Ken November 8th, 2008
I’ve been using NextGen Gallery for all of our images we post on our website. It’s great. It is incredibly robust, has a ton of options and features and was too difficult for my wife to remember what she needed to do to put a couple pictures of the kids up. WordPress introduced a gallery function when they rolled out 2.5 and it was easy to use, but hard to organize. Albumize grew out of a desire to simplify, yet still organize our family photos, and I believe it does just that.
- Upload the `albumize` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Create a page that will function as your album and place the
[albumize]shortcode in it. Create child pages of your album page and place your galleries in them.
- (Optional) Create a brief description of your gallery by using an “alb_blurb” custom field key and the description in the value.
- (Optional) Select the gallery cover for the album by using an “alb_cover” custom field key and the number of the picture in the gallery (e.g. 5, 13, etc) for the value. The first picture in the gallery will be used by default.
I’ve tried to keep Albumize pretty straightforward and easy to use. All you need to do to get it going is to pick a page that will function as your album and insert the
[albumize] shortcode into the content of the page.
After creating that page, you just need to create child pages to place your galleries in. You can add the custom fields on the page to designate what you want displayed in the gallery and which image you’d like as the cover thumbnail when the album displays. Just add “alb_blurb” as the key and a brief description as its value. Then add “alb_cover” as the key and the number (in order) of the image you’d like to use as cover thumbnail. If you’d rather not mess with that, Albumize will just display the title of your child page and the first image in the gallery.
The result of all this handiwork is displayed below.
Version 1.2 added increasing styling options by wrapping each element in a <div>. There are two display options included with the plugin and limitless possibilities exist for any type of custom styling you would like to do. Horizontal styling is the default using only the
[albumize] shortcode. However, to use the included vertical styling (thanks Roman!) simply use
To add your own custom styling, use
[albumize style='yourstylename'] (where ‘yourstylename’ is any name you’d like to classify it as) and add the styling to your theme’s stylesheet. The Albumize elements are classified as the following:
- albumize_gallery_yourstylename (main gallery div)
- albumize_thumb_yourstylename (thumbnail div)
- albumize_title_yourstylename (title div)
- albumize_desc_yourstylename (description div)
- albumize_count_yourstylename (count span)
Whatever you use for the style attribute will be used as the last part of the element classification when the album is displayed. Just add your own styling for these elements and you are all set to go. Add as many different styles as you want and call any of them using the style attribute.
The latest version of Albumize can be downloaded here. Thoughts, comments, questions, feature requests? Let me know.