4 Rules for Using Images on Your Website

Rules for using images on your website

If you have a food blog, a how-to website or if sell anything online, then you should be using images. In fact, anyone who wants their website to get noticed these days needs to use the right images. This might sound obvious, but not everyone gets it right. So here are a few tips to help you with your website images. Rule #1 – Use Alt Text Make sure your images are correctly labelled by using Alt tags on your images. An Alt tag is a text alternative to an image and looks like this in HTML: < img src=”…” … Read more…

How to Create an Online Video Course in WordPress

Astronomy course

If you search Google for “how to create a video course with WordPress” you’ll get a nice list of plugins designed for that very purpose. Most of them come packed with features specific to course management and running membership-type sites. But what if you don’t need all those features? What if you just want to display your course videos one after the other with easy navigation, all on the same page? In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use our free FooGallery plugin, along with the premium FooVideo extension to easily create and display your course videos. We’ll be … Read more…

Create a Staff Listing in WordPress

Staff Listing in WordPress

In this post, we’ll show you how to exactly how to create a staff listing or team directory using our free FooGallery plugin with WordPress.   Whether you’re building sites for clients or for your own business, giving visitors an option to see the people behind the business is important. Not only is great for personalizing your product or service, but it’s also a great morale builder for your team or that of your clients. Step 1 – Install and Activate FooGallery Install FooGallery if you haven’t already. It’s free. You can search for FooGallery from within your WordPress Dashboard … Read more…

How to Create a YouTube Video Gallery in WordPress

Embedding a single YouTube video in WordPress is much easier these days than it used to be. Because WordPress has built-in oEmbed support for YouTube, you simply paste a YouTube video url into the Visual Editor and it will be embedded automatically. But what if you want to create and display an entire YouTube video gallery in WordPress? Creating a YouTube Video Gallery There are several video gallery plugins available, but this tutorial will show you how to create a YouTube video gallery in WordPress using our free FooGallery plugin along with our premium FooVideo extension. The FooVideo extension allows … Read more…

Two Free WordPress Themes for Photobloggers (Video)

FooGallery screenshot

A few days ago Themeshaper announced the release of Boardwalk and Cubic, two beautiful new themes that display image-specific content in very unique ways. Because we’re always on the lookout to share tools that our Photography and Photoblogger uses can take advantage of, we decided to play with with a bit and show you how great they work with FooGallery and FooBox. Here’s a video overview of both themes and a really cool way to not only use FooBox to open the images contained within the posts but also to open these posts within FooBox itself. [content_toggle style=”1″ label=”Show%20Video%20Transcription” hide_label=”Hide”] … Read more…

Gems of Docs: FooBox OnLoad Shortcode

FooBox Onload screenshot

  Seriously, ask yourself this question: “Is there anything FooBox CAN’T do!?” I mean, it’s a lightbox for images, galleries, maps, videos, slides, PDFs, forms. Now this short article will show you how it can also be a lead generation tool. FooBox OnLoad Shortcode First, go check out our detailed documentation on making FooBox load when the page loads. So you’ll notice that this enables you to load a FooBox instance immediately when the page loads. All this takes is adding the shortcode anywhere on your page and FooBox will load the very first instance of FooBox on the page. … Read more…

Gems of Docs: Embed PDFs with FooBox Lightbox

Gems of Docs

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…

Gems of Docs: Custom Captions in FooBox

Gems of Docs

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…

Plugin Troubleshooting

How to Troubleshoot a Plugin Conflict

We’ve all been there: You’re excited about a new plugin, you download it, install it, and then BOOOM! Your site is a blank white page. Maybe you got the courtesy of an error message. Bottom line: A plugin broke your website and now it’s time to start troubleshooting. Why Does This Happen? WordPress is an amazing platform with which to build websites, specifically because it is Open Source. What that means though, is that young developers and designers get to experiment with an amazing code base – which is great, but it can sometimes wreck havoc on your site even … Read more…