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  • jsaligoe


    Hi, This is instructions for adding titles to thumbs instead of captions. (I started to ask how, then figured it out so am just posting my hack.)

    Background: I want to show the image title/name under my thumbnails rather than the caption, which is much longer (so, I did not want to use template=caption). I used to be able to do this in NextGen 1.4.3 this with a simple shortcode template=title, but it doesn’t seem possible any more.

    After upgrading to NextGen gallery 1.9.6, the shortcode template=title doesn’t appear to be supported, and I could find no reference to it in the documentation – let me know if I’m missing something, or if the shortcode be reinstated 😉

    So, I edited the template file gallery-caption.php (via FTP, wp-content/ plugins/ nextgen-gallery / view and modified line 47 from:
    <span><?php echo $image->caption ?></span>
    <span><?php echo $image->alttext ?></span>

    and in my WP page I DO now use the template=caption shortcode, and that works for me! (it is on our Artboard gallery page)

    TIP: Your image thumbnail alttext/titles and descriptions are managed in the WP-admin Gallery > Manage Gallery and need to be added for each image.

    If you have a better/alternative approach, please let me know.


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  • Patrick Flynn


    You can do it that way, or if you want to be able to use the both the caption or the alttext here’s what you do.

    Open the gallery-caption.php as you did before. And edit the same line, as you did before. But, now just save the file as gallery-alttext.php. Then upload the new file to your server in the same folder (wp-content/ plugins/ nextgen-gallery / view)

    Now you can use template=caption to use the caption field or template=alttext to use the alttext field.

    Or if you want to get back the same feel you used to have in NextGen 1.4.3 you can save the file as gallery-title.php and then you could do the old template=title.

    Patrick Flynn


    Also doing it that way should save you from having to re-do it in the event of an update overwrites the gallery-caption.php file.

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