I am pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of the Dynamic Content Gallery plugin for WordPress and WordPress Mu.
The key enhancements with Version 2.0+ are:
- Compatible with WordPress Mu
- Added Gallery CSS options to the Settings page
- Added Reset checkbox to the Settings to restore default options
- Major rewrite of the underlying code to ensure compatibility with future versions of WordPress
This plugin creates a dynamic gallery of images for latest and/or featured posts. Using JonDesign’s excellent SmoothGallery script, this plugin makes the gallery truly dynamic so that it automatically creates the gallery from your latest and/or featured posts. You can see a working demo on the Dynamic Content Gallery Configuration page.
- Displays 5 custom images, titles and descriptions for the 5 latest posts from your choice of categories. For example, the last 5 posts from one category or the latest post from 5 categories – or any other combination in-between.
- Highly configurable
- Valid xhtml ouput
- Tested to be compatible with WordPress 2.5 to 2.8.5
- Compatible with WordPress Mu 2.8.4a (note some options are not available when run on WPMU)
Download the latest version of the Dynamic Content Gallery.
So, what does it do?
The Dynamic Content Gallery automatically pulls in images and titles from the latest posts in your chosen categories, configured via a Settings page, and displays these using JonDesign’s SmoothGallery script. Each image links to it’s associated post so that your site visitors have direct access to your featured content.
How does it work?
Very simply! For each of the gallery’s 5 image “slots” the plugin checks to see if, for the latest posts in specified categories, post custom fields exist for the image filename and its description. If so, these are displayed in the gallery. If an image or its description has not been specified in the post custom field, the plugin displays a default image or default description for the these posts.
The key to the plugin is the use of post custom fields which enable you to add an image and image description to each post and have these automatically pulled into the gallery.
Installation and configuration
Visit the dedicated Dynamic Content Gallery configuration page for full details of installation, configuration and usage, including screenshots to help you set up the Settings page. Please note: this page will be updated to reflect the changes in Version 2.0. In the meantime please refer to the README.txt file supplied in the download.
Upgrading an existing installation of the plugin
Important! If you are upgrading an existing installation of the Dynamic Content Gallery plugin, please install the upgrade as per the instructions provided on the Dynamic Content Gallery v2 upgrade instructions page.
In the first instance, please take time to read the README.txt file supplied in the download.
Answers to frequent questions can be found on the FAQ page.
A support forum is available here in case you still have questions or problems with the plugin. Registration is required but only takes a minute and doesn’t require any personal info apart from your email address. Please do not leave comments here asking for support. That’s what the forum is for. Thank you!
I gratefully acknowledge and thank JonDesigns, for the versatile and excellent gallery script which this plugin uses, and special thanks and kudos to Jason Schuller whose original Featured Content Gallery plugin inspired me to develop this in the first place, and from whose initial work I have borrowed heavily.