery itself was created in SmugMug, and there is no way to change that date. This means that if I have a group of galleries, for example, photos taken in 2018, and I want to display them in a chronological order related to when the photos in each were taken, I must create those galleries in that order. There is no way to insert one later or correct a mistake as there is no date associated with the gallery itself.

    Here are some examples of the same group of galleries on different sites that I have been working with:

    1. PhotoDeck: johngwalter.com/-/galleries/blog/friends-family -- Galleries sorted by date, displaying only a single image from each.

    2. Wordpress: travelogue.johngwalter.com/index.php/category/friends-family/ -- Galleries sorted by date, displaying all photos in sequence.

    3. Smugmug: johngwalter.smugmug.com/Friends-Family/2018 -- Galleries sorted by Date Created. First two are coincidentally correct, but the remainder are not, as they were uploaded randomly from Lightroom.

    My apologies for the lack of links, but this site won't let me post them yet.
  • leftquarkleftquark SmugMug Product Team Posts: 3,383Administrators, Vanilla Admin, SmugMug Product Team SmugMug Employee

    At this time there is no ability to set a "date" to a gallery, or to have the gallery know what dates the photos inside it were taken during. Other customers have requested this as well and we'll keep the feature request in mind as we work on making it easier to organize your photos.

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  • kevmacmillskevmacmills Bellingham, WAPosts: 4Registered Users Big grins
    edited December 18, 2018
    Another bump for this request: I'm laying out my galleries under folders for each year. Being able to sort the galleries by "Date Captured" within the folder would be a great help!
  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,170Super Moderators moderator

    @kevmacmills said:
    Another bump for this request: I'm laying out my galleries under folders for each year. Being able to sort the galleries by "Date Captured" within the folder would be a great help!

    Until (if!) this request is implemented in SmugMug, have you considered naming your galleries with a leading date in the format year-month-day and sorting by the gallery name? This could work for you with names like "2018-12-01 ".

  • kevmacmillskevmacmills Bellingham, WAPosts: 4Registered Users Big grins
    edited December 18, 2018
    > @denisegoldberg said:
    > Until (if!) this request is implemented in SmugMug, have you considered naming your galleries with a leading date in the format year-month-day and sorting by the gallery name? This could work for you with names like "2018-12-01 ".

    Yes... :smile: I just prefer the clean look of a single word or two and it would mirror my layout in MacOS Photos.
  • WinsomeWorksWinsomeWorks Keep Thou my Feet Posts: 1,933Registered Users Major grins

    @jgwalter said:
    There does not appear to be a way to assign (or change) the date that a gallery was created? I'd like to create a sort of, newsfeed of galleries ordered by that date. Any ideas? Also, if there is a folder nested in a folder that contains images, it seems to only be placed at the beginning. No ability to sort.

    I may not be completely understanding your issue, & maybe it's been solved adequately (until SmugMug changes something) for your needs. However, I just wanted to be sure you know you can also click & drag galleries & folders around within the Organizer. I mean, even if you have the order set to "Date Created - ascending", for instance, while you're looking at a gallery's contents in the Organizer, or a folder or sub-folder's contents, you can click on a photo's thumbnail, or a gallery's thumbnail, or a folder's thumbnail & drag it to the spot you want in your line-up. At that point, the order will re-set to "Manual Order" or something like that (I forget the exact wording). but when other galleries or folders are added, they'll continue to fall into the order they originally were going in, while still saving the manual changes.

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  • jgwalterjgwalter Washington, DCPosts: 11Registered Users Big grins

    @WinsomeWorks said:

    @jgwalter said:
    There does not appear to be a way to assign (or change) the date that a gallery was created? I'd like to create a sort of, newsfeed of galleries ordered by that date. Any ideas? Also, if there is a folder nested in a folder that contains images, it seems to only be placed at the beginning. No ability to sort.

    I may not be completely understanding your issue, & maybe it's been solved adequately (until SmugMug changes something) for your needs. However, I just wanted to be sure you know you can also click & drag galleries & folders around within the Organizer. I mean, even if you have the order set to "Date Created - ascending", for instance, while you're looking at a gallery's contents in the Organizer, or a folder or sub-folder's contents, you can click on a photo's thumbnail, or a gallery's thumbnail, or a folder's thumbnail & drag it to the spot you want in your line-up. At that point, the order will re-set to "Manual Order" or something like that (I forget the exact wording). but when other galleries or folders are added, they'll continue to fall into the order they originally were going in, while still saving the manual changes.

    Thanks for the response. Yes, I am aware of the ability to manually order a gallery. It is way too time-consuming, and error-prone, for my intended result. I've since moved away from using SmugMug for this purpose.

  • rjwilnerrjwilner USAPosts: 25Registered Users Big grins

    There is a fairly easy way of doing this. Prefix the filename with the date the image was shot and sort galleries by filename. For me, batch renaming of images is part & parcel of importing images from the camera. I use a format that results in file names being something like '20190101_SomethingAboutTheLocation_0001' when imported.

  • jgwalterjgwalter Washington, DCPosts: 11Registered Users Big grins

    @rjwilner said:
    There is a fairly easy way of doing this. Prefix the filename with the date the image was shot and sort galleries by filename. For me, batch renaming of images is part & parcel of importing images from the camera. I use a format that results in file names being something like '20190101_SomethingAboutTheLocation_0001' when imported.

    Thanks, but I think you missed the point of my post? I am interested in sorting the galleries, not the images within. The images within are easily sorted via a filename syntax as you describe. I tested a similar scheme for naming galleries, which worked, but since the gallery name is what is presented on the website, the results were not ideal. What is lacking is a simple parameter for a date within the gallery itself.

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