Creating your First Gallery and Uploading Photos

For Zenfolio users that signed up after May 10 2018, please click here for updated instructions using the new Photos Page in the Dashboard.

Galleries are where your uploaded photographs are stored. Every gallery has a corresponding visitor page where visitors can view thumbnails and photographs.  This is how your images are displayed on your site.

When you upload photographs you must always upload them into a new or existing gallery.

You must be in the Dashboard in order to upload photographs.

To Upload Photographs for the First Time

In the Dashboard, you will see tiles that contain shortcuts to various sections of the account. In the Photos tile, click on Create New Gallery. A pop up window will appear.

Create New Gallery in Dashboard

Creating a New Gallery

  1. In the pop up window You will be prompted to give the new gallery a title along with the options to create a caption and keywords - then to click Next.
  2. You will then be able to choose where to place your new gallery. If no other Groups have yet been created the gallery will be placed in the top-level All Photographs group - then click Next.
  3. Next you can determine the accessibility of the gallery. You can choose to make the gallery Public, Password Protected, or Private (only visible to you while logged into your account). You can always change this by going to the Access Control settings.


If you have any questions about file formats and recommended image sizes refer to Uploading guidelines.


Uploading Photographs

After clicking Continue to Upload...

  1. Open the folder in your computer that contains the images. While holding down the left mouse button, drag the files over the uploader browser window. When you see an orange highlight around the uploader box, release the mouse button and the files will drop inside the uploader.
  2. Click Upload to begin uploading.

Dashboard Drag and Drop Images to Upload

Depending on your internet connection speeds, then number of images being uploaded and the file size of each image, the upload may take a while. Please be patient. The Estimated Upload Time will countdown as the images are uploaded.  

Click Done to close the Upload window once you've completed the uploads.

Dashboard Upload Done


Now you've created your first gallery and uploaded your first photos.  You can see how images look in the gallery's web page by following these steps.

  1. Staying in the Dashboard, click on Most Recent. The Dashboard view of the new gallery will load on the screen.
  2. Click on Preview to view the gallery's webpage. This is what your clients will see when they view this gallery.

Most Recent Dashboard

You can also see the steps for creating a new gallery and uploading photos in this tutorial video.

If you have any questions about file formats and recommended image sizes refer to Uploading guidelines.