Hi! Hope you had a great weekend. Since mine was spent cheering on Nick and his recent achievement, I thought I’d start the week off with a ‘Loving Lately’ post! What I am loving lately is that, as of Friday, Nick’s first WordPress plug-in is up and running! I haven’t mentioned here before that he is a computer programmer and lately has taken a particular interest in coding for WordPress. After many hours spent perfecting this app and submitting it to WordPress, they reviewed his script and then allowed it to be published within their official plug-in directory. He made it available for free, with the option of making a donation to the World Wildlife Fund, if so desired.
In Nick’s words, this “is an image carousel tool that lets you format and insert multiple slideshows into posts, pages and widget areas.”
Wanting to see how easy it is to navigate, he didn’t teach me anything about how to use it. I just went in like any other person would and created this image carousel myself, inserting some photographs of hearts that I have previously posted on my blog. If you click the picture, it will take you to the blog entry that featured that picture. Watch it a moment and it will change automatically or click the grey dots to skip to the next picture. (I set my flipping interval to be pretty long, but you have the option to make it whatever you want.)
Indeed, I found it easy to use.
In a nutshell and in my own words, this is how to use it:
- Find it -> here
- First you will have to download and activate the plug-in (like you do any plug-in). Then look within your “Settings” tab … you will see a new line in your list. Click it to find the admin page where you will create your own image carousel(s).
- Remember to pick a name for it first! You select the pictures you want to include from you Image Library. Note: it you’ve already shown an image on your blog before it will already exist in your library. If not, you just upload it and then select it to be included in your slider. If you change your mind and decide you don’t want to include a particular picture after you’ve added it, just click it and it will be taken out.
- Attach a URL if you want the picture to link to a post of yours or of someone else. Or don’t attach URLs and use the tool simply for showing a series of photos.
- Select the size you want your slider to be, the shape (it can even be a circle), the width and colour of your border, and the speed and direction that the pictures will flip. If you don’t want it to automatically flip you can slow it down to zero and allow the users to select different pictures by clicking the grey dots on the slider itself.
- Click the insect image to restart the animation and show your changes. It saves regularly by itself after any change you make.
- When you’re happy with what you have, click the “Embed Code” button and copy and paste the code to where you want it in your post, or sidebar. Want to make a change? Just go back, make your changes, click the insect, wait to see that your change has registered and then grab and paste the Embed Code again.
- Note that when someone comes to your page, the images will all load up, like with any other images, but the slider is coded so that it will not stress yours or your readers’ systems any more than plain images would. However you should keep in mind that if you put a huge number of images in one slider, it will take the same time to load up as it would if you had inserted all those images into your post.
- It is perfect for people using handheld devices to view your posts since they won’t have to scroll down as much!
If you use WordPress yourself or know someone who does, please consider using this image carousel. Again, it can be inserted anywhere on your page that you want it, be it an individual post, a separate tabbed page, or somewhere on your sidebar.
Thanks very much for taking a look! Hope your week is off to a good start.
[My 'Loving Lately' series, where the post will always include a picture of a heart somewhere within it, and a story of what I am currently loving, is based on Anna's idea at Much Love. She is no longer doing it but invited writers to continue with the concept if we wanted to.]