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Competition setup instructions

Edit the variables below, using the ‘Elementor’ page builder

The contest within our website is split into the non-members’ pages on the ‘outside of our login. These pages are ‘stacked’ by design, to allow for scrolling vertically, as non-members will probably view on their mobiles.  Non-members can view and vote when requested, but cannot submit images. These pages are restricted by nature and without any horizontal menu bar to prevent access to members pages.
The inside pages for our members use the same templated contest structure, but have full access to submitting and voting and access to all parts of our site via links and the menu navigation bar header.

CONTEST GALLERY PLUGIN

TEMPLATES

The variable data for our contest pages is generated from a series of master templates. Given that we need to populate 5 pages outside the members’ firewall both for members and non-members use and a further three pages inside the members section for every new contest, the repeating information: dates, titles, master image, times etc need only be entered once below, rather than 15 times each! Scroll down to enter this data.

 

The programming and logic for the contest on our website are managed by a plugin named ‘Contest Gallery’. It handles the contest’s administration, such as setting up and labeling the contest elements, text, layout, etc., importing and labeling entry images, cataloging the images, and gathering voting data and security details.

Each new contest is a replication of the previous ones’ settings, but image links to the previously submitted contest have been cleared. The new contest has its ‘short-code’ reference number increased by 1 to indicate a new set of data.

Settings

The contest gallery plugin creates image galleries for competitions based on the plugin’s settings. Each contest is assigned a unique reference number that corresponds with the submitted photographs. The image galleries are updated in real time and feature additional functionalities that vary depending on whether the viewer is a member or non-member, or according to the gallery’s intended use. For instance, it may allow voting within the gallery or display only the winning images to the viewer. Upon creating a new contest gallery, a unique set of codes is generated. These codes are used by my templates (provided below) to showcase the relevant gallery on our various pages, complete with the chosen options.

 

The code will take the form of a ‘short-code’ inside square brackets [     ] like this :    cg_gallery_winner id=”xxx”

 

As written, this example short-code will display the gallery of images (cg-gallery) created from contest number xxx.

Additionally, it filters the selected images to include just the ones tagged as winners (_winner) and displays them in a unique gallery layout on the page.

 

There are 4 codes (commands) that we use, all in combination with the unique gallery id:              

VOTING – NO VOTING – UPLOAD – WINNERS

 

Click on the button below and copy the previous gallery settings, selecting ‘options and forms’ to create a new gallery

Keep the new window open and look for the ‘COPY SHORTCODE’ icons. You will need these for the next step.

Contest setup

## CONTEST TITLE (template)

Set up this template first.
This will place the contest title at the head of every contest page.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

Contest

## CONTEST IMAGE

Set up this second.
This will place the contest image at the head of every contest page.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the image template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

## CONTEST GALLERY SHORT-CODE (IMAGE UPLOAD)

This will select the new CONTEST UPLOAD gallery to be displayed in every contest page WHERE APPLICABLE.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and paste in the new short-code for the latest contest and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

No entries found
Photo contest ist over
Photo contest ist over
    
    
    





## CONTEST GALLERY (ALLOW VOTING GALLERY)

This will select the CONTEST VOTING gallery to be displayed in every contest page WHERE APPLICABLE.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and paste in the new short-code for the latest contest and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

No entries found
Photo contest ist over
Photo contest ist over
    
    
    
    
    





    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

## CONTEST GALLERY (NO-VOTING GALLERY DISPLAY)

This will select the CONTEST NO-VOTING gallery to be displayed in every contest page WHERE APPLICABLE.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and paste in the new short-code for the latest contest and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

No entries found
Photo contest ist over
Photo contest ist over
    
    
    





    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

## CONTEST GALLERY WINNERS

This will select the CONTEST WINNERS gallery to be displayed in every contest page WHERE APPLICABLE.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and paste in the new short-code for the latest contest and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
NOTE: Set this value to the previous contest number.. i.e. if the new contest is 7, set this value to contest 6.

No entries found
Photo contest ist over
Photo contest ist over
    
    
    





    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

Dates setup

USER COUNT-DOWN DATE DISPLAY WITHIN CONTEST PAGES

## CONTEST SUBMISSION DATE

This will reset the contest IMAGE SUBMISSIONS DATE countdown timer to the END OF THE SUBMISSION PERIOD in every contest page.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

00Days
00Hours
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## CONTEST TEASER LAUNCH DATE

This will reset the contest START DATE countdown timer in every contest page. This will be used if you wish to pre-warn the viewer that a new contest is imminent. I.E. "COME BACK TO SEE OUR NEW CONTEST STARTING IN ???? DAYS, that sort of thing. It does not have any use other than to alert the viewer to the period of the contest.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

Days
Hours
Minutes

## CONTEST VOTING PERIOD (Set Closing date for voting)

This will reset the contest DATE FOR VOTING ENDING countdown timer in every contest page.
Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.

00Days
00Hours
00Minutes

## INTERNAL DISPLAY TIMERS (SWITCH SECTIONS ON AND OFF)

This will set the sections within our contest pages to sequentially display depending on the date set for the contest.
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Click on the box below and to the left of your screen you will see the EDIT column.
The column header will change to "Edit template" In the 'content' column, under 'choose template' the template name will appear.
The current template name (as shown above) should be the one selected and an 'edit template' button will be visible. Click the button and a new page will be opened in your browser. Edit the contents and press the pink "PUBLISH" button on the top right corner of your screen.
Once published, all the BPG website pages with the template inserted will be automatically updated...
Close this page, repeat with the other templates as shown underneath.