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[resolved] Designing a gallery (25 posts)

  1. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Hi,
    I'm working on http://www.driftlessprairies.org and I'm wanting to design a page with a gallery that would look like the following for my insect gallery:
    1) A list of Family names
    2) A person could click on the Family name and a gallery of genus and species photos would come up
    3) A person could click on the Genus species name and further photos could pop up along with detailed info of that insect

    My question is several fold 1) is this possible? And possible for a non-computer-writing person 2) if so how? 3) my understanding is that captions can be hyperlinked but I don't find an area for captions, only alt text/description.

    I really appreciate your help.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/nextgen-gallery/

  2. figure2
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    You may be better off working with the WordPress native galleries with the WP Gallery Custom Links plugin installed. This way you can link each thumbnail to a page or post with additional info on any of the insects featured. You can also add captions.

    Creating a WP gallery.

  3. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Thanks! I just tried to make some test pages using this method and have more questions. I should probably go to a different forum to ask those. Thanks for your advice.

  4. figure2
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    The other possibility is to install a lightbox plugin for your gallery like http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-jquery-lightbox/faq/. This will open the large image above your gallery and display the alt or caption info.

  5. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I'll look at that as well.

    I thought this was the NextGen only forum, but it appears to be for all plugins. Is that correct? If so, I'll have a few more questions. Thanks!

  6. figure2
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    There used to be a way to do what you originally described using the Nextgen Custom Fields plugin along with Nextgen. Though this method also involved hacking some of NextGen's core plugin files so you had to be relatively comfortable playing around with the code. Recently the developer who came up with this hack concluded that her hack would no longer work post v2.0. So to answer your question, sometimes this forum is about figuring out workarounds for what Nextgen can no longer do.

  7. photocrati
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    We have recently opened up a Feature Request page, feel free to make suggestions on the form as well. Here is a link: http://www.nextgen-gallery.com/feature-voting/

    - Cais.

  8. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I was trying to do a test in the WP Gallery before I spent time doing the real thing to make sure this worked as I wanted it to and ran into several questions.
    1) is there a way to run a test with hyperlinks without publicizing it?
    2) is there a "manual" for WP-gallery that would help me with questions such as how to get the photos to show gallery style rather than one for each line?

    Photocrati -- I would love to provide suggestions but that form is way above my knowledge level. I could offer suggestions from a non-techy user only.

  9. figure2
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    First of all, I always perform my tests in MAMP locally on my computer. That way no one can ever find it in a search but it's a working site where you can perform all your tests.

    WordPress explains their galleries here. Hope that helps.

  10. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Thanks for the explanation link. I wonder why I couldn't find that when I searched. MAMP is for Mac only? If not, is it WYSIWYG -- I don't know how to write computer language?

  11. figure2
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    If you're on a PC try WAMP or XAMPP.

  12. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I've finally found some time to work on this again. It appears WAMP and XAMPP require computer language knowledge, which I don't have. Am I reading this correctly?

  13. figure2
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Being that I am on a Mac, I can't help you with either of those. Perhaps you can google a youtube tutorial. That's how I learned MAMP.

  14. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 6 months ago #

    It appears WAMP and XAMPP require computer language knowledge

    Neither require any computer languages.

  15. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    http://www.driftlessprairies.org
    I've had some time to check out and play with the WP Gallery. Back to my original design question -- I am not finding that the captions can be linked. In the "how to" of WP Galleries, they don't mention this possibility. Am I missing something?

    Here's what I'm wanting to do:
    I'm wanting to design a page with a gallery that would look like the following for my insect gallery:
    1) A list of Family names
    2) A person could click on the Family name and a gallery of genus and species photos would come up
    3) A person could click on the Genus species name and further photos could pop up along with detailed info of that insect

  16. figure2
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Actually they can be linked but you will need to code it. Just add the following to either side of your caption:
    <a href="http://www.your-destination-url.com">Your caption</a>
    That's what I did on this page. Scroll down to the gallery.

  17. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    That is EXACTLY what I want to do!!! Many, many thanks!! I'll give it a try and hope I don't screw it up.

  18. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I'm thinking you must be adding this somewhere other than where I tried it. When the photo is displayed, and there are options for filling in blanks on the right-hand side -- one is caption -- if I put this text before and after my caption text, then that text shows up in the gallery. If this goes in the code somewhere, can you let me know exactly how to do that? I don't write code so need a bit more instruction.

  19. figure2
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Hopefully your version of WordPress is current (version 3.6.1). If it is, access the image directly from the media library. This is how it's configured.

  20. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Yes, my version is 3.6.1. I THINK I understand now. Since I want to hyperlink my photo to a page that I create, I must create that page first so I have that page's address. I was trying to just put in the name, then link using the "link" button from the page -- like I do with other hyperlinks (the only way I knew how!!). Hope you get a chuckle out of my "ignorance." I'll try again, but this will take me a few days as I don't have the individual pages created yet.

    THANK YOU very much for your very patient help!

  21. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Hello again! Tons of thanks for your help! I've finally gotten my info and pics organized to work on this and have another question. I've created a hyperlink in the caption as you taught me, but....it links to the admin page that I created and not the page I want others to see. Here's the link process to see what I'm talking about.
    http://www.driftlessprairies.org > bio inventory > insect inventory > Coleophoridae

    How do I change this so it's only the public page that is viewed?

    As always -- sure appreciate your time and help!

  22. figure2
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Where did you copy the URL from? Were you in the editing page when you copied the link? If so, that's where the link will lead to. Be sure you first click the "View Page" or "View Post," depending which you are editing. Once you are viewing the public page, you can safely copy the page link for use in your caption link.

    A couple tips: keep the editing and public page open in 2 separate tabs so you can quickly switch back & forth between them. Have a text editing app like NotePad open to temporarily store links in case you accidentally copy other data and clear the link from your clipboard before you paste it into your caption link.

  23. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    YEA -- I did it! Once again... many thanks!!! I wasn't thinking of the view page option. Sometimes I have to have my thinking re-aligned!!

  24. figure2
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Glad it worked. You now have most of your workflow figured out.

  25. Marcihess
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Yes, I think I do thanks to your help. I just can't say it often enough -- but I am truly and utterly grateful for your being willing to help me and others! THANKS!

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