How to manage the photo contest entries of your WordPress website

This article assumes you’ve downloaded and installed the following plugins to your WordPress website:

  • NextGEN Gallery: this plugin adds the ability to showcase image galleries throughout your website.
  • NextGEN Gallery Voting: this plugin adds the ability for users to vote on existing NextGEN Galleries and images. A few basic options give the ability to limit who can vote on what.
  • NextGEN Public Uploader: this plugin allows frontend image uploading for your users. All images uploaded by your visitors must be moderated before being displayed in your NextGEN Gallery.

This plugin adds the ability for users to vote on NextGEN Galleries and images. A few basic options give the ability to limit who can vote on what.

Once you’ve logged into the administrator area of your WordPress website, you should follow these next steps:

Step 1 — On the left-hand side menu, find and click the tab link entitled Public Uploader. On this page, you are given several different options which are associated with the public uploader tool you would like shown on the frontend of your website.

Step 2 — You must select the default gallery ID in order for this plugin to work. You can create a new gallery name (e.g. Photo Contests) from the Gallery > Add Gallery / Image page.

Step 3 — On the left-hand side menu, find and open the tab entitled Gallery. Now, select and click on the sub-menu called Manage Gallery.

Step 4 — Select and click on the gallery name associated with the ID chosen in the settings of the NextGEN Public Uploader. This will bring you to the page where you get to approve, modify and/or remove the photos that were submitted by your visitors to the photo contest.

Step 5 — All new images submitted to the photo contest gallery await the administrator’s approval to be published onto the website. To approve an image, you would simply need to uncheck the box under the column entitled exclude in the table located at the bottom of this page. You can also modify the title text and description of the image under the column entitled Alt & Title Text / Description.

That’s it!

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How to install WordPress and upload your website template

This tutorial will help you learn how to accomplish two things:

  1. how to install WordPress on your server;
  2. how to upload your website template (Theme) to your new WordPress site.

Steps to install WordPress

Step 1 — Before you begin, you must first download the latest version of WordPress and unzip the package, if you haven’t already done so.

Step 2 — Next, you will need to create a database for WordPress on the server and also create a MySQL user with all privileges.

Step 3 — Upload all of the WordPress files via FTP (e.g. FileZilla) in your desired location onto the server:

  • You can choose to either upload the WordPress files into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/) by moving or uploading all contents of the root of the directory on the server.
  • You can also choose to upload your WordPress files inside its very own subfolder on your website (e.g. http://example.com/blog/) by creating the blog directory on the server and then uploading WordPress via FTP.

Step 4 — Finally, open and run the installation script in your favourite web browser by visiting: wp-admin/install.php. Depending on which location you decided to upload the files in the last step, you should either visit one of these two examples:

Steps to uploading your website template

If your template’s files have already been uploaded onto the server, you may skip steps 1-3 below and proceed with your template’s activation process (step 4).

Step 1 — You will first need to download the template’s archive and then extract its content files. You might need to keep the directory structure intact in order for the template to function properly, depending on the guidelines provided by the author of your template.

Step 2 — Next, while using an FTP client to access your web server, create a new directory to save your template inside the wp-content/themes folder provided by WordPress. Take the following as an example: a template named Winter should be inside wp-content/themes/winter. Your template might already be structured like so as part of the archive.

Step 3 — In this next step, you will simply need to upload the template files to the new folder onto the server.

Step 4 — To make your template active on your website, first log into the WordPress backend. Next, select the Appearance panel, then Themes. From the Available Themes section, click on the template title (or template screenshot) for the template you wish to activate. A preview of the template will be shown. In order for your template to be active, simply click the Activate “template name” link in the top right.

That’s it! WordPress should now be installed using the website template (Theme) of your choice.