Why didn't my gallery cover photo change?

RobRRobR Beginner grinnerRegistered Users Posts: 21 Big grins

Last night, on my personal computer, I changed the main photo on one of my galleries. I logged out and checked the gallery, and the photo was not changed. So I logged back in and changed it again. Then I logged out and checked it, and the photo was changed. This morning, on my work computer, without logging in to SmugMug, I went to my gallery, and saw that the gallery photo was not changed. What do I need to do to ensure that my site is published after I change something?

By the way, all photos that were uploaded last night are there as they should be.

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  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoRegistered Users Posts: 9,806 Major grins

    You might have to clear your cache.

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  • RobRRobR Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 21 Big grins
    edited May 15, 2020

    I tried. It didn't work.

    Check out https://crumbs-of-reality.smugmug.com/Trains-and-Railroads/All-the-Trains/ and tell me what you see as the gallery cover photo. Is it the bottom half a locomotive, featuring the headlights, and a gray wall on the right? Or is it the sunset view of headlights in the distance and glowing track that comes from https://crumbs-of-reality.smugmug.com/Trains-and-Railroads/All-the-Trains/i-RC8wqjN/A ?

    Might it be related to the fact that the actual photo I used as a cover photo is hidden in the gallery? I have added frames and titles to all of my uploaded photos, but if I use one of them, the frame is included in the cover image. So, I uploaded an unframed version of the sunset photo, made it my cover photo, and then hid the photo in the gallery. That seemed to work.

    I am doing the frames myself because SmugMug does not provide customization options for individual photos that I expected from such a well-known site. I was very disappointed about that.

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MASuper Moderators Posts: 12,791 moderator

    I see the bottom half of a locomotive and a gray wall on the right.

    I don't believe you can use a hidden photo for the gallery cover photo. The help page says:

    Have a few photos you'd rather keep to yourself? Go ahead and add them to SmugMug with the rest, but use the Hide Photo feature so your visitors only see the best.

    That implies to me that since no one but you can see the photo it won't show as the cover photo. You might want to ask the helpdesk if this is the issue, https://help.smugmug.com/email-a-smugmug-support-hero-rkwelDyVrz

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaRegistered Users Posts: 4,846 Major grins

    @RobR said:
    I am doing the frames myself because SmugMug does not provide customization options for individual photos that I expected from such a well-known site. I was very disappointed about that.

    I disagree.

  • RobRRobR Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 21 Big grins

    The choices were very limited and intrusive. I expected a full set of tools that would allow me to customize the appearance of my images in the same way that I can customize galleries or pages. Instead, there's almost nothing.

  • RobRRobR Beginner grinner Registered Users Posts: 21 Big grins

    And yes, the problem is that a cover photo for a gallery must be visible within the gallery. Again, available choices are too limited. I can move the picture around to control which slice of it is used, but I cannot zoom in.

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaRegistered Users Posts: 4,846 Major grins

    @RobR said:
    And yes, the problem is that a cover photo for a gallery must be visible within the gallery.

    Not true. You can select any photo from ANY gallery.

  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoRegistered Users Posts: 9,806 Major grins

    When picking a photo look for a breadcrumb at the top left so you can browse anywhere on your site for photo.

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  • JtringJtring Major grins CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 573 Major grins
    edited May 16, 2020

    Slow down. When picking a Feature Image, you can select from any gallery. When selecting a Cover Image -- the thing that makes a big banner across the top of a gallery page -- there is no breadcrumb on the page where you pick the image and no ability to select anything outside the gallery. Go try it. While RobR wanted to zoom in, I've often wanted to use a "zoomed out version" in cases where the picture in the gallery is cropped. You can't select the preview image for a video either. And you can't create special image to use as the cover, put it in the gallery, and then hide it, since you can't use a hidden image. I've bounced against all of these.

    Jim Ringland . . . . . jtringl.smugmug.com
  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaRegistered Users Posts: 4,846 Major grins

    The breadcrumbs @Allen is talking about is this:

    You can select ANY image in ANY gallery to use as a Cover Image.

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MASuper Moderators Posts: 12,791 moderator
    edited May 16, 2020

    @Hikin' Mike said:
    You can select ANY image in ANY gallery to use as a Cover Image.

    You can select any image in any gallery for a Feature image but the Cover image must come from the gallery you are working with. There is no breadcrumb. And what looks like a back arrow at the top of the screen is not active. Before I grabbed the screen there was a message at the top saying "select and image from this gallery".

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaRegistered Users Posts: 4,846 Major grins
    edited May 16, 2020

    @denisegoldberg said:

    @Hikin' Mike said:
    You can select ANY image in ANY gallery to use as a Cover Image.

    You can select any image in any gallery for a Feature image but the Cover image must come from the gallery you are working with. There is no breadcrumb. And what looks like a back arrow at the top of the screen is not active. Before I grabbed the screen there was a message at the top saying "select and image from this gallery".

    Ahhh. I just set mine in the "Basic" settings using the Feature Image, which DOES allow that. Forgot about the "Appearance" part.

  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MASuper Moderators Posts: 12,791 moderator

    @Hikin' Mike said:
    Ahhh. I just set mine in the "Basic" settings using the Feature Image, which DOES allow that.

    Yes, feature image has always allowed that. Unfortunately cover image does not.

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