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You obviously put a lot of work into the current WordPress plugin to make it look so good, but it doesn't serve the most common reason that people buy SSP director, to serve slideshows.
A quick zip through the feature requests archive shows that I'm not the only one with this idea. Making the plugin easier as a bridge for putting slideshows into wordpress would open up SSPs usefulness to the massive base of 72,000,000 Wordpress installs. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet's "top 1 million" websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. Most of these are blog and news sites that are looking for an easy and powerful slideshow solution.
The answer is relatively simple
1. Slideshow shortcode:
There should be an easily inserted slideshow shortcode to insert each slideshow into a wordpress page. This will help with future compatibility and speed of publishing slideshows.
2. Links between posts and slideshow
This is probably the easiest part. When I'm creating a post and I'm ready to add a slideshow there should be a simple link that takes me to the "upload" page of my director install, and likewise after I upload photos there should be a link that takes me to the "new post" wordpress page.
3. SEO and Photo Editor friendly photo pages:
The old SlidePress plugin created thumbnail links to individual pages for each photo in a slideshow which was great for search engine indexing of each photo and their caption information. For an example look at this page on something without Flash support: http://www.incendiaryimage.com/projects … evolution/
Now there aren't any hard linked individual photo pages which makes the photos invisible to search engines, and hard to share individual photos with photo editors.
Using a shortcode should make this much easier to implement.
p.s. Background color:
This is a relatively minor bug, but when the embed code is copy and pasted into wordpress it includes a default of black background color. That setting should be part of the params.xml file or at least have a default available in the settings page (be sure to include a "none" option).
Last edited by ddegner (2012-04-05 15:37:15)
I agree! I just installed it and while it lets me grab images from my Director there's no actual slide show function. Not even something like FancyBox or Lightbox. I especially trupet DDegners request for SEO, these are desperate times and SEO is really important.
DDegner: I ended up copying the code from one of my albums into my page but had some problems there like not being able to align right or left. I don't want to hijack this thread but I thought you might be interested: I placed the SSP code into a div on the page or post:
<div id="ssp-r">paste your ssp code here</div>
and set the controls to the div in the style.css and I got it got it to align right:
It works like a charm! There are some other problems that I will address in my wishlist post I'm about to make called SSP MOBILE FEATURES.