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Picfair Plus Guide: Setting up your Store & where to Customise Plus Features

Stores and Plus

07 August 2019

Posted by Philip Mowbray

Once you have uploaded your first images to Picfair (our guide to uploading here), you’re ready to start setting up your Picfair Store! In this guide, we're going to be showing you how to get your basic Store set-up, and for Picfair Plus, where to customise your Plus features!

Your Store is for your photography, and yours alone, and getting your Store set up can all be done in simple steps from your Store Settings dashboard.

With Picfair Plus, you have full control over how your Store looks, but before customising Plus features, we recommend you set up your Store's theme and layout, and also choose how you would like your images to be organised - which is covered in this guide.

The screenshot below shows you where you can find Store Settings on the Picfair website:


1.) Publishing and Unpublishing your Store


When you first sign up to Picfair, your Store with automatically be inPublished mode - this means your Store is live, and you can see this at the top of the 'Store Settings' page under the section 'Publish'

If you want to make changes to your Store or take your Store offline for any reason you can choose to ‘unpublish’ your Store at any time by switching the toggle button back.

When your Store is published, you'll be able to see your live Store URL (example below), which is the web address that anyone can use to visit your Store. It is unique to you - so share your Store URL with your network and spread the word!

Your unique Store URL contains your Picfair username, but your Store URL can actually be anything you want - by linking your own custom domain, read our step-by-step guide to linking a custom domain here.


2.) Overview of Store Settings - where to customise Plus features


Underneath the section where you publish your Store, there are another five areas that allow you to manage your Store’s settings and customise Plus features. These are also displayed on the left-hand column of the page, and you can go back to this page at any time by clicking ‘Overview’.


- Theme and Design

In this section, you can control how you want your Store to look by choosing a stylish light or dark theme The theme is how your Store with look throughout and are designed to make your images stand out. In this section, you can also select the layout. The layout is how your images will be displayed on your Store, you can also add a welcome splash page from this section.


- Header and Navigation


From here, you can customise the look of the header section of your Store. This is the top section of your Store that displays your name and menu links that appear on each page of your Store.  In this section you can choose to add your own logo and bio, to add an extra touch of personality to your Store.

You can also include an in-Store search bar which will allow users to search your Store using keywords, and from here you can also edit the links on the Store menu; for example, here you can add a link to your personal blog to appear on your Store menu.


- Content and Organisation

This is where you can organise how the images you have uploaded to Picfair will appear on your Store. There are three different options you can select, and you can choose more than one.


- Domain Settings

This is the section where you can link your own custom domain to your Store. A domain name is the address of your website and with Picfair Plus you have the option to link a custom domain you have purchased to replace the standard ‘username.picfair.com’ domain. A custom domain is fantastic for marketing your Store and makes it easy for visitors to remember - learn more, and find out how to link a custom domain here.


- Advanced Settings

This section is where you can find more advanced settings for your Store, including where you can add and edit your own watermark, learn more about watermarks in our tutorial here.


3.) Setting up your Store's 'Theme' and 'Layout'


If you publish your Store before configuring your Store’s 'theme' and 'layout'. It will be automatically set to the ‘Light Theme’ and your images will be automatically displayed in ‘Rows’. But you can change this in the ‘Theme & Design’ section on Store Settings'

We recommend you try out both the light theme and dark theme and all the different image layouts - to see what you prefer and what works best for your images. You can change the layout option at any time from this page.

An example of a Picfair Store automatically set to 'light theme' and images displayed in 'rows'

Choose between a light theme and dark theme, and how you would like your images displayed on your Store

Please note: choosing a square layout will display a cropped version of your images on your Store if they are originally in portrait or landscape format. All images can be viewed at full size by selecting the arrow icon in the bottom right-hand corner when hovering over each image.

Make sure you click ‘Save Changes’ so any changes you’ve made will be on your Store. Next to ‘Save Changes’ you’ll also see a link to view your Store so you can quickly and easily see how everything looks when trying different theme and layout combinations!


4.) Organising your images


All of the images you have uploaded to Picfair will be displayed on your Store by default. To change this, and to further organise the images on your Store, go to the ‘Content & Organisation’ section of ‘Store Settings’. On this page, you will see a number of options you can choose to organise the images on your Store, and you can choose more than one option. The three display options are as follows:

All my images - 

Selecting this option means all the images you have uploaded to Picfair will be displayed on your Store. If you have this option selected, you can also choose to include the ‘in-Store’ search functionality, which will allow users to search through your collection of images using tags.

Albums -

Here you can choose to display all the albums you have created on your Store. Note: if you wish to display an edited selection of images only with albums, this will turn off the in-Store search functionality.

Featured album -

Here you can set one of your albums to be a ‘Featured Album’, which will have its own dedicated link on your Store menu. This is ideal for displaying a curated selection of images on your Store homepage, so your images will appear exactly how you want them to look.

Underneath all display options, you can select ‘Set as Homepage’ to showcase that particular display option either on the homepage of your Store, so when visitors click onto your Store, they can see all of your images, your set featured album or all of your albums.

Make sure you click ‘Save Changes’ when you have finished. From here you can also view your Store, so you can see the changes you have made.


Once you've chosen a theme, layout, and image display options, you've got your Picfair Store set up to go!


When looking at your live Store, at the top you’ll see your Store Header which is the main point of navigation across your Store. This is where your name or logo and bio text appears, along with an in-Store search bar (if selected) and links to the Store menu, social share links and shopping basket. The Store header is displayed consistently throughout your Store, and clicking on your name or logo will also bring you back to the Store homepage at any time.


An overview of a Picfair Plus Store


Now you've got your Store set up, here comes the exciting part - customising Plus features! Read more about customising Plus features in these chapters:

Custom Logos for Picfair Plus
Albums for your Picfair Plus Store
Adding a Custom Print Commission
- Linking a Custom Domain to your Picfair Plus Store

Bio text for your Picfair Plus Store

Adding a Welcome Splash Page

Linking Social Media Profiles & Adding Custom Menu Links
In-Store search for Picfair Plus Stores
Watermarks for Picfair Plus Store

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