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As of this month - August 2012 - the NextGEN Gallery plugin appears to be the best gallery plugin for WordPress. It has an astonishing 5.5 million downloads and over 2,000 positive ratings. But I wanted to discover if there were drawbacks to this impressive plugin and in what situations would other plugins suit users better. So along with NextGEN Gallery I'll be looking at DM Albums and WP J Query Lightbox plugins.
The other two plugins aren't slackers and boast pretty fine download figures too, with over 90,000 and 180,000 respectively. With a wealth of choice on WordPress for gallery plugin options, this blog post and accompanying video will help you get a clearer idea what's important to you as a WordPress user and so what suits your situation.
With lots of plugins available, it makes it hard to choose. Hopefully this will help!
Click to View the Video, click bottom right button to view full screen, or to the left of that to view on Youtube with Chaptering
Clarification: In this post and video we're going to concentrate on gallery plugins that showcase photographs and images. There are a wealth of other plugins which have some overlap, but do slightly or very different functions. For example Thumbnails for Excerpts displays thumbnails of your actual posts to entice people to click on them, similar to WordPress Content Slide which creates fading image slide shows, again of your content. Or Awesome Flickr Gallery which displays your photos on flickr in gallery form on your WordPress site. But for this review we'll exclude those and keep the brief tight, and concentrate on plugins that simply display galleries of images on your website.
This week on SelfAssemblySites' Web News Round Up we look at Google's attempt to be a big player in downloadable media with Google Play, Earth Hour 2012 and the YouTube challenge, the US Navy's new laser canon, how apps can change your life and the Oatmeal gives gold standard advice on improving your shopping cart as only it can.
Google Integrates Play Into Navigation Bar
Google has taken the next step in its mission to become one of the big players in downloadable media online. The search giant has unified all its digital content stores under the name Google Play. The navigation bar already contains gmail, docs, images, youtube and maps, now joining them with the bright red 'new' beside it, is Google's latest venture. But will the take up be on par with Google Earth or Google Buzz? Read the article.
US Navy 4 Years Away From Laser Guns on Ships
It's up there with some of the most popular science fiction visions of the future, but the laser gun weapon may soon become fact. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) claim they'll have a working laser canon prototype on a ship in under four years time. It's purpose will primarily be to target subsonic cruise missiles, aircraft, fast moving boats and unmanned aerial vehicles. Read the article and watch the video.
YouTube Earth Hour Campaign Dares You To Take Action for the Planet
Earth Hour which is now in its sixth year encourages people to take positive action by turning off your lights for one hour annually on March 31st between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. YouTube is launching a new platform named "I Will If You Will" for Earth Hour 2012, it allows people to challenge others to take environmentally friendly action for the planet. Read the article and watch the video.
How Apps Can Change Your Life
Chad Mureta was a an 18 hour a day real estate agent salesman living from hand to mouth until he had a car crash which mangled his arm and almost killed him. From knowing little or nothing about technology he borrowed some money and created an app for $1800 which eventually created revenue of $800,000. His new book, "App Empire: Make Money, Have a Life and Let Technology Work for You", gives insights on how you can do the same. Read the article and watch the video.
Your domain name is one of your core points of branding and identity for your business or organisation on the web so it's well worth putting in even a little bit of time and thought in making a decision that you're mostly stuck with for years to come. These few pointers are to help you avoid some of the most common errors.
The Video, Choosing A Domain Name: Essentials to Consider, follows the tips.
Choosing the Wrong Suffix
Your choice of suffix or Top Level Domain (TLD) extension is key. Generally you can't go too far wrong with .com and to a lesser extent .net or .org, but be extremely wary of oddities like .cc and .co.com due to being uber cheap some of these are heavily associated with spammers and questionable practices. Read more about avoiding risky domain extensions here.
If you're a national business, country specific domains can add to that sense of nationality and locality eg. .fr for France, .co.uk for the UK, .ie for Ireland and so on. But buying .ie and attempting to attract audiences from elsewhere in the world could prove tricky as you're removing a level of trust or familiarity away from the visitor.
Here are some TLD's you may be less familiar with:
- .com is the leading TLD, but all one word and most two words in the English language are already taken.
- .biz was created as an alternative for businesses to .com, but is less commonly used these days.
- .net was originally for networks only, but can be a good option if your .com is not available.
- .me tend to only be suitable for sites about you, usually resume or CV sites.
- .edu is restricted to educational institutions and links from these to your site are quite valuable.
- .gov is similarly restricted but used by government entities in the USA.
- .info usually indicates information sites, but Google are wary of it as many spammers used to use it .
- .org is for organisations and often for non-profits and can be suitable if your .com is not available.
- .mobi focuses on mobile ready or mobile only versions of websites.