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Simple Portfolio Template for FooGallery

WordPress image gallery plugin

FooGallery 1.1.8 was released recently with two new templates included in the default templates extension. These are the Simple Portfolio and Justified Gallery templates. Simple Portfolio Gallery at a Glance One of the really appealing features of the Simple Portfolio Template is the ability to add Titles and Descriptions below each of your images. This is done by clicking on the “i” icon on the image within the “Gallery Items” editor. From there, you can add your title into the “Caption” field. And your description into the “Description” field. Note that simple html is supported in the “Description” field, so … Read more…

Custom Branding for FooGallery Released

Custom Branding for FooGallery

Rebrand FooGallery and be the hero your clients pay you to be! Today we’re very happy to announce the immediate availability of the first and only white label gallery solution for WordPress. By combining our free FooGallery plugin with our new FooGallery Custom Branding extension, you can easily deliver a custom gallery management tool, complete with your company brand name. The Ideal Solution for Agencies and Freelancers Less Confusion For Your Clients Handing over sites to clients can get dicey, especially when they see dozens of differently named menu items from various plugins. Do your clients a favor and make … Read more…

FooBox Update – Lightbox Animations, Integrations, and Bug Fixes

Lightbox animation effects plugin

We’ve just pushed an update to FooBox that brings it to v2.3.1.1. It’s now available as an automatic update for current license holders. This update includes some pretty cool new features. You can read the entire Changelog at the end of this post, but we’ll list some of the most interesting additions first. Opening and Closing Lightbox Animations Under the Look & Feel tab, you’ll see a new section named Opening/Closing Animations with these fancy new options. You can see examples of all the animations on the FooBox Demo Site, but here’s a quick GIF image to give you an idea. Bottomless … Read more…

Gems of Docs: Embed PDFs with FooBox Lightbox

Reliably embedding PDFs in a website is not as straight-forward as one might think. This is primarily because each browser handles PDFs differently. Some treat it only as a file, others as media, and Chrome even created its own unique PDF viewer. This means that users in every different browser will have a different experience with embedded PDFs. Enter PDF.js The good new is that the folks at Mozilla have been working on a really slick and responsive, cross-browser PDF embed tool. They just call it PDF.js. Here’s their demo of a PDF embedded into a page. Of course, no … Read more…

7 Reasons Why Slack Team Communication Strengthens Our Business

If you work on a remote team, much like we do at FooPlugins, or if you’re just starting to work from home, you’ve probably struggled with clear communication. As our business has grown, we’ve found that our team communications were becoming increasingly cluttered and hard to keep track of in our email inboxes. Often times, we just need to send a simple message to each other to update the others on the progress of some company task. We were doing this via email, Skype, and even texts. But Here’s the Problem Although certain progress needed to be communicated to one … Read more…

Gems of Docs: Custom Captions in FooBox

Today I’m starting a new series called “Gems of Docs”. I want to use this to highlight some features of our plugins that we’ve documented, but that seem overlooked. I also want to highlight great use-cases for how you can implement them on your site to excellent effect. Custom Captions in FooBox To kick off this series, I wanted to highlight my latest favorite tool in FooBox: Custom Captions. First, head over and read the docs article about it: Custom Captions. OK, so from that docs page you can see that you can do two cool things with Custom Captions … Read more…

How to Enlarge Thumbnails in the Media Library

Media Thumbnail Enlarger Before and After

Our friend Nick Ciske has recently released the Media Thumbnail Enlarger plugin for free on the WordPress repository. What This Plugin Does This plugin increases the size of the media library thumbnails seen when viewing your WordPress Media Library page. By default, it uses the thumbnail size as determined in your WordPress Media Settings. This is typically 150×150. You can also set a custom Media Library Thumbnail size by using a simple image size code snippet in your theme’s functions.php file, which is probably where this plugin will be most useful. add_image_size( ‘mte_thumbnail’, 300, 300, true ); …or whatever size … Read more…

Beware : Your Site Is Part of a WordPress Pingback DDoS Botnet

WordPress Pinback DDoS Prevention Plugin

18 Mar 2014 Update : the plugin has been accepted and is now available on the WordPress.org plugin repo! Recently, Sucuri posted about 160,000 WordPress sites being used in a DDoS attack. This got me worried about my personal blog, as someone had emailed me last year, claiming that my blog was being used in a DDoS attack. I immediately figured the email was spam and thought “There is no way my site can be so badly compromised!” and I deleted the mail. The truth was, my personal blog was used in a WordPress Pingback DDoS attack against some poor … Read more…

Make A WordPress Plugin – Translations

FooCamp - How to Make a WordPress Plugin

Make Your Plugin Translation Ready WordPress provides us with all the tools (and functions) we need to make our plugins translatable or localizable. Why make your plugin translatable, you might ask? Well, to increase your plugin’s target audience by allowing any person, who speaks any language, the ability to understand and use it. But making your plugin ready for translation doesn’t mean you need to do the translations yourself. But it does provide a really easy way for your plugin users to provide their own translation files. This is what you need to do in order to make your plugin translation … Read more…

Make A WordPress Plugin – Readme.txt and Refactoring

FooCamp - How to Make a WordPress Plugin

In the previous post, we created our first plugin and also create a GitHub repo for it. So far so good, but now we need to take it a step further. In this lesson we will cover the following topics: Create a readme.txt file. Create a readme.md for GitHub. Refactor code into different files. Readme.txt Why even bother creating this file? Very simply : the WordPress.org plugin repository uses it to generate your plugin’s landing page. And this page can make all the difference when people are deciding if they want to download your plugin or not. I seldom download … Read more…