Upload photos to the AppMachine CMS or link to popular online photo sharing services to create a photo list or album in your app. Photos pulled from online services refresh each time you open the photo list or album so that your app is always up to date. 


  1. Adding the Photos building block
  2. Configuring the Photos building block

Adding the Photos building block

  1. Click on Add block.
  2. Select the Photos block and click Next.
  3. Choose the data source for your photos:
    • Facebook: enter the account name or URL that you want to use as a photo source. We currently only support showing photos from Company Facebook Pages.
    • Flickr: enter the account name or URL that you want to use as a photo source. (1500 photo maximum)
    • Instagram: enter the account URL that you want to display in the app.
    • AppMachine CMS: upload photos directly to the AppMachine CMS.
  4. Click Next.

  5. Fill in the name of the block.

  6. Click on the icon if you want to change the image used in the menu.

  7. When you’re done, click Finish.

Configuring the Photos building block

The "Photos" building block editor is composed of three editing screens; "Settings", "List" and "Design."


The settings in the "Settings" editing screen determine how your block will function, "List" allows you maintain the content of the block, and the settings in the "Designer" screen determine its aesthetics. 


There are several aspects of your "Photos" block that can be changed in this screen; the name of the block, and the icon (or image) that will be used in the app menu. You can also choose whether you'd like the users to be able to share the events via Twitter, Facebook, or email.


"Photo View" allows you to change the way the photos are displayed in the block. 

By toggling the "Show Albums" slider the block will show a menu with the albums as they are grouped in Facebook or flickr. If you toggle the slider to "No" all photos will appear in a single screen without album distinction.

Should the need arise to keep the users of your published app from using this portion of the app, then you can always make use of the "Activated" sliding selector.

Slide the selector to "OFF" to keep users from seeing the "Photos" block. Now you can continue developing your app without worrying about users coming upon areas that you haven't finished developing as of yet. Once you are satisfied with your progress, slide the selector back to "ON" to publish this portion of your app.


This is where you add the the questions and answers to your list. Click here to read more about working with "List" settings.


The "Design" screen allows your to make highly detailed changes to your building block. "Design" gives the developer a remarkable amount of freedom to adjust everything exactly as he or she would like it. If you'd like to know more about how "Design" works, click here

Frequently Asked Questions

- How many photos can be uploaded to the Photos block?

You can upload as many photos as you want, but you could also consider to link to an online photo album. The app will become larger (to download in the stores) when you add a large amount of photos.