JQuery Featured Content Gallery

Originally intended to be similar to the famous Featured Content Gallery but using JQuery thus avoiding conflicts with other plugins.

Author:David Smith (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:2.7
WordPress version tested:3.0.5
Plugin version:1.2
Added to WordPress repository:08-07-2010
Last updated:10-08-2010
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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Plugin URI:http://www.cibydesign.co.uk/resources-and-dow...
Total downloads:17 665
Active installs:70+
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Originally intended to be similar to the famous Featured Content Gallery but using JQuery thus avoiding conflicts with other plugins. However I tried to use a different, I think simpler, way of administrating the options. I believe FCG would now say that they are trying to achieve something different. JFCG is now essentially a rotating banner.

When I started making this plugin I wanted to do it in the most ‘proper’ way possible, avoiding a quick fix for the website I wrote this for (www.camberleyengineers.com). I have tried to make all the code clean and use the recommended ways of doing things. As is always the case with these things, it’s probably veered away from this ideal somewhat so any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated.

The original inspiration came from Jon Raasch’s excellent tutorial http://jonraasch.com/blog/a-simple-jquery-slideshow

If you use this plugin and you like it, please give me a nice star rating and report that it works on the wordpress.org page. If you have any problems, please report them on the forum page for the plugin so I can fix ’em. It’s hard to tell how my plugin is doing and make it better without any feedback.

To Do

  • Validate all fields on admin pages
  • Clean up CSS and tables on gallery page
  • Change caption to a div tag. It needs to be able to hold HTML as well as having 1.0 opacity forground with lower opacity background. It is currently in an h2 tag which looks ok but the text has the same opacity level as the background (0.5). I think this will make the biggest difference as to how the plugin is viewed by others.

Browser compatibility Issues

For the future

  • Extra JS animations
  • Options for how caption shows up rather than users adding all the html etc in the field
  • Resize images with imagick rather than HTML/CSS
  • JS optimization

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