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Enhancing Your Site with Slideshows

Renaldo
posted this on November 16, 2011 02:07 PM

Working With Slideshows

If you’ve already installed the Photo Gallery application and have started adding images, you’re probably ready to create slideshows. This article will offer best practices for using slideshows on your site as well as provide helpful tips and tricks.

Gallery Settings for Slideshow View

By default, your site’s visitors can view any of your albums as a Slideshow by clicking the “view as slideshow” link from the album page. However, you can activate slideshows for all of your albums by default in the Gallery Settings.

Click on the Settings button from the Main Gallery page while you're in Sitebuilder mode. This will take you to the Edit Gallery Settings page.

The options under Gallery View are “Slideshow View (Professional, portfolios, etc.)” and “Social Gallery (Commenting, etc.).” Tick “Slideshow View” to make slidwshows the default for all albums in your Gallery.

Adding Music To Your Slideshow

From your main Photo Gallery page, select the album you want to add music to.

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This will bring you to the the Album Details page. Click on the “more album options” to reveal the “Slideshow Music” option. Here, you can upload an MP3 to use for your Slideshow’s background music or use a previously-uploaded MP3 under “My Files.”

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NOTE: Using audio files may slow down or stall your Slideshow’s performance. It is recommended that you use an audio file with a lower bitrate for visitors with slower Internet connections.

For more on using audio on your website, check out the following article elsewhere in the Knowledgebase:

Performance Tips

The speed of your slideshow and the way images display means choosing the best file types and file size. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid delays, pixelation and any other complications that may interrupt performance.

Stick to the JPG/JPEG or GIF format.

Avoid using bitmap (BMP) files that are not optimized for online performance. Bitmap files can potentially stall the slideshow due to how long they take to load.

Use audio with caution.

Since a visitor’s browser has to load your images and your sound file at the same time, it might be a good idea to use an audio file with a lower bitrate or a music file with a shorter playback time. Audio files tend to be very heavy, and may take a while to load for visitors with slower Internet connections.

Avoid using small images.

Slideshows expand to fit the visitor’s computer monitor resolution, so a tiny image when displayed in Slideshow View will be pixelated.

 
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