• Creating and Styling Backlight Popup boxes

    Backlight popup boxes are useful critters. Your visitor clicks on a button and your box appears with whatever you’ve placed in it. You can use them to promote an event, show licensing or booking information, host a mailing list sign up form, and more. And TTG has made these pretty easy to implement. The html […]


  • Custom Footer in Backlight 1.2 (Pangolin)

    This is a fairly straightforward use of phplugins but it requires some html to provide the structure for the footer as well as some custom css to style the social media icons. These icons are links to my social media sites, but you can just as easily use code for social sharing. One not so […]


  • Style your Backlight contact form success message

    You may have noticed that the success message you see after sending an email from a Backlight contact form has a blue background. There is nowhere in the Backlight Designer to change this, but with a teeny, weeny bit of css you can style it to match your site’s color scheme. Just add this to […]


  • Converting a Publisher-based CE4 site to Backlight

    There have been several questions in the forum about the best way to go about converting a CE4 site to Backlight. So instead of answering that multiple times, I give you this: Scenario: you’ve got an existing TTG CE4 site and your albums are Publisher managed. (For a TTG site not using Publisher, see this […]


  • Make your own Backlight typography preview page

    The TTG CE4 series of Lightroom plug-ins had an option to preview the typography settings right in the plug-in. That was handy for checking out fonts, form buttons, table shading, lists, etc. But Backlight has no such option other than to create a page, make changes, and look at the page. So, at the prompting […]


  • Add an image search form to any Backlight page

    It’s pretty easy to add an image search form to any Backlight page or even a WordPress widget, allowing your viewers to access an image search feature form from any page you choose rather than needing to click on the “Search” link in the navigation menu. Just add the html below to the page copy […]


  • Phplugins hook locations in Backlight

    On my Backlight test site I’ve created a couple of pages that show the locations for those phplugins hooks that appear on pages (as opposed to those that are behind the scenes, like the head and script hooks). These hooks are current as of Backlight 1.1. I’ll update as new hooks are added. All phplugins […]


  • Backlight Theater module sneak peak

    I’ve been testing various aspects of the upcoming Theater module for Backlight. The new Vegas Full Screen slideshow is really nice. Take a look on my Backlight test site. It’s pretty easy to set up, though you first need to create a full-screen page template. Once you’ve done this, create a new album template and […]


  • Converting a non-publisher TTG CE4 site to Backlight

    Scenario: You’ve got a TTG CE4 (or earlier) site with many galleries. However, these are exported and uploaded galleries, not Publisher albums. Goal: To update your TTG CE4 site to Backlight while keeping your existing TTG galleries available to visitors and clients, perhaps eventually converting old galleries to Backlight controlled albums. Problem: There is no […]


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Current TTG versions

Backlight Versions

Backlight 1.2.3
Pages module 1.2.3
Cart Add-on 4.1.5
Client Response Add-on 7.1.2
Theater Add-on 1.2.4
WordPress Add-on 1.2.3
Publisher 3.2.2

CE4 Versions

TTG-BE: 2.0.5a
Autoindex: 7.0.8
Cart: 3.1.4a
CRG: 6.1.3a
Gallery: 6.1.9
Pages: 7.0.15
Publisher: 2.3.3
Stage: 6.1.6
Theme for WordPress: 3.1.2

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