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-Categories represent the structure of your gallery.+====== Albums Management ======
-==== Basics ====+Albums are the structure of your gallery.
-Basically, category is represented by a directory at any level in +==== Virtual albums ==== 
-PhpWebGallery directory //galleries//. If your website is not local to + 
-your computer, you will have to use a FTP client to manage your categories+Piwigo allows you to create virtual albums where no directory corresponds to this album in the filesystem. This is rather logical organization registered in the database.  You can create virtual albums on the album management administration screen [Administration > Albums > Manage]. 
 +==== Physical albums ==== 
 +If you use the //FTP + synchronization// method to add photos in your Piwigo gallery, then you have some physical albums. 
 +A physical album is represented by a directory at any level in 
 +the directory //galleries//. If your website is not local to 
 +your computer, you will have to use a FTP client to manage your albums
 directory, otherwise you can create/move/delete directories directory, otherwise you can create/move/delete directories
-locally. PhpWebGallery does not create directories for categories in+locally. Piwigo does not create directories for albums in
 //galleries//. //galleries//.
-Each category can contain as many child-levels as you wish.+Each album can contain as many child-levels as you wish.
 **Warning** : //thumbnail//, //pwg_high//, **Warning** : //thumbnail//, //pwg_high//,
 //pwg_representatives// are reserved directory names for //pwg_representatives// are reserved directory names for
-PhpWebGallery. Don't use them for your categories.+Piwigo. Don't use them for your albums.
 **Warning** : the name of directories and files must be composed of **Warning** : the name of directories and files must be composed of
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 display (pictures for instance). display (pictures for instance).
 +==== Tips ====
 +A way to distinguish between albums is by their content:
-==== Virtual categories ==== +  __child album__ : contains photos 
- +  * __parent album__ : contains child albums
-PhpWebGallery proposes you to create virtual categories : no directory +
-coresponds to this category. You can create virtual categories in screen +
-[administration panel >> Categories >> Manage]. +
- +
-This feature is interesting only because PhpWebGallery offers you the +
-possibility to associate an element to other categories than its storage +
-category, as described in [[Elements management]]. +
- +
-Virtual categories are represented the same way in public part of your +
-site. So that users can't know if they are in a real categoroy or a virtual +
-one. But who cares ? +
- +
- +
-==== Advises ==== +
- +
-=== Mother Vs daughter === +
- +
-A way to distinguish categories is about their content : +
- +
-  __daughter category__ : contains elements +
-  * __mother category__ : contains child categories +
- +
-By the way, a category containing nothing should be an opportunity to have a +
-deep reflexion about the way you organize your pictures ;-). +
- +
-Even if PhpWebGallery has no problem to manage categories that are mother +
-and daughter at the same time, you are strongly advised for each category to +
-choose between mother **or** daughter type. Here follows the design reasons +
-that lead to this advise : +
- +
-  * __Navigation__ : in the public part of the site, you may have understood that thumbnails of the main page can represent either a child category or an element. If a category contain at least one element, only thumbnails representing elements will be shown... and not thumbnails representing child categories. Having a category **mother** and **daughter** at the same time breaks the navigation when gallery members use only thumbnails to go deeper in your categories structure. +
- +
-  * __Permissions__ : as explained in [[Permissions management]], if you set a private category authorized for a user, automatically all parent categories of this category become authorized. If any of these parent categories contains elements, these elements will be reachable to the user. This may not be what you really want. +
- +
-=== Events Vs Themes === +
- +
-Another way to distinguish categories is the following : +
- +
-  * __event category__ : the category is associated to an event like an anniversary, or a Christmas night.+
-  * __theme category__ : the category is associated to a theme like a person or a color+By the way, empty albums are automatically hidden.
-The advise is to organize your directories (so we are talking about real +Even if Piwigo handles albums that are parent and child at the same timeyou are strongly advised to 
-categoriescontrary to virtual categories) by events and not by +decide between parent **or** child for each album .
-themes. Virtual categories will be dedicated to themes (they were made for +
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