Adding larger images to the slideshow and individual format choices

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  • #110053

    tim1t
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    Ok, so I love the photo theme functionality that you’ve set up. As a photo-travel book writer, your theme is (almost) perfect. Thing is, for my landscape photo work, size is important — and that’s where I’d like to see more flexibility.

    For example, when I put my shots up there and use any of the tile choices, the images (of course) are small. But once the user clicks on the image, they get these gloriously big versions of my photos and they can go from one to the other with those arrows. Even a place for comments. Really nicely done!

    But (there’s always a but), for individual images or the slide show, there’s really only one size image — unless I’m missing something. Those images aren’t small. But they aren’t very big compared to the photo sites we all use (including some of the WP themes). And the images don’t get any bigger if you have more screen real estate.

    And unlike many photo sites (car sites, retail sites, etc.) , the images can’t be made bigger by clicking on them and triggering an overlay.

    That’s my ask. To have some way for the user to double click (or something similar) on a 1. single image and have a larger version of a single image come up in an overlay, a version that can be expanded if there’s more real estate.

    And 2. for the slide show module, to let the user double click on a slide and have the slideshow come up but with larger images. (This one’s probably harder but I’m hoping that’s not too difficult to do.)

    I know this one enhancement would take this theme to another level. Obviously not all enhancements are worth the trouble. But for a photographer theme, this one enhancement would add a lot of bang for the buck. And my guess is that a fair number of your theme users would welcome the addition. … Thanks

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    #110159

    rezzap
    Staff

    Hi Tim1t,

    Thanks for offering your suggestions on this. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s something we would be able to incorporate at this point as it would require too major a change to the theme for all users. It also isn’t exactly what we use the featured image fields for and instead leave this to the WordPress Gallery function as you mention above. The Featured image are more like a transition to where you would display your galleries people can then go through.

    I’ll definitely pass this suggestion along to our developers but just wanted to be up front about the reality of it. :)

    Thank you!

    Rebecca

    #110161

    tim1t
    Member
    Original poster

    Sorry to hear there’s so little chance of adding this feature. One note though. I don’t think adding an overlay is “too major a change” for the users — at least in terms of usability.

    That overlay function is already being used for the tiled images in the theme and of course the click action > image overlay has become a standard throughout the web. So it’s kinda what users expect. In fact I was surprised that it wasn’t included in this theme. (You might want to poll your theme users and see whether they would agree.)

    >>>But I get that improving the theme would take some dev time.

    #110162

    rezzap
    Staff

    Hi Tim1t,

    It’s not the dev time, it’s that on WP.com major theme changes affect all users, so it’s rarely going to be approved as a change when it’s something this major. Also, the function is built into WordPress default gallery settings, but isn’t something used for featured images which work as links to a different section of the theme. The functionality of the theme would be changing too much at this point. Hopefully you can find a way to make the theme work as is for you, and if there’s anything I can help to clarify whether or not it’s possible them just let me know. :)

    Thanks!

    Rebecca

    #110165

    tim1t
    Member
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    So the issue is that this theme is tied into the way all the themes on WP are handled as part of a total architecture. Got it. But that’s not “too major a change for the users” is it? That’s not what “users want,” it’s a choice that WP is making based on their global approach to dev work or security etc.

    I hear that point a lot from WP support. And obviously making global changes is challenging. So from a corporate IS mgt perspective, that’s perfectly valid. But from a user’s POV, that doesn’t earn your site extra points. Because having my images expandable if I have more screen real estate or being able to click to enlarge an image is basic functionality. Really, look at what other sites that handle photos can do — and then look at what WP can’t do it.

    I’m not trying to say anything negative about you, you’re dealing with the system you’ve got. But if I’m giving $ to WP each year, I kinda expect them to enhance basic photo handling functionality (and other features that are standards) over time. This stuff is the low hanging fruit when it comes to functional improvements. (end of soapbox segment)

    #110168

    rezzap
    Staff

    Hi tim1t,

    It sounds like you might be better suited on a self-hosted platform using WordPress.org where you’ll have more flexibility in customizing the theme plus the use of plugins to add some of the functionality you’re interested in. You’ll find the difference between platforms listed here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/.

    If you’re looking for a more unique experience and site, then it’s definitely the way to go.

    Thanks,

    Rebecca

    #110171

    tim1t
    Member
    Original poster

    Rebecca, I want a simple photo overlay NOT to do my own WP site development. Is it so hard for you folks to even listen to an ask like mine — or to add a little basic functionality? Sorry — I won’t bother you again.

    #110214

    rezzap
    Staff

    Hello,

    I’m sorry tim1t, we may have gotten a bit off topic. I’m more than happy to help with any questions you may have, but unfortunately what you are asking for here is not possible without editing the template which cannot be achieved on WordPress.com. The options would be available on a self-hosted site which would give you the option for more in depth customizations, but I understand if this isn’t for you neither.

    If there’s anything else I can’t help with, please let me know. :)

    Thank you,

    Rebecca

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