• 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 […]


  • How about text above and below a gallery?

    In the past I’ve seen a number of queries in the forum about how to have text both above and below the thumbnails in an album. This is actually pretty easy to accomplish using jQuery. First you add a bit of script via phplugins, using the ttg_scripts hook, that will place an element with a […]


  • Replacing the Backlight mobile menu icon

    Here’s how to use jQuery to change the Backlight mobile menu icon to the word “Menu.”


  • Using the browser’s inspector to implement custom css

    Here’s another real-world example of using the browser’s inspector to help you find the css selectors needed to affect custom css changes. Let’s say you want to make changes to the fonts in the tray (mobile) menu. That is, the navigation menu that appears when viewing your site on a mobile device. The first thing […]


  • 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 […]


  • The Basics of Backlight Templates

    Need a little help getting started with Backlight? Well, here are the basics of Backlight templates. The first thing to know is that Page templates control the overall look of everything you create, be it stand-alone pages (Pages Module), albums, album sets, or WordPress themes (WordPress Module). Album set templates control the layout of thumbnails […]


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Current TTG versions

Backlight Versions

Backlight 1.2.1
Pages module 1.2.1
Cart Add-on 4.1.1
Client Response Add-on 7.1.1
Theater Add-on 1.2.1
WordPress Add-on 1.2.1

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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