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WordPress Missing Gallery Slideshow Option?

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Today I am working on a simple WordPress based website for a small school. On this particular site, a slideshow will be required. If  you Google for “WordPress slideshow” you will find a few links on the various WordPress websites and user forums regarding the built-in slide show tools.

Well, that’s misleading.

It took far too long for me to figure out that self-hosted WordPress does NOT include a slideshow option for image galleries. Slideshows are available to those who use a WordPress hosted site. So, for those of us who host on 3rd party web hosts (or on your own VPS, perhaps), you need to use a plugin (still).

I have used NextGen Gallery in the past, and it still is one of the most popular image gallery managers for WordPress, so it looks like I will be using it again.

And for your reference, here, is a list of features that are different between the “.com” and “.org” WordPress systems.


This blog moved. No moving trucks required.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Perceptus Back Story blog was down for an hour or so yesterday while we migrated it from one virtual private server to another.

The reason for the move? It’s about time we install a few WordPress plugins that we’ve had our eye on.  We know that commenting on this blog is awkward – you have to register.  We’ll be playing around with 3rd party logins for commenting.  It might even happen today.

Plus, the old server is destined to be rebuilt sometime in the hazy future – the software on it is nearing it’s end of life.

SPAM Registrations to a Blog?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

This blog started getting hundreds of automated new user registrations per day, starting a few days ago.  I’m not entirely sure what the point of that would be, nor, do I have any idea why now, after several years of this blogs existence, these are showing up now.

Anyway, skipping to the point of this post: If a spammer used your email address to create an account on this blog, we’re sorry.  No one at Perceptus had anything to do with it.

We’re playing around with the well reviewed SABRE plugin for WordPress to try and stop this annoyance.  Fingers crossed.

Finally, the Perceptus Back Story Blog Gets a Personality

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Look above!  The default WordPress blue Kubrick header graphic is gone.

It was finally time to make this blog a little personalized, a little bit custom.  We actually get a couple hundred hits a day on our corporate blog – much to our disbelief.

The new header graphic?  That cute little inukshuk was one of hundreds of impromptu inukshuks built during the best Olympics ever along the south shore of False Creek in Vancouver earlier this year.

Some technical notes:

  • We’re using a child theme of WordPress’s default theme, this way, we should have minimal problems updating the WordPress software in the future. This page was useful:
  • For some reason the image size was wonky – our image is 760×200 pixels, but websites gave different specifications – maybe it depends on the version of WP?
  • We stole the curved border from the Kubrick header image, then knocked out the middle “blue”, and saved it as a PNG with a transparent middle hole.
  • The inukshuk photo was flipped, cropped, darkened, fuzzed, and generally mishandled using the GIMP image editor.
  • The images were all combined in Inkscape.

If the blog traffic continues to grow, maybe we’ll do some real customizations next year.