How to Create an Art Page on Tumblr
By David Nield
Using the "Add a Page" option on the customization screen, you can complement your blog posts with separate, fixed pages on your Tumblr -- these pages can feature biographical information, contact details or a portfolio of your artwork. Pages are linked to from the front page of your Tumblr and aren't included in the stream of posts that you publish.
Creating a Page
Choose "Customize" from your blog's dashboard to open up the customization screen -- the "Add a Page" option is near the bottom of the options pane on the left. The subsequent panel offers three options: standard layout, using the HTML and CSS of your existing theme; custom layout, for entering your own HTML code; and redirect, for linking to a specific URL. Once they've been created, pages attached to your blog can be edited, deleted and re-ordered from the customization screen.
If you accept the default standard layout option for your new page, you can add text and images in the same way as you would with a regular Tumblr blog post. Formatting options are available on the toolbar and you can use the Upload Image button (a camera icon) to insert your artwork. Click on the "Update Preview" button to check how your page will appear in the window to the right. If you need to take more control over the style and layout of your page, switch to the custom layout option, which lets you edit the page's HTML manually.
Linking to Your Page
On the page-creation screen you can toggle a "Show a link to this page" option that automatically displays a link to your art page. How this link looks and where it appears depends on the theme that you're currently using. You can also link to your page manually from anywhere in your blog, such as the description field or from within a blog post: use the HTML code "<a href="URL">My art page</a>", replacing "URL" with the address of your page. You can also make changes to your theme and how it displays page links by clicking on the "Edit HTML" option on the customization screen.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Creating a static page gives you a fixed spot to show off your artwork. It has the advantage of having a URL that doesn't change. so you can link to it from social media accounts for example, and you can add to it whenever you need to. On the downside it isn't immediately visible from your blog's front page, and if you have a lot of art to display then the page can become cluttered. One alternative is to post each individual piece of art as a separate blog post and then link them together with common tags.
An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.