How to Get an iOS Style Image Gallery for Your WordPress Site
Mobile design is all the rage these days. A huge proportion of people now access the Internet via smartphones or tablets, and web design principles must adjust to suit a wide variety of platforms.
Some developers even go as far as creating apps for their websites. Whilst you won’t see me doing that any time soon (partly because I’d have no idea what to do), I’m all for making mobile users more comfortable with the browsing experience.
And that brings me to today’s plugin.
It is fair to say that the name of this plugin doesn’t give a great deal away, but WPJaipho does offer the kind of functionality that will interest a lot of mobile design fanboys.
The concept is simple – to take the standard WordPress gallery, and turn it into an iOS style photo gallery when viewed on iPhone or iPad.
Your best bet in understanding what the hell I am talking about is to see it in action.
First of all, we have a garden variety WordPress gallery, created with the
shortcode, as viewed on a laptop or PC:
And the same gallery when viewed on an iPhone:
Unfortunately, the display gets a little messy when you click on an image in the gallery:
However, with the WPJaipho plugin installed on your WordPress blog, iPhone and iPad users will get a far more familiar display when they select an image:
The user can swipe through photos as they would in a normal iOS gallery. This will only happen when an iOS device is being used – all other users will see the normal WordPress gallery interface.