WordPress Gallery Themes & Plugins


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Learn how to incorporate photo galleries, pictures, and designs into a WordPress site using either a theme or plugin.

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WordPress Gallery Themes & Plugins

  1. 1. SoCal WordPress Galleries, sliders, featured content, and slideshows August 16, 2011 Hosted by:Presenters: Natalie MacLees and Noel Saw SoCalWP.com
  2. 2. Tonight’s Host Sponsor www.mediatemple.net Twitter @mediatemple
  3. 3. Other SponsorsTurnkey content subscription plugin andpayment system for WordPress WordPress: In Depth Second Edition
  4. 4. Tonight’s Agenda—  WordPress In-Depth 2nd Edition by Que book give-away—  Media Pass Content Subscription Plugin Demo—  WordPress gallery themes demo by Noel Saw —  Theme Forest: Anan and Photoshot —  Graph Paper Press: Sidewinder and Workaholic—  WordPress gallery plugins demo by Natalie MacLees —  Smooth Slider —  NextGen Gallery—  15 minute general Q&A—  Wrap-up and Upcoming Events—  Drawing for two free WordPress books and networking
  5. 5. Who needs a WordPress Gallery?—  Graphic Designers—  Photographers—  Fine Artists—  Illustrators—  3D Modelers/Animators—  Architects—  Anyone who’s in a visually creative field
  6. 6. Gallery Themes vs. Plugins—  Themes are all-inclusive: includes entire page layout, design, and gallery/slideshow functionality —  Usually they’re paid themes —  Includes some documentation and support —  Possibly more learning curve—  Plugins provide functionality and work with existing WordPress sites —  Keep the design/layout you want —  Many are free but you might have to pay for premium support —  Plugins might have incompatibility problems with your theme
  7. 7. Gallery Theme: Anan—  Buy at Theme Forest (affiliate link)—  Full Screen home slideshow either single image or slideshow—  Multiple inner page slideshows using gallery custom post types. Fairly intuitive to learn.—  Easy to upload logos on navigation bar—  Built with Jquery—  Make take longer to load on slower connections for visitors—  Example site: BeautifulDayPhotography.com
  8. 8. Gallery Theme: Sidewinder—  Buy membership at Graph Paper Press (affiliate link)—  Wide screen home page slider —  Visitor can jump on position to view that photo —  Navigation bar has gallery category links at top of page—  Inner page galleries rely on posts and attached images to that post which may not be obvious to new users—  Example site: LauraGracePhotography.com
  9. 9. Next up…—  WordPress Gallery Plugins: —  Smooth Slider —  NextGen Gallery
  10. 10. Galleries and Slideshows Southern California WordPress Meetup socalwp.org | @socalwp | #socalwpWednesday, August 17, 2011
  11. 11. Featured Content: Smooth SliderWednesday, August 17, 2011
  12. 12. Smooth Slider •SEO-friendly •Non-coder friendly •Premium support available •Content choicesWednesday, August 17, 2011
  13. 13. Smooth Slider •Image choices •Text choices •Link choices •Control slide order •WPMU compatibleWednesday, August 17, 2011
  14. 14. Room for Improvement •Image-only slideshows •One per page •Settings •CSS/JavaScript •Mixed contentWednesday, August 17, 2011
  15. 15. Smooth Slider in ActionWednesday, August 17, 2011
  16. 16. Non-coders: Using SmoothSlider •Install and activate plugin •Add posts, pages, custom post types, or media to sliders by visiting the edit page and selecting options in the SmoothSlider module •On the SmoothSlider setting screen, select colors, fonts, etc. The admin preview shows you what your slider looks likeWednesday, August 17, 2011
  17. 17. Non-coders: Using SmoothSlider •After your SmoothSlider is created and styled, you can place it on your site: •Use the SmoothSlider widget in a widget area of your site •Use the SmoothSlider shortcode [smoothslider id=x] to put the SmoothSlider in a post or pageWednesday, August 17, 2011
  18. 18. Coders: Using SmoothSlider •Create a custom CSS theme for your slider by putting a new theme folder inside of wp-content/plugins/ smooth-slider/css/skins •***Keep a backup - your theme will be deleted when the plugin is updatedWednesday, August 17, 2011
  19. 19. Coders: Using SmoothSlider •Place the SmoothSlider into any of your template files using a template tag: •<?php get_smooth_slider(x); ?> •<?php get_smooth_slider_category (‘slug’); ?> (dynamically create a SmoothSlider from a post category)Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  20. 20. Galleries and Slideshows: NextGen GalleryWednesday, August 17, 2011
  21. 21. NextGen Gallery •Upload choices •Image modifications •Organization options •Display optionsWednesday, August 17, 2011
  22. 22. Room for Improvement •Non-coder customizations •DocumentationWednesday, August 17, 2011
  23. 23. NextGen Gallery in ActionWednesday, August 17, 2011
  24. 24. Non-coders: Using NextGen Gallery •Install and activate NextGen Gallery plugin •Upload photos and create galleries. •Organize galleries into albums •Edit photos: add tags, resize, watermark, add titles, add descriptions, adjust thumbnails, rotate, etc.Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  25. 25. Non-coders: Using NextGen Gallery •Once your photos are uploaded and organized, you can display them on your site in a few different ways: •Widgets in widget areas of the site •Shortcodes to display them in posts and pagesWednesday, August 17, 2011
  26. 26. Non-coders: Using NextGen Gallery • Shortcodes: • [slideshow id=x w=x h=x] • [album id=x template= extend or compact] • [nggallery id=x template=caption or carousel] • [singlepic id=x w=x h=x float=left or right mode=web20 or watermark] • [imagebrowser id=x template=caption or exif] • [nggtags gallery=‘slug’ or album=‘slug’] • [random max=x] • [recent max=x] • [tagcloud]Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  27. 27. Coders: Using NextGen Gallery • Create custom displays for NextGen Galleries: • Inside your theme, create a nggallery folder • Default NextGen Galleries can be found in wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/ view • Copy the file you’d like to modify to your nggallery folder inside your themeWednesday, August 17, 2011
  28. 28. Coders: Using NextGen Gallery • Create custom displays for NextGen Galleries (continued): • Keeping the same file name will override the default NextGen template • Alternatively, rename the file to create a new custom view (e.g. gallery- customview.php) • To use a new custom view: [gallery id=x template=customview]Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  29. 29. Questions?Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  30. 30. Wrap-up & Upcoming Events—  Advanced Photoshop for web designers workshop this weekend—  WordCamp LA September 10th: WordCamp.LA—  Upcoming joint meeting – Developers’ Hackathon: + September / October - Details TBD
  31. 31. Thanks for joining us! Special thanks to our sponsors:Contact:SoCalWP .comNataliemac.com | natalie@nataliemac.comNoelSaw.com/+ (Google profile) | noel@wpverse.com