WordPress has many useful features that we know nothing about. I always share with you some of them. One of the features that I really like is the thumbnail gallery feature I shared it with you in this post:
By using this feature, you can insert thumbnail images and display them this way:
The thumbnails are displayed beautifully and attractively. But there is a problem. When someone clicks on a thumbnail, s/he will be taken to a new page to see the full size image. If the person wants to see the other images, s/he will have to click on the Back button of the web browser to find the thumbnail gallery. The visitor needs to repeat this in order to see all images in full size. This is a real hassle, isn’t it?
What are the solutions?
There are two as far as I know. First, you can ask the person to open the thumbnail in a new tab. For untechy people, this is not easy. And it is a hassle for techy people as well especially in this ultra-busy world. Second, you can allow visitors to open each thumbnail in a lightbox window. They don’t need to open the thumbnail in a new tab or page. They’ll just click and see the full size image in a beautiful lightbox window. This is an example:
Great isn’t it?
To have something like this on your blog, you need to install a plugin called Lightbox 2. I installe this plugin before on my blog and it didn’t work well. Now there is a new version and it is just great. To install the plugin, follow these steps:
- Click on Plugins and then Add New
- Write the name of the plugin (Lightbox 2) and click on Install Now
- Activate the plugin
Now you have the plugin installed and activated. All you have to do is change the options if you want to. Follow these steps to do that:
- Click on Settings
- Click on LightBox 2
Here are the plugin options:
You can change the lightbox appearance. You have 4 colors to choose from. White, grey, dark grey and dark. You can also choose to allow the plugin to automatically resize large images.
That’s all you have to do!
Now, just insert the thumbnail gallery into a WordPress page or post, click on one of the thumbnail and see the plugin in action.
Make sure you read the other post about the thumbnail gallery to know how to insert it first. Here is a thumbnail gallery for you to see how the plugin works:
Cool isn’t it?
That’s all for today. Opening full size image in a new page or tab is really annoying especially if you have a lot of thumbnails. This is the best solution in my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comment area below.
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