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How to add an album

To add an album to your RecordPress catalog, hover over the “Albums” tab on the left side of WordPress and select “Add New”. Here is the view where you will enter all of the information about the record. Just like a WordPress post, the first field allows you to enter a title. To make finding your records easier in WordPress, and for sorting purposes, title the post as the name of the record. In the “Album Details” section, simply enter the information in the fields.

To set an album cover thumbnail for a record, select “Set featured image” on the right side of the post screen. Upload the image you would like to use, and once it’s finished scroll down in the lightbox and select “Use as featured image”. Close out of the lightbox and you’ll see that the image should now appear in the Featured Image section. You’re done! Click “Publish” and that record will be added to your collection.

How to set a custom header/logo

Hover over the “Appearance” tab in the WordPress navigation on the left and select “Theme Options”. Upload an image with a maximum width of 1000px and height of 200px, scroll down in the lightbox and select “I want this to be my logo”. Select “Save Settings” and your new logo/header will be set. (Note: Images that are smaller than 1000px in width will automatically be centered, so if you would like your text or logo to be positioned on the left or right edge you will have to place it on the left or right edge of a 1000px wide background.)

How to set the title of your RecordPress site.

Hover over the “Settings” tab in the WordPress navigation on the left and select “General”. Enter your site’s name in the “Site Title” field, save changes, and that name will now appear as the title of your site in a browser screen.

How to edit an album

To edit an album, hover over “Albums” and in the navigation and select “Albums”. Here you will see a list of all of the albums you’ve entered. If you have a large collection, you can use the search function in the top right and search by the album’s name (that’s why you title your post with the album name). Click on the album you’d like to edit, make your changes, and hit “Update”.

How to use a different photo of the album in the lightbox

You can use a larger photo as your featured image that shows up in the lightbox on your page. (The picture that pops up when you click on the little cover of each record.) This is a neat feature for those who want to display a photo of the full- packaging of their record. Perhaps to show off the color variant.

The key is designating a crop for the thumbnail of the image to display the cover, while retaining the full image. Start by uploading any photo you’d like, and “Use as Featured Image.” Then, click “Edit Image” and under “Apply Changes to…” select “Thumbnail.” On the image, use your cursor to select just the cover of the album (you’ll want it to be a square), and then click the Crop Icon (the first icon from the left) above the image. Then click “Save.” You should then have the full image show up in the lightbox, while only the cover of the album is in the little preview thumbnail.

How to import your collection from a .CSV file

To anyone who keeps their collection in an Excel file, Google Doc, Discogs, or any other system that allows you to export your collection as a .csv file, you can import that to RecordPress! The main thing to consider when doing this is having matching information. Recordpress stores 6 pieces of information; Artist, Album, Size, Label, Variant, and Pressing, if you want all of that information imported over, you need to have all of that information in your .csv file. It’s fine if you have more or less columns of information, but only the information that matches up with RecordPress will be imported. For example, when you import a .csv file from Discogs they include extra fields like Rating, Release Date, and Format, but do not include the fields of Size, Variant, and Pressing, so they would need to be filled in for each entry still.

If your records aren’t already in Excel or Google Docs, export the .csv and open it in either Excel or Google Docs. You should see all of the pieces information about your records in unique columns. Select the entirety of the Album Name column, duplicate it, and name that new column “Post Title”. Also, create a column named Post Content and leave all of the fields empty. Now export your .csv file.

To import a .csv into RecordPress you first need to go to the left navigation, hover over “Plugins” and select “Add New”. In the search field, enter “wp csv importer” and install ‘WP Ultimate CSV Importer Plugin’. At the bottom of your navigation on the left side click on the newly installed plugin. Choose the .csv file you would like to import, for Delimiter keep it at commas, and press “Import”. Under “Import Data Configuration”, choose Albums as the post type. Underneath “Mapping the Fields” you will see all of the column names in your .csv file on the left side and you just need to match them up with the custom fields in RecordPress. WordPress requires that you have a Post Title and Post Content for each post you import, which is why we created those 2 columns in your .csv. Find Post Title on the left side and in the dropdown to the right of it select post_title, then find Post Content on the left and select post_content to the right of it, then find Artist and match it up with “custom_meta_artist”, and do that for the rest of fields names and their corresponding custom_meta_(field name). Once you’ve mapped all of the fields, select “Import” and your entire collection is now in RecordPress!