Learn 3 ways to install each mini site

UNDER CONSTRUCTION



The new mini sites will allow three (3) different ways of installing them.
    1. Add as a folder. The domain would look like:  http://yourdomain.com/jackandjill2011
    2. As a sub-domain:   http://jackandjill2011.yourdomain.com
    3. As a totally new domain name:  jackandjill2011.com

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As a Folder (the quickest way)
As a folder, the domain would look like:  http://yourdomain.com/jackandjill2011
Once purchasing the Bloom mini-site for your client the installer will immediately go into the installation process. The installer will ask you what domain name you want to use and the sub-folder the files will be stored.

The domain name will be: yourdomain.com
The sub-folder: jackandjill2011
    - this folder, jackandjill2011, will be created automatically for you in the proper place on the server you do not need to do anything else.

Follow through with entering in the FTP information that it requests and finalize installation.
- you should not need to set up a document path, this may vary depending on your server.

*The benefit for you here is that your domain name will be in the link so that is a way for people to see your domain name in relation to the site. This is just a simple way to have your name out there for other potential clients to check you out.

*A downside: This can use up a lot of space over time and if you have a hosting company that has limitations on server capacity then you will want to consider making a move to another company that does not. Here are our preferred vendors: Hosting Plans


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As a Subdomain (not as quick)
As a sub-domain, the URL will look something like:   http://jackandjill2011.yourdomain.com
A. First thing that needs to be determined is what the sub-domain name will be (jackandjill2011).

B. Create a folder on the server for this sub-domain, ideally, name it the same thing as the sub-domain. This will eliminate any confusions down the road when or if you need to sort things out. This folder can be created through a FTP client like FileZilla or whatever you favorite FTP client is. If you do not have an FTP client you can log into your cPanel.
Once in cPanel you will go to the Files section and select File Manager. Select Go. This will load a new window there will be icons along the top. You will select new folder, name it, save it.

C. If you are not logged into cPanel or your hosting companies admin area you will need to do so now. Here you will create the sub-domain.
- in cPanel: go to Domain section and select Sub-domains, enter in the sub-domain name you want (jackandjill2011) and then point it to the folder you just created. Save and you are done.
- if your hosting company does not use cPanel it may be best to call them and have them assist you in this step.

D. Once you have created the folder and sub-domain you will now want to finalize the installation. The installer will now ask for your domain name. Here you put: jackandjill2011.yourdomain.com
Nothing needs to be put in the folder area.
Follow through with entering in the FTP information that it requests and finalize installation.
- you should not need to set up a document path, this may vary depending on your server.


*The benefit for you here is that your domain name will be in the link so that is a way for people to see your domain name in relation to the site. This is just a simple way to have your name out there for other potential clients to check you out.

*A downside: This can use up a lot of space over time and if you have a hosting company that has limitations on server capacity then you will want to consider making a move to another company that does not. Here are our preferred vendors. Hosting Plans

 

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As a New Domain (not quick)
As a totally new domain name the URL will look something like:  jackandjill2011.com
A.  Purchase a new domain name through whomever you normally purchase them through.
-   Once purchased you will need to change the Nameservers to point to your hosting plan. You should be aware of your Nameservers for this process you can check out what yours are by going to   http://who.is/   enter in your domain name and on the left hand side there will be a section that says Nameservers and list at least 2 values in there ( i.e. ns1.domain.com & ns2.domain.com).
- Once changed this will take anywhere from 24-48 hours for the changes to go through.
- You can now go back to http://who.is/  and enter in the new domain name jackandjill2011.com and check to see what the Nameservers are when they have changed on this screen you can go to the installer (Step C)

B. While waiting for the change you can create a folder on the server for this new domain, ideally, name it the same thing as the new domain. This will eliminate any confusions down the road when or if you need to sort things out. This folder can be created through a FTP client like FileZilla or whatever you favorite FTP client is. If you do not have an FTP client you can log into your cPanel.
Once in cPanel you will go to the Files section and select File Manager. Select Go. This will load a new window there will be icons along the top. You will select new folder, name it, save it.

C.  When this is done you can then resume the installation at  Installer.
-  FYI if the key does not work you can select on that screen the button that states "I don't know my product key" and it will be emailed to you.
- Enter in the new domain name that you bought and nothing in the folder area.

D. Follow through with entering in the FTP information that it requests and finalize installation.
- you should not need to set up a document path, this may vary depending on your server.


*The benefit here is more for the bride and groom where they will have a domain name specifically for them for however long they wish.

*A downside: Some smaller hosting plans do not support multiple add-on or secondary domain names. This will require you to upgrade your plan to allow that option. Also, there is no direct link back to you unlike the other two options where your domain name is still in the url.

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14 Comments

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    Steve Schoenhoff

    Hey Michael,

    This sounds fantastic. We're interested in to integrate it into our packages.  Question:  Could we pre-pay a number of these sites and keep them in the wings until we sell them to a client?  i.e. We buy the licenses for a handful of mini-sites. Client X buys a package that includes it and then we install a mini-site into a subdomain or folder or separate domain.  A few days later Client Y wants one too, etc. 

    Steve 

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    michael sablone

    hey steve!  you sure can.  you can buy as many as you like.  just remember though -- we aren't offering product moves for bloom sites (since a product move is the same price as a new site), so each installation is locked into the original location you installed it.  once you install it, that's the url the site license is registered with.

    so if you install it at http://www.mydomain.com/clientname/  and then decide that it should really be http://www.mydomain.com/otherclientname/ you'd have to purchase a new copy, since renaming the folder, or moving it to a different location will just result in the site not working.  you just have to think of each installation as a permalink/permanent location.

    hope that makes sense!

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    Steve Schoenhoff

    Yup I got that from your excellent summary above, so I guess my question was whether we could buy the licenses ahead of time (to leverage breast cancer awareness savings) without actually doing the install and locking in the location right away. I mean saving money is one goal but also I have no idea yet what Client X's real name is or what they might want as a url for their site but when they are ready to roll I want to be ready to roll too...  Does that make sense?

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    michael sablone

    oh, totally with you.  i like buying in bulk just like the next guy.  and you can absolutely do it.  when you go through our installer, after you purchase, you don't have to complete the installation.  the way the installer works is

    select product > confirm purchase > purchase > choose installation location > test ftp > install
     

    so basically right after purchase, you want to NOT complete the rest of the install, and just return to the main menu to buy more.

    when you do this, you will be emailed a receipt of purchase with your product key.  you'll need this once you want to complete the installation, so keep those emails.

    and when you do want to resume installation, just go here: https://intothedarkroom.com/installer/?a=resume to complete the installation.  you can also request all available product keys at this screen in case you lost the emails i mentioned above.

    go for it!

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    Michael Houlden

    Hey these look fantastic!  Way to go.  A question.  Does the mini-site come with Flaunt and Vend or do those need to be purchased separately to use them with the mini-sites?  And just wondering if you guys have plans in the works to create a way for these mini-sites to be published to a facebook app or something similar?

    Thanks,

    Michael

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    Steve Schoenhoff

    Thanks, Michael (sablone).  I'm off to start laying down the cash. ;)

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    michael sablone

    @michael houlden -- thanks man!  no, sorry flaunt and vend are not included.  but this is one of our first steps in integrating our products more.  look out for more cross-product integration in the future.  in terms of future plans:  we just have no idea.  we want what you want -- but we don't know what that is yet.  give one a shot, and by all means please use this site to add suggestions -- this product is a blank canvas.

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    Rachel Perry de Schrank

    Can I link from the mini site to an external site to sell prints? I use a service that fulfills the print orders for me so I don't really want to start handling those orders myself. Unless you have a suggestion for automatically sending the orders that come into the Vend cart to a print service....

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    Steve Schoenhoff

    @Rachel, you must process a LOT of orders...  Just curious by "linking" do you mean sending visitors to your proofing site (Zenfolio I'm guessing or something similar?).  I'm sure that's gotta be fairly straightforward to do.  But as to VEND.... I kinda figured the whole point of VEND was to process print orders ones self and save the 20% bite that soup to nuts places like Zenfolio/MPix take.  I wouldn't want operating VEND to get more expensive. I like the new profit margin it's giving us on print orders from the www.

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    Info

    Am I able to add more than one event (slideshows, vend links, etc.)to a single mini site?  For instance, I'm thinking about using these for my family clients... and adding on to them as we do more sessions.   Thanks!

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    Chad Pennington

    I would love if you guys came out with a new version of software that had that little question marks and told you what everything is and how it works

    in addition to videos explaining everything detail in the back end and showing you examples of how to use it.  

    I think your products are the bomb but you have to be a sort of developer to understand or just take up a lot of hours trying to figure out what goes where and how.    Everytime I get a new Products (It's my 3rd) I have to either bug your guys a tech support or have to search and search for the answer via the forum or you tube.  To me this is nor good.   Blow away the competition in the front and the back of the house.  This is how you create your own ocean

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    michael sablone

    Rachel Perry de Schrank - you can add a link to any proofing/print comapny you like.  it won't have the fancy integration that vend enjoys, though.

    Steve Schoenhoff - you are correct. vend is strictly a self-fulfillment system, although we have long term plans for lab integration.

    Info - it's just one flaunt and vend entry per site, but the link boxes are unlimited.  they are really kind of designed to embrace one event, but you are free to do what you like with them!

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    Chad Pennington

    No love for my comment Michael?

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