Tagged: gallery expose pro
November 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm #73321
I feel so dumb with WordPress, lol. I can build Website but when it comes to WordPress, Genesis, Plugins etc. nothing seems to work without hard coding!
Anyway, I bought Expose Pro theme because I am building a gallery website and I want it to show thumbnails that go into a dynamic gallery when clicked -- exactly as per the Expose Pro demo.
So I go New Post > Gallery, I upload three images onto the page. I preview. And all I see are three images on the page at full size. Huh? How do I get the jquery gallery plugin to do anything? This is so non-intuitive I am pulling my hair out. Then I try the gallery carousel in jetpack. But again, how do I get it to do anything after activating it?
Does anyone know how to create a gallery as per the Expose Pro theme -- step by step for a dummy like me? Selecting gallery and expecting the plugin to do something does not work.
It seems like everything is pure drudgery with WordPress
MikeNovember 15, 2013 at 10:27 pm #73347
Don't feel bad - WordPress is always a little confusing in the beginning! You'll start to feel comfortable with it with time, I promise.
When you add a gallery post, you need to use the WordPress gallery feature. It will output a shortcode (as seen in the Expose Pro setup instructions) in the post editor box, which will then display as a gallery when you view the post.
Here is a detailed tutorial on using WordPress galleries: http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/
If you read through that and still need help, feel free to reply here or send me an email directly.
November 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm #73464
Thank you for that link -- that helped in a huge way!
One follow up question. I don't really know what short code is or how to use is (I see it referenced all the time). But I did a test and created a gallery and it seemed to work. Do I have to worry about short code at all if I use the method in the tutorial? (Is short code just another way to do it?)
Also I downloaded a jquery slideshow plugin recommended by the Theme and I also have the JetPack carousel, but I really have not idea which one of them (if either) is powering the gallery I created.
Not sure how to tell which one is at work.
Hopefully I can create several different galleries using this method and won't have to be concerned about short code.
Thanks again for your help. One step closer to understanding it
MikeNovember 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm #73478
Shortcodes in WordPress are anything you can insert between brackets to make something else appear on the page. So after you add a gallery according to those instructions, you should see something like
[gallery columns="5" orderby="title DESC, ID ASC"]in the post editor box. Shortcodes can be used for many things and a lot of plugins will output shortcodes that you can use in posts or pages.
Try deactivating the slideshow plugin - I would suspect you're using the WordPress native gallery if you followed the instructions in the link I sent. If the gallery is still there after the plugin is deleted, you'll know you can get rid of the plugin. If it disappears or doesn't display correctly, activate the plugin again to bring it back.
Hope that helps!
November 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm #73479
So I can ignore the short code, right? Not sure why you'd need a short code when you just set up the gallery, but anyway.
If I wanted to use a plug in version of a gallery, how would I activate that?
Sorry for all the follow-up Qs :0
Mike.November 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm #73480
In this case, as long as the gallery shows up, don't worry about the shortcode.
As for the plugin, you'd need to check the instructions for whatever plugin you're using (or the plugin's website if it has one). There are thousands of different ones and they each work differently, unfortunately.
November 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm #73481
if the gallery did not show up, for example, does the short code go right into the new post page? (sort of like adding html tags)
Mike.November 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm #73482
Most of the time, yes, but if you add a WordPress gallery, it's going to show up. Without the gallery you wouldn't know what shortcode to use because it's created based on the IDs of the images uploaded to that particular gallery.
November 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm #73483
Okay. Thank you very much for all your help.
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