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YouTube SimpleGallery

Description

YouTube SimpleGallery is a plugin for creating video galleries with thumbnails. Now merged with the Vimeo SimpleGallery, this plugin supports both YouTube and Vimeo. You can even combine videos from both services in the same gallery. The plugin will automatically fetch both thumbnails and titles from YouTube/Vimeo.

Now also supports user feeds – a much requested feature!

YouTube SimpleGallery – new and improved!

  • YouTube SimpleGallery and Vimeo SimpleGallery have merged, i.e. they now have the same codebase. Old shortcodes still functional.
  • NEW FEATURE: It is now possible to combine video services, i.e. you can add links from YouTube and Vimeo in the same gallery.
  • NEW FEATURE: Automatically fetch titles from video service.
  • NEW FEATURE: User-defined attributes in shortcode overrides default settings: cols=x and thumbwidth=y allows for galleries with different thumb sizes, etc.
  • NEW SHORTCODE: [youtubeuserfeed user=username service=youtube] – outputs a gallery from a user’s video feed – works with both YouTube (service=youtube) and Vimeo (service=vimeo).

To embed a gallery in a Post use the following code:

[youtubegallery]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ
http://vimeo.com/13470805
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJK-G9-dLzw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4aqM_wu6Ns
http://vimeo.com/68180971
[/youtubegallery]

Usage

= Galleries =
You can now combine links from YouTube and Vimeo in the same gallery.

To embed a gallery in a Post use the following code:

[youtubegallery]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ
http://vimeo.com/13470805
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJK-G9-dLzw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4aqM_wu6Ns
http://vimeo.com/68180971
[/youtubegallery]

NOTE: Make sure URLs start with http. For the time being, https is not supported.

If you want to add titles to the videos, add it before the link and separate with | (pipe), like this:

[youtubegallery]
Eyes Close|http://vimeo.com/13470805
Jožin z bažin|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4aqM_wu6Ns
[/youtubegallery]

NOTE: If titles are added before videos, these will override titles fetched automatically from services.

User Feeds

To set up a gallery that subscribes to a user’s feed, use the following shortcode:
[youtubeuserfeed user=username service=youtube]

Note that both user and service are required for the feed to work. Service is either youtube or vimeo.

Optional attributes are maxitems=x where x is the number of items to fetch:

[youtubeuserfeed user=username service=youtube maxitems=4]

Overrides

Overrides are a way of suppressing the default settings of the plugin, with attributes of your own.

Override columns with cols=x, where x is the number of thumbs per row:

[youtubegallery cols=8]

Override thumbnail width with thumbwidht=x, where x is a pixel value:

[youtubegallery thumbwidth=100]

Fetch titles from service with autotitles=fetch (or autotitles=false to not fetch):

[youtubegallery autotitles=fetch]

And, of course, you can combine them:

[youtubegallery cols=8 thumbwidth=100 autotitles=false]

These are also applicable for the [youtubeuserfeed] shortcode.

Supported Video Services

Supported services are YouTube and Vimeo. Other services might be added, but a requirement is that they can deliver video streams in a HTML5-compatible format.

Note that it is possible to combine videos from both services in galleries.

Screenshots

  • Settings let's you set width and height of embedded video, chose if Thickbox or Shadowbox should be used (note: width and height is only necessary if Thickbox or Shadowbox is active), and use included CSS.
  • The gallery will show on your page like this
  • If Thickbox or Shadowbox is active, the embedded video will show in a box on your site

Installation

Install from Plugins in WP Dashboard

Search for «YouTube SimpleGallery»

OR

Upload manually with FTP

  1. Unzip the archive
  2. Upload the folder “youtube-simplegallery” to “/wp-content/plugins/”
  3. Activate the Plugin in the WordPress Dashboard
  4. Change settings on the Options page (or use standard settings)

Modal effects

Install either Shadowbox JS, Fancybox for WordPress or Thickbox if you want to show videos in a modal box on your site.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Install from Plugins in WP Dashboard

Search for «YouTube SimpleGallery»

OR

Upload manually with FTP

  1. Unzip the archive
  2. Upload the folder “youtube-simplegallery” to “/wp-content/plugins/”
  3. Activate the Plugin in the WordPress Dashboard
  4. Change settings on the Options page (or use standard settings)

Modal effects

Install either Shadowbox JS, Fancybox for WordPress or Thickbox if you want to show videos in a modal box on your site.

Shadowbox/Fancybox/Thickbox doesn’t work properly. What’s wrong?

Check if your current Theme has both wp_head() in header.php and wp_footer() in footer.php. Both are usually required for these scripts to function properly. Also note that some plugins aren’t buddies and create conflicts with each other; try disabling the plugins for the effects you don’t use.

Thumbnails aren’t working. What’s up?

From version 2.0, YouTube SimpleGallery is employing Timthumb to crop/resize thumbnails. This is mostly due to YouTube and Vimeo having a different aspect ratio on their thumbnails. Timthumb may cause issues on certain webservers. If thumbnails are not showing up in your galleries, the cause might be a conflict between Timthumb and your webhost. Here are some things to try:

  • Try setting permission (CHMOD) to 777 on the folder
    wp-content/plugins/youtube-simplegallery/scripts/chache/
  • Make sure index.html in the cache-directory has permissions set to 666. The parent folder should not have permissions higher than 644.
  • Read more at TimThumb Troubleshooting Secrets
  • If none of these tips help, try disabling Timthumb under Thumbnails (the bottom setting). This will result in different thumbnail sizes between YouTube and Vimeo.
Can I add a gallery to my Theme files, outside the Loop?

If you wish to add a gallery in a part of the Theme that is outside The Loop and/or not within a Widget, you can use the do_shortcode()-function.

<?php echo do_shortcode('[youtubegallery]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ
http://vimeo.com/13470805
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJK-G9-dLzw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4aqM_wu6Ns
http://vimeo.com/68180971
[/youtubegallery]'); ?>

Make sure to keep the linebreaks!

I got an amazing idea for a great feature! Can you implement it? Pretty please?

The YouTube SimpleGallery is in constant development. A lot of features has been added since it’s birth, many of them requests, wishes and ideas from the users. If you got an idea, don’t hesitate to share it on the plugin website.

My problem’s not listed here! OMG! What do I do?

Don’t panic! The WordPress community is the best bunch of people in the world. Try posting your problem/question on the plugin website or in the WP forums. You’ll probably get help in a jiffy!

Reviews

Broken – YouTube API has been updated

Google has updated the YouTube API to version 3, and version 2 requests (which this plugin uses) no longer work : https://developers.google.com/youtube/2.0/developers_guide_protocol_deprecated

When the plugin loads your list of videos, it begins an api call like this, which will always fail :
http://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/videos/hLu_WqHUygw

This is not a problem with a particular WordPress or plugin version, it’s a change that YouTube has made which will stop all versions from working, ever.

Read all 12 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“YouTube SimpleGallery” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

2.0.6

  • Added options to turn off error reporting and YouTube API
  • Bug-fix for titles when autotitles = off

2.0.5

  • Added error reporting if video service reports video missing/broken
  • General bug-fixes & code improvement

2.0.4

  • Improved employment of dynamic styles; works better with sites running cache-plugins
  • General bug-fixes & code improvement

2.0.3

  • Added option to disable timthumb
  • Bug-fix for built-in styles

2.0.2

  • The missing version!

2.0.1

  • Bug-fix for Widgets drag & drop freeze-up.

2.0

  • Merging of YouTube SimpleGallery and Vimeo SimpleGallery.
  • Major refactoring of codebase.
  • Complete refurbishment of Options Page.
  • Automatic retrieval of titles from video service.
  • User-defined attributes in shortcode overrides default settings.
  • New shortcode: [youtubeuserfeed user=username service=youtube|vimeo]
  • Bug-fixes for broken thumbnails, and Widgets not updating.

1.6.1

  • Quick fix for new oEmbed in WP 3.3.

1.6

  • Added option for Play-button on thumbnails.
  • Bug-fix for HTML/links in titles/descriptions.

1.5.1

  • Minor bugfix to conform with new oEmbed in WP 3.1.2.

1.5

  • Added option for thumbnail size
  • Added option for columns w/breaking rows
  • Added style option for titles

1.4.1

  • Fixed compatability issue with PHP 5.3.5.

1.4

  • Added support for Fancybox.
  • Added option for autoplay on click.
  • Changed all embedding to HTML5 compliant.
  • Remodeled Settings page.

1.3

  • Fixes broken thumbs.
  • Fixes broken Thickbox.
  • Added HD option.
  • Minor bug fixes.

1.2

  • Fixes bug with broken thumbs and videos when adding titles.

1.1

  • Added option to open links in new window/tab when going directly to YouTube.com

1.0

  • 1st official release.
  • Option for Shadowbox JS added.
  • Bugfixes: Fixed broken thumbnails. Fixed URIs with special characters.

0.4.1 BETA

  • Minor bugfix.

0.4 BETA

  • Fixed issues with WP’s auto embedding of YouTube-URIs, introduced in WP 2.9.

0.3.1 BETA

  • Minor bugfix.

0.3 BETA

  • Fixed errors when showing several galleries to one Page, or when showing Home or Archives with galleries in multiple Posts.

0.2 BETA

  • Option to include titles/description added

0.1 BETA

  • First version