Streamline experience for categories With Single Gallery
When categories on the home page have just one gallery on it, a user has to click twice to get to the gallery.
I brought this issue up 4 years ago. It is now time to build a fix to this limitation.
Here's a hypothetical that explains the situation:
Suppose I have 6 categories. Five of these categories have just one gallery, and one has lots of subcategories and lots of galleries. On the home page, I would like to display the following links:
* Gallery 1
* Gallery 2
* Category 3
* Gallery 4
* Gallery 5
* Gallery 6
Instead, smugmug displays the following links:
* Category 1
* Category 2
* Category 3
* Category 4
* Category 5
* Category 6
To get to the galleries, the user has to click twice, once on the category, and once on the gallery.
Potential Solutions, and why they don't work:
This doesn't solve the problem for four reasons:
1. Only 4 galleries can be featured. I have 5.
2. The categories still show up on the home page, which means that the galleries essentially show up twice.
3. Grouping these galleries together doesn't make sense. The only thing they have in common is a technical limitation on smugmug's part to display them properly.
4. The galleries are no longer displayed alphabetically.
Simply change "Display: Categories" to "Display: Galleries".
This doesn't work for one simple reason. All those galleries that used to be neatly organized are now spread out on the home page.
My Proposed Solution
I understand that mixing galleries and categories on the home page has the potential for confusion on the smugmug user's part. I believe my solution is simple to explain, and understand.
* There is a category titled "Home Page"
* Any galleries placed in this category show up on the home page.
They would be sorted and organized as if they were categories on the home page. Visitors to the site won't be confused because they will click on a thumbnail labeled "portraits", and will be taken to a gallery with portraits - just what they wanted!
Completed with the New SmugMug
This would be very nice as a way to have a set of galleries on the home page (since featured is limited to 4) but still have categories as well
Janice Browne commented
In the meantime, see jfriend's script that eliminates the extra click:
This doesn't eliminate the need to assign every gallery to a category, but from a visitor's perspective, it's almost transparent.