Enabling Guestbook and Photo Comments

By default, guestbook entries and photo comments are enabled. You always have the option of limiting or disabling these features.

This guide covers how to:



Enabling/Disabling the Guestbook and Comments via Access Control

  1. In the Dashboard, go to Photos.
  2. Under the organizer, click the gallery, group or collection that you would like to edit.
  3. Under the Toolbox, click on Gallery Access, Group Access or Collection Access.  A pop-up window will appear.
  4. Uncheck Same as Containing Group. (if necessary)
  5. Go to the Comments tab.
  6. Check or uncheck Allow Guestbook to Show or Not Show the Guestbook. You can also choose to check and uncheck the following options:
    • Allow new private posts (only you can see them)
    • Allow new public posts (anyone can see them)
    • Allow new posts from users not registered with Zenfolio
    • Public Posts must be approved before others can see them
  7. Check or uncheck Allow Comments to Show or Not Show Comments. You can also choose to check and uncheck the following options:
    • Allow new private comments (only you can see them)
    • Allow new public comments (anyone can see them)
    • Allow new comments from users not registered with Zenfolio
    • Public Comments must be approved before others can see them
  8. Click Save to apply your changes.

Controlling comments guestbook via Access Control

For the main guestbook of your site, you will need to make sure that the Guestbook is allowed for the top most group (normally called the All Photographs group).

 

Show/Hide Guestbook and Comments through Customize Website View

You can disable the Guestbook entry on your gallery thumbnails pages or opt to have it follow your Access Control settings by following these in Customize Website View.

  1. In the Dashboard, go to Photos.
  2. Navigate to the desired Gallery under the Organizer.
  3. Hover the mouse pointer over Preview then click on Customize.

Preview to CVV

The page will refresh with customization tools displayed at the top, confirming that you are in the customization mode.

 

  1. Go to Options.
  2. You may need to uncheck the box that says Use Default Settings For Layout, Theme, and Options.
  3. Go to the Guestbook tab.
  4. Select Hide or Show next to Guestbook (Or choose Follow Access Control if you have set your preferences in the Dashboard).
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Publish your changes before exiting Customize Website View to make those changes live on your site.

Hide Show Guestbook on Thumbnails Page
 
Once you set these page options you can click on Save as Default to apply the same settings to all of your other galleries that follow default settings.

 

Also, you may want to do this at the photo page level as well so visitors cannot comment on the photos individually.

  1. In the Dashboard, go to Photos.
  2. Navigate to the desired Gallery under the Organizer.
  3. Hover the mouse pointer over Preview then click on Customize.

Preview to CVV

The page will refresh with customization tools displayed at the top, confirming that you are in the customization mode.
 

  1. Click on Gallery Thumbnails in the top left corner then choose Gallery Quick Shop from the menu that appears
  2. Go to Options.
  3. You may need to uncheck the box that says Use Default Settings For Layout, Theme, and Options.
  4. Go to the Quick Shop tab.
  5. Select Show next to Comments.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click Save as Default to save this gallery's customization settings as the new default settings for galleries.
  8. Publish your changes before exiting Customize Website View to make those changes live on your site.

Show Comments in Quick Shop



If selling is disabled in the gallery, you may need to go to the Photo Page to enable Comments. This is also done in Customize Website View.

  1. Click on Gallery Thumbnails or Gallery Quick Shop in the top left corner then choose Gallery Photos from the menu that appears
  2. Go to Options.
  3. You may need to uncheck the box that says Use Default Settings For Layout, Theme, and Options.
  4. Go to the Comments tab.
  5. Select Hide or Show next to Link to Comments (Or choose Follow Access Control if you have set your preferences in the Dashboard).
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Publish your changes before exiting Customize Website View to make those changes live on your site.
Hide Show Comments CVV Photo Page

Once you set these page options you can click on Save as Default to apply the same settings to all of your other galleries that follow default settings.