Everyone has a different name for a gallery image slider, I often heard it called a carousel, slider, image rotate or photo scroll. Essentially they are all based on the same thing: moving images.
My favourite WordPress gallery is Soliloquy, mainly because it is very easy to use but also because the coding is uncluttered and minimal; this ensures that your pages load quickly and you don’t get penalised for a slow site.
Today I wanted to give a quick overview on how to manage a Soliloquy gallery.
When you click on Soliloquy from your WordPress admin menu you will see a list of the sliders that have been created.
Simple click on the gallery you wish to edit.
When you select a gallery the images within that gallery will load. You can remove images from your gallery by clicking the red X at the top left of the image. You can edit the image by clicking the blue tick at the top right of the image – this allows you to add a caption, add an alt tag* and add a title. You can hide the image but not delete it by clicking the green eye at the bottom left of the image.
*ALT tags are used to describe the image or what the image is representing. One of the main purposes of ALT tags is for the benefit of visually impaired users who use screen readers when browsing. ALT tags are also used for those who surf the web with images turned off or users that have text only browsers. Google relies on them too, as it cannot see any content in images.
To add new images you can SELECT FILES FROM YOUR COMPUTER and the upload screen will appear. Or you can SELECT FROM OTHER SOURCES, which allows you to choose images that have already been uploaded and are stored in your media library.
When adding a new gallery or changing the settings in an existing gallery you will click on the configuration tab. This is pretty self-explanatory and nothing will break if you play with the settings. Mostly you would probably want to change the slider dimensions, add slider navigation like arrows or circles, change the speed or change the transition, e.g. slide or fade.
If I have built your website you will have all of this already done for you.
Other configuration tabs include MOBLE, where you can select to load smaller images on mobile devices. This is essential! You can also choose whether captions display on mobile devices. It’s a case of having a play around and seeing how captions look. If you have very short captions they will be fine.
There are lots of other things that you can do with Soliloquy, it can be a featured posts slider or a carousel (where several images are on screen at the same time). There is lots of content that you can choose to slide – products, PDF files, Pinterest images, Instagram, videos and even insert images from other sources or websites.
One feature I use a great deal is image thumbnails. Where you have a gallery with smaller clickable images below.
There are settings to go with this too. You can decide how many thumbnails to have, the size and where you would like them to appear. You can choose top, bottom, left or right. You should enable cropping so that they are all sized to the same dimensions.
That is all, just a few tips on using the Soliloquy galleries. They also have a video if you like to watch and learn.