Every image in your galleries has a corresponding single-image page and “permalink”, a URL leading directly to that page. Each permalink represents a specific image, rather than the gallery of images in its entirety.
In CE4 Gallery, permalinks cannot be disabled.
Permalinks appear in the large-image view as a chain link icon:
Permalinks and the single-image pages to which they lead play an important role in CE4 Gallery. Together, they serve to bolster search engine optimization for your gallery, providing hard pathways from the gallery's thumbnail index to physical pages for each image, completely with titles, captions, etc., the bread-and-butter of search.
Permalinks are also used when sharing images to social media, allowing visitors to share specific, favorite images to their walls and feeds, rather than the gallery as a whole.
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