How to Enable a Sitewide Lightbox Effect for WPMU with Easy Flickr Integration
I love hacks that benefit WPMU so I’m always on the hunt to find ones that will be helpful to our readers. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of getting a lightbox effect for images to be site-wide on your installation, here is your answer. This is a slightly hacked version of the Slimbox plugin by Brajesh Singh of Thinking In WordPress. Grab the zip file of the plugin here. Unzip and upload the files slimbox.php and the folder “slimbox” to wp-content/mu-plugins directory. That’s all you have to do. It will automatically be activated site-wide.
Quick Example with Flickr and WPMU:
Steps in Review:
1. Install the Slimbox Plugin that has been hacked for WPMU.
2. Install a Flickr Widget for WPMU.
If you pull this widget into BuddyPress, I imagine that you can set up a decent gallery that allows users to drop in their Flickr RSS and have their photos shown on their profile with Slimbox, instead of opening at Flickr. Maybe we’ll do a tutorial on that if there’s any interest. :) There are BP gallery plugins coming onto the scene, but if you don’t want the hassle of hosting your member’s images, try using the Slimbox API to utilize a 3rd party image hosting service.