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Gallery previews and remote videos on WordPress for the WP Media Folder plugin Addon


Videos are great. They are expressive, entertaining and engaging, but your server probably disagrees. Videos occupy a lot of space, which is why many still prefer to use YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitch or one of the many other hosting services for videos. Now, WP Media Folder also supports remote videos in addition to other smaller introductions in version 2.3 of the gallery addon. 

WP Media Folder's Gallery Addon lets you create galleries out of images and videos. Now, with the latest update, you can even embed remote videos in your WordPress posts and pages. You can also get creative with new slider styling options, and preview galleries before embedding them.

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 Remote videos in WordPress galleries

There are various reasons why you might want to host your videos remotely. For starters, videos take up much more space than images, and server space can be expensive. But there are other reasons too. Hosting videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch or any other video hosting service makes it much easier for you to share videos, and for new customers to discover you.

Adding remote videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook or any other website to a WordPress gallery is almost effortless. When you're creating or editing a gallery, look for the video icon under the Upload Images section. Click on the video icon to insert a video.

To insert a video into a gallery, all you need is the video's URL. For example, if you want to embed a YouTube video, find the video, and copy its URL from your browser's address bar. Copy the URL, paste it in WP Media Folder's Gallery Addon and click on create.

WP Media Folder's Gallery Addon already supports a wide range of video hosting services, including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook Watch, Twitch, Dailymotion and Wistia. Moreover, you can also quickly embed other videos hosted on your server if you have a link to it handy.

 Better galleries on WordPress

If you prefer images to videos, there's still something for you in WP Media Folder's Gallery Addon 2.3. The WordPress gallery plugin's latest update introduces new styling options for carousels and other layouts, as well as a preview functionality right in your gallery.

The slider theme, for example, now supports a multi-line display. If the gallery has many images and you want to facilitate navigation, you can change the number of lines it occupies. You can change the theme settings from the Display settings & Shortcode tab in the gallery editor. If you change the Number Lines option to 3, for example, the slider will be a grid with three rows.

Another new introduction is the size of the navigation area. Galleries that have multiple pages of images and videos, and the controls are on either side. The Gallery navigation width (px) display setting lets you specify how much width the navigation controls should take; the larger the number, the more space for the navigation arrows, but the narrower the gallery.

If you're undecided on how many lines your slider gallery should have, or how much width the navigation controls should take, there's even more good news. Whereas before, you would have had to update the gallery and preview it to decide if it needs further tweaks, now you can preview changes in the gallery editor itself. All you have to do is click on the Preview tab to view your gallery.

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 Do more with galleries. With the latest update to WP Media Folder's Gallery Addon, you can create WordPress galleries with any image or video, regardless of where it is hosted. And with the new previewing functionality, tinkering does not have to be tedious.

Interested in adding galleries to your WordPress blog? Read more about WP Media Folder's Gallery Addon here

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