posted this on December 31, 2010, 16:31
A slideshow is a great way of adding interest to your frontpage, displaying images from an event, or creating adverts that draw attention to particular content. You can create on using the Gallery component module
Using the Gallery component module.
This is covered in the following video, originally produced for the Baptist Union.
Use the button, bottom right, to zoom the video full screen.
Got lots of images?
This is not a solution if you want to display large numbers of images as the technology used (common across the web) pre-loads the graphics before displaying them. Consequently, if you have too many images it slows down the loading of the slideshow or stops it completely. Maybe stick to a maximum of 8 images.
Want a solution for browsing lots of images? Create an account at Flickr.com and set up an Album for each set of images, then simply link to the Album from your website. NB Flickr have withdrawn the ability to use third-party slideshows to draw content from their site, but the new image browsing interface is very effective and makes it easy to view large amounts of images quickly – see this example from the Baptist Union.
Using a slideshow for adverts
It's also possible to link the images in a slideshow to other content. This means you could use it for displaying adverts to events or other content in the site. Link your images as follows:
Locate your image and select it to display its properties.
Under 'Extra link' click the 'Set link' button; the 'link' browser will open in a new window.
Select the content you want to link to.
Click Save to commit your changes.
If you've published your slideshow in the past you'll notice your images don't link to your content. This is because it's stored in memory so takes awhile to update.
The changes I make to my slideshow don't display?
Once you've published your slideshow successfully it is stored in memory so any updates may take a while to display.