How To Install Fotorama Plug-In For WordPress

We have mentioned on our website in other articles how you have two options for installing the stunning Fotorama sliding photo gallery on your website. The first option was a manipulation of source code and HTML, which was slightly more techy but most likely not an issue for people who already had some website experience. After all, anyone who takes the option of running their own HTML/CSS website without the use of a content management system is either good with computer or has bucket loads of cash to shell out to developers to take care of it for them. Either way, the majority of you who want to make some use of the Fotorama jQuery gallery will be doing so using a WordPress website. The wonderful thing about installing a Javascript plug-in on WordPress is that it is almost incomprehensible in its simplicity.

Whereas doing it on a standard HTML/CSS template website requires at least some technological knowledge beyond clicking a few buttons, adding the Fotorama plug-in to WordPress is exactly that. It means no more than the clicking of a few buttons and it will be ready to use. This is why beginner website administrators prefer WordPress over the much more complex alternative of running your website through a HTML or CSS template that you need to manipulate yourself every time you want to change something.

The first thing we should point out about WordPress websites is that if you are using a website, you cannot install a plug-in. websites are hosted on the official WordPress site. These kind of websites have their limitations, one of which is blocking the installation of plug-ins. This is to encourage users who are serious about running their own website to pay for a hosting platform, many of which WordPress has close ties with. If you want to retain the WordPress domain, you can get a website, which caters for the installation of plug-ins.

Anyway, moving on. You have two choices when installing this plug-in (or any other plug-in) on your website. The first is to search for it in the WordPress directory. To do this, navigate to plug-ins-add new, and type the name of the plug-in you require in the search bar. In this case, you will type Fotorama. Once it appears in your search results, all you need to do is click on the Install Now button. The rest of the process is automatic, and once it is finished, WordPress has successfully integrated the Fotorama plug-in on your website. It could not be any easier. Remember, when adding any plug-in to your WordPress website, it needs to be activated before it will display on your domain. To do this, just navigate to plug-ins, Fotorama and click the big activate button beside it. Your website is now ready to display stunning pictures.

For the sake of being thorough, we will go through the second option. Not all wordPress plug-ins are free (Fotorama is, you'll be delighted to hear), so sometimes you need to manually search for them on the net. For example, when going to the official Fotorama jQuery website, you will be presented with the option to download the WordPress plug-in. Do this, and save it to a handy location on your computer. The source files will come in .zip format for speedy re-uploading to WordPress. To install the downloaded files, go to your WordPress admin panel. Hit up plug-ins-add new-upload plug-in. Browse for the zip files on your computer and click upload. The rest of the process is identical to the first method and just requires activation of Fotorama.