jAlbum / Settings / Pages

This section controls how the album web pages are generated and what kinds of images to generate.


Image linking from thumbnails

Note: Linking depends on download protection which should be turned off for the following to hold true. For skin Turtle uncheck "Right click protection for images" on Settings/Turtle/Advanced/General

If you change from an option that includes originals to one that does not jAlbum may not delete the originals from the output directory, and if changing from scaled only to originals only the slide image will not be deleted. So if you don't want them to be part of the album, and don't want them to be uploaded to the server, delete them from the output directory (choose Tools, Open directories, Open output directory to make sure you're in the right place) and connect to your server and manually delete the unwanted images.

Link to scaled-down images only

Thumbnails will link to scaled-down images (web size). The image bounds are set in ‘Settings/Images/General/Image bounds’. Original images are not included as part of the album.

Link to originals

Thumbnails link to the original image, the image bounds for slide images do not apply and slide pages need not be made. By default, ‘Copy originals’ (below) will be checked, adding a copy of the original image to your album. If this is not selected the thumbnails will link to your original image, which will need to be accessible from wherever your album is stored. If you deselect copy originals you will be prompted to make sure your originals are uploaded.

Note Image effects are not applied to original images.

Link to originals via scaled

Thumbnails link to the scaled down images, which then link to the originals. ‘Make Slide pages’ (below) should be checked, otherwise there are no links in the album to the original images.

Make slide pages

Slide pages allow for navigation between the main images. If not made the thumbnails link directly to the image, visitors would need to use the browser’s back button to get back to the thumbnail images and then select another image to view. Note, that this is only true for the non JavaScript based skins. In JavaScript based skins like Turtle, turning off Make slide pages will make Turtle run in dynamic mode which makes the slideshow much smoother.

Copy originals if needed

If one of the link to originals settings above is selected then checking this will add a full size copy of the original file to the album, and links to the originals point to those copies. If any originals are being used in the album and this option is not selected then broken links could appear unless the 'true' originals are accessible from the album’s location. For example the local album might work but if uploaded to the web the originals will not be accessible. It may also need to be set if linking is not to originals but some originals are included within the album.

The default is, and it is always safer to have, Copy originals if needed checked. Only uncheck this if you fully understand how linking works and you have arranged for all originals used to be accessible from the published album.

Which linking choice should I use?

For a discourse on what linking option is best for different situations see this forum post by jGromit

Thumbnail layout


Older html table based skins rely on this setting for the number of thumbnails across each row of thumbnails on index pages. The columns and rows (below) settings match the columns and rows in the generated tables. For example, four columns and ten rows would give forty thumbnail images to an index page. Many modern skins however do not use tables they use CSS positioning and set a maximum page width, with thumbnails wrapping as needed. Some skins use dynamic loading of thumbnail images, so not all thumbnails appear until you scroll down the page, and some include the ‘slide’ image in the index page. These settings thus may, or may not, affect the layout of an album. It is very much skin dependent.


Number of rows of thumbnail images on index pages, to have a single index page per folder set rows to zero; otherwise see above for how multiple index pages are created.

Image ordering

Album-wide image ordering. The options here can be overridden on a folder-by-folder level. See Explore view mode and the View->Order by menu. Available alternatives are: Last modified date, Added date, Camera date, Name, Name (simple). The difference between Name and Name (simple) is that the former sorts numbers as numeric values and the latter as strings. Name would sort, for example File1, File2, File11 but Name (simple) would sort File1, File11, File2.

Link to homepage

Create a link back to your home page. Use either an absolute URL like http://www.mysite.com or a relative URL like ../index.html (links to the parent level). Often a skin will show this link as a ‘home’ icon, if you are making an album of albums leave this field empty for the ‘master’ album to prevent it appearing where not needed.

Credit links

jAlbum will by default create a discrete credit link ("powered by jAlbum") that links to jalbum.net. Select the kind of link text you prefer here. Users with valid licenses can also opt to have these credit links removed.