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Okay, I’ve sourced another alternative that is very simple and uses the native WordPress Media Gallery. I’ve installed a plugin called Lightbox Plus Colorbox by Dan Zappone. It is not so user friendly as NextGen but it does the trick. The dashboard is very simple and does give you some lightbox styles to choose from. Alternatively, you can add custom CSS styles which is great.
I checked it cross browser on the latest version of Opera, Chrome, Safari, IE, and Firefox as well as the iPad. Works fine. No issues. Loads quickly and I’m using it on WordPress 3.7 with no issue either.
BTW, I also added some html so that two captions below one of my images would be links to other pages and it worked with no issues although the captions don’t show in the lightbox — only in the original window. This is a good find until Dave can address the stacking issue happening in MaxGalleria in certain browsers.
Hi Tracy, It does get frustrating that’s for sure. I have responded to your message in MaxGalleria support forums. I noticed this just happened with my demo gallery but only when using a gallery other than the standard skin. It does seem to be inconsistent. FYI, I just checked out your website in Safari 3.0 and Chrome 30 and it looks great. No stacking. I also just opened your website (the mallards?) into the latest version of Opera 17 and the arrow was working just fine (I can’t attach a screenshot here but let me know an Email and I could send to you)!
Hey @ruairi, just took a look at Cleaner Gallery. The beauty is that it uses the native wordpress gallery but more custom AND you can add a simple line of .php and copy the plugins css/gallery.css file into your theme’s stylesheet so you don’t even have to install the plugin? Have I understood that correctly? PLUS, it works alongside 18 different lightboxes like prettyphoto and fancybox.
The only limitation I can see is that you would have to use yet another plugin like WP Gallery Custom Links to link images through to pages. I only say that because I noticed someone tried to add html in the caption and it spit out the code into the caption — although, I suppose that could also just be that the HTML is being picked up in the title attribute? Besides, if someone didn’t need link functionality this would be a straight forward and simple alternative to a NextGen basic gallery. Anyone else want to add their feedback on this….
Summer, this is one reason why we choose not to use Jetpack. We don’t want to sign up for an account when we use a plugin for client sites. I am primarily looking for solutions that will work well, have little conflicts with other popular plugins, and have a user friendly interface for non techie clients who use the site when we are done.
I’m interested in looking at Justin Tadlock’s Cleaner Gallery that Ruairi suggested. Anyone else have experience with that plugin?
Sorry Mealtog, I am a bit confused. The article link you provided sends us to “Best Responsive WordPress Gallery” which suggests installing the Jetpack Plugin? And I think you also have to sign up for a WordPress.com account too?
Thanks for sharing that with us Mealtog. It’s always good to have alternatives. Different people will have different needs and the scrolling is a nice addt’l feature on the JetPack one you suggested.
Okay, so I told you all I would share my MaxGalleria experience w/ you. I just implemented it to a third client site to replace NextGen. I use the MaxGalleria import function to move all my NextGen galleries over to specific galleries on MaxGalleria. Finished in two minutes — everything is there — looks great. No issues. This would be great for anyone who has a lot of galleries in NextGen who want to switch over quickly to a new solution.October 28, 2013 at 10:59 am in reply to: Remove featured image not working properly in Crystal Theme #69464
It would not allow me to edit the comment. I can try again but it may remove the code again. Here is the Firebug code we see in Firefox 24:
<a onclick="WPRemoveThumbnail('ea9fa5a603');return false;" id="remove-post-thumbnail" href="#">Remove featured image</a>October 28, 2013 at 10:14 am in reply to: Remove featured image not working properly in Crystal Theme #69455
We use Firebox Version 24 and this is what we see using Firebug:
<a href=""#"">Remove featured image</a>October 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm in reply to: Remove featured image not working properly in Crystal Theme #69392
Hi there, @eamonmoriarty, as of yesterday they were still working on some kinks with the NextGen Importer but they did release a new version and said the issues were fixed. I’ll be trying it out tomorrow morning and will report back if it worked well or not.
Tracy, I don’t currently see a skin that does both portrait and landscape images in the same gallery; however, the plugin makes it VERY easy to add your own skins and make custom changes to CSS so this is probably something you could set up yourself if need be. Also, they developers in the forum at MaxGalleria seem very responsive to users and it could be a suggestion they might implement.
BTW, we have implemented on two client sites so far and both sites load WAY faster without the NextGen plugin. These guys are using the native WordPress media gallery PLUS I think they are using Ajax because the page doesn’t refresh everytime you click a thumb and the larger image changes.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Lisa at OG.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Lisa at OG.
Well I can share some results for a new plugin we are trying (yes, in order to keep things user friendly for our non techie clients we are still considering a third party plugin – sigh) called MaxGalleria. Just installed to Legacy Theme on Genesis and upgraded to WordPress 3.7 without a hitch! Yep — that’s right no troubleshooting required.
So far we’ve created a demo environment (visit http://www.originalginger.com/demos/legacy1140/test-max-galleria/) and tested several of the skins and templates on the most recent 3 versions of the major browsers (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari) as well as the iPad and the iPhone. It is responsive.
I’ve also been asking plenty of questions in the forum and their moderator got back to me today (on a weekend just like with Studiopress) with ALL of the answers I needed; although, I had very few issues. The interface in the WordPress dashboard for MaxGalleria is also WAY more user friendly than NextGen’s was. Also, it is not a “pig” that slows down my site loading either.
Lastly, I had a request to add multiple caption links to each image for a specific client. The moderator (also a developer) altered and sent me a download w/ a quick fix to use it the way I needed to. All of that for the personal version of the plugin at a cheap $29 per year. We will be upgrading to the developer’s unlimited use version for $99/year. I don’t mind paying when it works “out of the box” and the customer service is so great. My clients will love it because they can make it “pretty” too.
I’d be interested to hear any feedback from anyone else here who decides to try it or check it out. Please keep the feedback coming.
Thanks all for these great suggestions. I’m looking into all of these great lightbox plugins in the hopes of finding something that will work with the native WordPress media gallery. Like @Mealtog we don’t want to rely on too many third party plugins because they get discontinued or stop working well w/ upgrades to Genesis and WordPress. I’ll report back with my findings once we settle on a solution. It’s great to have all the feedback.
The links in caption are working. The issue we have is that NextGen breaks when you upgrade to WordPress 3.7. There is a major conflict. Also, since the original developer sold it and the new owners did some fancy updates — it conflicts with almost every popular known WordPress plugin. So we are looking for alternatives but we need to have linking capability sometimes more than one link in the caption of some images.
Thanks for the suggestion on Jquery Lightbox.October 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm in reply to: Remove featured image not working properly in Crystal Theme #69000
As per my thread above we are on the most up to date Java. Sadly, that didn’t resolve the issue for us. Fortunately, we have w work around – it’s not at a stand still. It’s just frustrating not to understand why it won’t work for us.