Revamping the Gallery

Old Gallery

I’ve been using the WordPress plugin NextGEN Gallery to automatically create my model horse galleries, but I’ve finally given up on it. It’s constantly resizing the pictures incorrectly, has no built-in ‘back to gallery’, ‘back to main’ options, and has a rather annoying way of creating the thumbnails. From what I can find in the forums and FAQ, there’s no easy solution to any of these problems.

So for now I’m keeping the plug-in for simple things, like the slideshows in which I can hide Easter Eggs, but not for actual galleries. I may end up swapping it out for something that only does slideshows, but we’ll see.

Which means I’m going to spend the next few weeks moving horses over to manually created gallery pages.

All 200+ of them. *sighs*

Looking on the bright side, this gives me the opportunity to link each horse to the corresponding blog post and the blog posts back to the galleries– so it should increase the flow of readers back and forth. Anything that increases ease of navigation is a good thing, even if it’s a bit of a time sink.

Of course I could always just sit down and write my own gallery code based on the tags from the Media Tags plug-in…

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!