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My Blog is Not My Home: CE4 Pages + WordPress

A frequently asked question is whether CE4 Pages is required or recommended for use with WordPress and CE4 Theme for WordPress. The purpose of this article is to address this question.

CE4 Pages is not required to use CE4 Theme for WordPress. In fact, our tutorial A Beginner's Guide to CE4 Publishing and WordPress assumes that you will not be using CE4 Pages.

That said, there are reasons you might want to use CE4 Pages together with CE4 Theme for WordPress, so let's discuss those reasons to help you make the best decision.


CE4 Pages or Not CE4 Pages ... ?

To determine whether or not to use CE4 Pages together with CE4 Theme for WordPress, ask yourself a series of questions:

  • Do you want your Home page to be a gallery, a gallery index or a blog?
  • If a gallery, do you want to manage that gallery by Lightroom's Publish Services?
  • If a gallery, then which type of gallery do you want the Home page to be?

If you want a gallery as your Home page, then proceed to the next question.

If you want a gallery index as your Home page, then you will need CE4 Pages. Configure CE4 Pages such that the auto index is on the Home page, then setup CE4 Pages at the top-level of your site, accessible at http://yourdomain.com. You will want to setup WordPress in a subfolder, for example http://yourdomain.com/blog/.

If you want your blog to be your Home page, then you should not use CE4 Pages. Setup WordPress in the top-level of your site, accessible at http://yourdomain.com.


Or we could ask the more complete question: If a gallery, do you want to manage that gallery by Lightroom's Publish Services, by FTP, or by WordPress? That just makes the question really long.

If you want to manage the gallery by Lightroom's Publish Services, then you will need to use CE4 Pages. You will also need CE4 Publisher, and either one of CE4 Gallery or CE4 Stage. Configure CE4 Pages such that the Home page is a gallery. There are two supported gallery types in CE4 Pages, and it doesn't matter which you use. Export, then setup CE4 Pages at the top-level of your site, accessible at http://yourdomain.com. You will want to setup WordPress in a subfolder, for example http://yourdomain.com/blog/.

Setup Publisher according to documentation, then use CE4 Gallery or CE4 Stage to create a template of your preferred gallery type. The type of gallery your choose does not need to match the gallery you configured in CE4 Pages. Follow the instructions in Using CE4 Publisher to Manage Your Home Page.

If you'd prefer to manage your Home page gallery using WordPress, then setup WordPress in the top-level of your site, accessible at http://yourdomain.com. Create a page, then designate that page to be your Home page in WordPress' settings. Edit the page to include one of the supported gallery types.

Finally, if you'd like to manage your Home page gallery by FTP – probably the least appealing option, but certainly an option – then you may choose to use CE4 Pages, or not. If not, you can use either CE4 Gallery or CE4 Stage. Export your chosen plugin and upload the loose files (not the exported folder, but the files inside of it) to the top-level of your site, accessible at http://yourdomain.com. Replace these files with a new export if ever you wish to change the gallery. You will want to setup WordPress in a subfolder, for example http://yourdomain.com/blog/.


If a full-featured thumbnail grid, then you can use CE4 Gallery as your Home page. If you want to manage that gallery via Publish Services, then you will also need CE4 Pages and CE4 Publisher as described above.

If you're content to use WordPress' square thumbnails, then you can setup a Home page via WordPress as above.

If you'd like to use Galleria, then choose either CE4 Stage or a WordPress page. If you want to manage the gallery via Publish Services, then you will also need CE4 Pages and CE4 Publisher as described above. Otherwise, you can use the Galleria slideshow built into CE4 Theme for WordPress and simply manage the gallery from within WordPress.

If you'd like the full-screen gallery, as on my personal photography site, Campagna Pictures, then you will need to use CE4 Pages. If you want to manage the gallery via Publish Services, then you will also need CE4 Publisher and CE4 Stage.


Buying In

If you've taken all of the above into consideration, then you hopefully have some notion of what you'd like to do. To finish the conversation, let's discuss how to get all of the necessary pieces in the most economical way.

We have two discounted bundles available. They are identical, except that one includes CE4 Pages and the other includes CE4 Theme for WordPress. There is no bundle including both.

Further, no bundle includes CE4 Stage.

The most economical way to buy the lot is to purchase:

That will run you $125.

You can get all the same stuff by purchasing the CE4 Web Publishing Bundle and CE4 Theme for WordPress, but it will then cost you $135.

If you buy the plugins piecemeal, then $150.

And no, we will not refund you the difference if you purchased the wrong configuration of items.

None of the above numbers include CE4 Stage. If you also need CE4 Stage, then add $25 to the above.

So, the very best way to buy all-of-the-above is:

… for a total $150.


I hope you may have found this conversation both enlightening and helpful.


ce4_103.txt · Last modified: 2014/07/03 11:19 by matthew

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