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We’ve added a new feature to FooGallery PRO: Thumbnail Filters. These are similar to Instagram filters you know and love, and this means you can now alter the look of your FooGallery thumbnails easily, without needing to edit the images. It also adds a bit more pizzaz to your galleries.

Everyone Loves Instagram Filters

Every Instagram user loves using the filters. The filters mean you can quickly change your images, without needing to be a Photoshop pro. We wanted to give you something similar.

Plus, with over a billion users a month, Instagram is clearly a crowd favorite. It is also a platform with which a lot of younger users identify. Hootsuite says that over 70% of Instagram users are under 35 years old. But why is this significant? How does it affect you?

Because a good percentage of online users and shoppers fall into this age group. Younger users, generally those between 20 and 35 years old, are using the internet more. They shop more than older users for personal products or fashion, for example. And because of this, you want them to identify with your brand.

With FooGallery PRO‘s new Thumbnail Filters, you can grab the attention of a younger audience and make your galleries really stand out. If you’re looking for a competitive edge, then this could just be your solution.

The New Thumbnail Filter

From gritty vintage photos, to color-popping galleries, the new Thumbnail Filters really let you play to your strengths, in much the same way that Instagram does. There are 12 filters to choose from, or you can select ‘None’ if you don’t want a filter for a particular gallery. The filters are applied to the thumbnails only, so if your users click on an image, they will still see the original.

In the below gallery, we used the Grid PRO template with the Toaster filter.

Here’s a quick look at some of the other filters (using a Justified Gallery) or you can see more demos here. As you can see, this feature allows for more versatility and customization, meaning you can take your galleries to the next level.

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How To Add Thumbnail Filters

This feature comes with FooGallery PRO. To find it in your settings, simply choose the gallery template you want to use. Then navigate to the Appearance tab in your gallery settings. Scroll down to the end of the appearance settings and you’ll find the Thumbnail filters.

Note: make sure you set your view to Gallery Preview so you can see what each filter looks like as you select it.

Simple! The Thumbnails Filters are an easy and effective way to make your galleries stand out and get the attention they deserve.

If you don’t have FooGallery PRO, you can upgrade now or try the 7-Day Free Trial.

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FooGallery and FooBox have both been updated to address a potential security risk.

Freemius recently notified us, as one of their customers, of a potential SDK security vulnerability. They went to work on the issue immediately and asked developers to do the same. The issue was quickly resolved on their side and ours, and our latest update will ensure that your site won’t be at risk. We must commend Vova and the Freemius team as to how they handled the situation and quickly got to the bottom of this.

We are not releasing any more detailed information about this vulnerability just yet, as we are following best practices according to responsible disclosure. This will give all our customers (and other developers) a fair chance to update and at the same time, avoid leaking information to potential threats.

Freemius has released some information in this blog post, should you want to read more about the security vulnerability.

What should you do?

All you need to do to secure your site is to update FooBox and FooGallery. Updates are available for Free and PRO versions of both plugins. You can update by accessing the plugins from your Plugin page in your WordPress dashboard.

If you are running FooBox version 2.4.0.0 or lower, then you are safe and do not need to do anything, as older versions of the plugin does not contain the Freemius SDK. If you are running any version of FooGallery or FooBox PRO after version 2.4.0.0, then you should update immediately.

Updates for Expired Licenses

If you have an expired PRO license for either FooGallery or FooBox, we are offering free updates to ensure you are kept safe. This won’t be an automatic update however, and you will need to contact us directly. You can simply email info@fooplugins.com or contact us. This is another reason why you should renew your license key, so that you get important updates as quickly as possible.

We do apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please know that we take your security very seriously and should you have any queries or concerns, feel free to contact us.

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FooGallery and FooBox have both just been updated!

The most important thing you need to know is that the latest updates have been tested up to WordPress 5.1. This will ensure that both FooBox and FooGallery will continue working smoothly once you’ve updated WordPress.

For both FooGallery and FooBox there have been general maintenance updates and a lot of edge-case bug fixes, specifically with certain notched iPhones.

New in FooBox PRO

Two exciting new additions to FooBox PRO include being able to open a FooGallery in FooBox and overriding the WooCommerce V3 lightbox. Here’s a closer look at these two new features.

Opening a Gallery in FooBox PRO

You have always been able to open inline HTML in FooBox. This has allowed you to include items like mail subscriptions or notifications in a lightbox. But now you will be able to open FooGallery galleries by using the gallery shortcode in your html.

Click here to see FooGallery open in FooBox

The above demo uses a Single Thumbnail Gallery. This displays one thumbnail for the gallery, but when you click on the image, you can scroll to the other images in the gallery.

Here’s an example using a Responsive Image Gallery

We have put together a detailed doc outlining how to do this yourself. You can follow these steps to learn on how to open your FooGallery in FooBox. Alternatively, you can simply edit and add the below HTML code snippets to your page.

The ‘a’ tag: <a href=”#fooboxgallery” target=”foobox”>Add your wording here</a>

The div: <div id=”fooboxgallery” style=”display: none;”>[Insert gallery shortcode here]</div>

If you’ve just created a gallery, you can use simply click on the shortcode and paste it into the code. To find the shortcode of an existing gallery, go to the Galleries page from your menu. The shortcode for each gallery is in the second to last column.

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If the size of the gallery isn’t what you’re looking for, you will need to add data-width and data-height attributes to the anchor tag to make the lightbox bigger when it opens.

If you’re using Gutenberg, you can use the Custom HTML blocks to add the code to your post. Here’s an example of how the HTML will appear in the block editor.

Overriding WooCommerce with FooBox PRO

FooBox PRO can now also override the WooCommerce lightbox. If you have WooCommerce V3 installed, then FooBox PRO will show you a new option called “Override Woocommerce Lightbox”. By selecting this, you will be able to override the WooCommerce plugin for all of your product images.

Alternatively, if you want to change the settings for individual images – that is, you don’t want to disable the WooCommerce lightbox and zoom across your site, rather just on individual images, then we recommend using the WooCommerce Product Image Gallery Options plugin.

Coming Soon…

You may be interested to know that we’re adding something new to FooGallery PRO to liven up your galleries! Watch this space.

Let us know what features you want to see. Add a comment to the top card in our public Trello board.

We’ll continue working on new features for FooBox and FooGallery. In the meantime, don’t miss out on these new features: update or go PRO.

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We’ve all heard of content marketing! It’s the idea behind using content to improve your SEO, boost your traffic, build your relationship with your audience … you get the idea. But what is visual content marketing? And how can it help you?

What is Visual Content Marketing?
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Use photos, graphs and other visual content to make a statement.

This form of content marketing makes use of images, video or other visual aids to convey information about your topic or your business.

You can use a variety of visuals to improve your content. We’ll go into more detail about this later on, but to give you an idea, you could use infographics, photos, cartoons, gifs and so on. Any image or graphic that contributes to your content can help your content marketing.

Why? Because people generally respond better to visuals. They remember more of what they see, rather than what they read or hear. If you think of a well-known brand (Twitter, for example) do you think of the word or the logo first? Odds are, your mind sees the little blue bird Twitter icon. Or take an infographic – if it’s relevant, people will take the time to examine this rather than read the corresponding text.

Hubspot recently took a look at some of the 2018 stats for visual content marketing. Apart from finding that infographics engaged visitors for longer, they also discovered that videos and visuals are being used increasingly as a form of marketing. People respond better to, and are more successful with visual instructions or directions. (How-to videos or step-by-step photos are a good way to make this work for you.)

They also found that mobile is a factor! Your audience is using tablets or phones to view your content. So if you want to keep them (and the search engines) happy, you need to ensure that your photo, video and gallery plugins are mobile-friendly.

Benefits of Image-Rich Content

Using images has a few more advantages. We know that Search Engines think long-form content is preferable to short content. The time someone spends on your page also factors into the mystical algorithm for search engine ranking. But people no longer want (or have time) to wade through lengthy paragraphs and posts thousands of words long.

This is where your visuals can help. They break up the content into easily-digestible nuggets, aiding you in retaining your audiences’ attention. They help people understand and process the content. And they improve the readability of a text. All of this makes it easier for people to continue reading, which keeps them on the page for longer.

Images can also be used to improve your image SEO. If you use appropriate titles and Alt text you can help search engines ‘see’ your images. This is a great strategy to get ranked in Google’s Image Search.

Implementing Your Visual Content Marketing Strategy

So we’ve established that you need to use visual content if you really want to get ranked, grab your readers’ attention and make an impact with your content. Now the question is ‘How?’

There are lots of different types of visual content. These include photos or graphics, videos, gifs, screenshots, infographics and logos. Part of your strategy should be to use a creative mix of these. You also need to consider how you present your visuals.

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Using a variety and mix of images and videos can create more dynamic, interesting content. If you’re always using comic gifs, for example, your content may start to feel a bit too flippant and lose its appeal. Too many infographics, on the other hand, could feel overwhelming or intimidating.

You may be thinking ‘But where will I get a variety of images?’ There are plenty of options available to you, and some won’t cost you anything. If you’re looking for good-quality photos, try Unsplash or Pixabay – you can find all sorts of interesting photos for free; just remember to credit the photographer. Try to avoid the standard, cliched stock images and go for something meaningful and attention-grabbing instead.

Need a graphic? You can hire a designer, but there are also places where you can design your own. Canva is a great option – you can create a variety of graphics, it gives you size recommendations and it’s easy to use. You can even create your own logo.

It’s best, where possible, to use your own material. It makes your content more real and appealing, and means you can avoid any pesky copyright issues. But make sure the quality is of a high standard.

Choose relevant visual content. In order for audiences to be engaged and to stay engaged, the visuals need to mean something. If they don’t relate to your content, no matter how high-quality or entertaining they are, they’re not going to help your cause.

Presentation Is Key

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How you choose to display your images is of critical importance. That may sound a bit dramatic. And sure, if you’re just adding a photo to a post, you can simply add it from your Media Library without going to too much fuss. But if you’re using a lightbox to open image thumbnails, if you’re using video, if you’re including a photo gallery, then presentation matters.

Let’s say, for example, that you run a travel website. You want to entice your customers to purchase an all-inclusive trip to Bali. Small images stuffed into a cramped gallery aren’t going to work, regardless of the wording you use or offer on hand. You want big, bright images that capture the essence of the place and portray what your content is talking about.

A WordPress photo gallery like FooGallery will allow you to do all this. In the gallery below, you can click on the images to see a full size photo. The images open in FooBox, a lightbox that opens above the gallery, allowing your users to truly appreciate the images (and to really want to go to Bali).

With FooGallery PRO you can even add video. We found the video in this gallery on YouTube (using the super-easy import tool built into FooGallery PRO) but you can include your own videos just as easily.

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Whether you’re using photos and graphics, or galleries and video, it’s important to pay attention to how they are displayed. If you’re creating a step-by-step gallery, something like the FooGallery Image Viewer (see the gallery under Choosing your Visuals) or Slider PRO gallery displays slightly bigger thumbnail images with captions on your page.

Someone running a boutique clothing store may prefer to use a Responsive Image Gallery to display their stock online. Alternatively, a Single Thumbnail gallery is a good option. Take a look at the first image / gallery in this post. It’s a single image, but once you click on it, it opens in a lightbox. You can also add more images to the gallery – only the single thumbnail shows on the page, but once you open the gallery, you can scroll through the others.

Some Final Thoughts

Visual content marketing is no longer something that can be ignored. So it’s important to use images throughout your content. But you need to carefully consider the types of visual content you use. In other words, your visuals should support and reinforce your wording, or they’ll leave your audience confused and disinterested.

Equally important is the way in which you present your visual content. Your presentation needs to serve a function – it too needs to support your content and improve the readability. FooGallery and FooBox are versatile enough to help you do this. Both FooGallery and FooBox are also responsive – something you need to consider in your efforts to maintain a mobile-friendly site.

Download FooGallery for free or get started with FooGallery PRO now.

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FooGallery is a responsive photo gallery. But what does that mean? And what else do you need to know about this WordPress plugin? We’ve put together some important details for you.

What is FooGallery?
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FooGallery is a responsive WordPress photo gallery plugin. Here’s a break down of just what that means.

FooGallery is a photo gallery. It allows you to create beautiful galleries on your WordPress site. You can upload photos, media files, and even videos, and use all of these to build your galleries. It’s quick to customise and the PRO version offers you more advanced settings and preset templates.

Best of all, FooGallery is responsive. It adjusts automatically to fit the device from which it is being seen, whether this is a computer, mobile phone or tablet.

FooGallery is a WordPress plugin. It’s quick to install and easy to use on your WordPress site. We’ve made sure that it is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and Gutenberg. This means FooGallery will work when you update your site. Plus you can find the FooGallery block in the Gutenberg editor.

Does FooGallery Include Video?

Yes! FooGallery PRO gives you the ability to import videos into your gallery. You can create a video gallery or combine video and images in a single gallery. This is a great option for anyone wanting to boost their website traffic with the use of video.

The import tool makes it easy to pull in videos hosted on YouTube, Daily Motion or Vimeo, to name just a few. You can also import videos from your Facebook feed. This means that you don’t need to host the videos on your site, cutting down on bandwidth and avoiding slow page load speed.

Why do you need FooGallery?

If you need to create a photo gallery on your site, then you need FooGallery. This plugin focuses on displaying your images to their best advantage. It’s a versatile plugin that lets you create a gallery that suits your needs and showcases your images.

More than this, though, FooGallery can help improve your SEO. As it is responsive, adjusting to fit the screen from which the gallery is being viewed, FooGallery helps ensure that your site is mobile-friendly. These days, more than half of internet traffic comes from mobile-devices and search engines are sure to factor this in when ranking your pages. Plus, galleries that aren’t responsive are just plain frustrating for mobile-users.

FooGallery works best with a lightbox plugin, like FooBox. This allows users to open the images in a responsive lightbox above the gallery. This is useful because your visitors don’t have to navigate away from the gallery page in order to view the full size images.

Who is FooGallery designed for?

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Everyone! Well, everyone who needs a photo gallery on their website. It’s even easy enough for complete WordPress noobs to use FooGallery.

But really, it’s designed for people like photographers or bloggers. It’s also a great fit for anyone focusing on content marketing. In other words, it’s ideal for those who need to display a lot of photos or videos on their pages.

Features like albums, filtering and pagination make FooGallery an ideal choice for anyone with an image-heavy site. They allow users to find the images they’re looking for quickly and easily. So if you use a lot of photos and videos, no matter what your profession or interests, then FooGallery is for you.

What do I get with the Free Version?

FooGallery Free comes with everything you need to create beautiful galleries. But if you want extra features, FooGallery PRO might be a better option for you.

With FooGallery Free, you can add images to your gallery. You can select a template, such as the Reponsive Image Gallery or the Masonry Image Gallery. From here you can adjust the thumbnail settings, choose what captions to display, tweak the hover icon and so on.

FooGallery PRO however, gives you a bit more versatility along with additional features and gallery templates. PRO includes three extra templates. You get advanced pagination options. There are more effects along with some beautiful hover presets. Plus, you get features like filtering and bulk copy.

One of the most significant additions to FooGallery PRO is video. With the PRO version you are able to import videos to your gallery, from various sources including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. You can add photos alongside videos as well.

And remember, if there is a feature that you’re looking for, but we don’t have it yet, you can add it to our public Trello board. That way we know what’s important to you, and we can get working on it!

What if I buy PRO and I don’t like it?

We’re confident that you will! But if it isn’t what you’re looking for, we have a ‘No-Questions-Asked’ refund policy. If you’re not happy with FooGallery after 1 week you can get a full refund.

We also have a 7-day free trail period. That way, if you’re not sure FooGallery is for you, simply use it for a week and see what you think. To start your free trial today, simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Download the latest free version (1.6.15)
  2. In your dashboard, goto FooGallery -> Help -> Free Trial tab
  3. Click the button to start your free trial
  4. Follow the prompts to download and activate the premium version
Ready to get started?

Put FooGallery to the test! You can download the free version now, try out FooGallery PRO with the free trial period, or upgrade to PRO now.

We also have bundles! You can get FooGallery Pro and FooBox PRO together, which is a saving of up to 40%.

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Are you a photographer? Do you have a WordPress site? Here are 13 free photography plugins for WordPress that you should be using. These are geared towards optimizing your site’s performance and your business, while ensuring your customers see your photos in the best light possible.

We’ve checked out these plugins on WordPress.org and they’ve all been updated within the last few months. They all come with a good rating and they’re compatible with WordPress 5.0.3.

Gallery & Lightbox

Every photography site needs a gallery. FooGallery is an ideal solution, particularly because it eliminates the need for so many other plugins. FooGallery comes with a number of gallery templates, along with hover effects and various caption settings. You can also adjust the size and appearance of your thumbnails.

FooGallery is free, but there is a Pro version with more advanced features and settings. Photographers will enjoy using the Slider PRO gallery template. Advanced pagination options are especially useful if you have a large database of images. FooGallery PRO also includes Albums, plus you can add Media Tags and Categories, allowing users to filter the galleries from the frontend.

FooGallery is designed to work with FooBox, a responsive media lightbox. This is a free plugin that opens your images in a lightbox above the gallery page, allowing users to scroll through your full size images without navigating away from the page. FooBox PRO has the added advantage of social sharing, along with more advanced theme settings and navigation.

Image Optimization

As a photographer, you’ll have a large number of images on your site. Naturally, you want your photos to look good. But large images can slow down your site, meaning slower page load times and frustrated customers. The solution? An image optimization plugin.

Imagify offers three levels of image compression, while maintaining image quality. Photos are automatically optimized, meaning you don’t need to resize before uploading. Photos can be backed up so you can restore to the originals at any time. Imagify offers free optimization for up to 25MB. Thereafter you can look at one of their plans.

ShortPixel Image Optimization offers lossy and lossless image compression, and glossy JPEG compression, which results in high-quality compressed images. This plugin allows you to bulk-compress existing images and PDFs and automatically resizes new images. You can restore original images, test lossy vs lossless compression and do a whole lot more. Optimize up to 100 images for free, or take a look at the pricing plan for more options.

With over a million active installations, Smush is a popular choice for image optimization. The lossless compression strips unused data from the image without compromising image quality. Plus you can compress any image in any directory. You can Bulk Smush up to 50 images. Smush then automatically optimizes images up to 1MB, for free. For larger image compressions you will need to look at the Pro version.

Site Optimization

Any WordPress site can benefit from plugins that optimize performance. As a photographer, though, you’ll need to pay particular attention to how your site is running. It’s a given that you’ll have a large volume of images, but you don’t want this to impact on user experience or search engine ranking.

Yoast SEO is a great tool for improving the SEO and readability of your content. You can also use Yoast tools to add a sitemap, improve site breadcrumbs and add meta descriptions. Yoast is also frequently updated to work with Google’s algorithm, meaning the feedback you get for your SEO and readability is current. The free version is more than adequate, but you can also check out the Pro features here.

MonsterInsights is another must for ensuring your site is performing as it should. This plugin connects your site to Google Analytics, allowing you to monitor your performance from a report generated within WordPress. This gives you stats on your audience, the devices they’re using and where your traffic is coming from. Based on this you can make data-driven decisions to improve your performance. The free plugin works well, but for features like a dashboard report, you’ll need to go Pro.

WP Super Cache serves static HTML files to your users rather than the heavier WordPress PHP scripts. These cached files can be served repeatedly, which can help cut down on your bandwidth expenses and improve your site’s speed. WP Super Cache allows you to preload cached files. You’re also able to clean your cache by adjusting the Garbage Collection settings. The plugin is available for free on WordPress.org

Commerce

If you’re using your WordPress site to sell your images online, then you’ll need to make use of a commerce plugin.

WooCommerce is the popular choice. It’s been built to integrate with WordPress and allows you to sell digital goods and downloads. There are free and paid extensions that you can use to customize the plugin. And best of all, it provides a safe, secure way for you to handle transactions online. You can get the free version to start, and add extensions as you need them.

As your products are more than likely digital, Easy Digital Downloads is another good option for selling your photographs. Paypal Standard and Amazon Payments have been built into the core of this plugin, but other payment methods can be added through free or paid extensions. There are plenty of extensions as well, allowing you to customize and adapt for your needs. Plus you can track activity and get reports.

Customer Communication

Being able to communicate with your customers is an important part of any business, especially if you rely on bookings or customer feedback. Here are some options that can help.

WPForms is a drag and drop contact form plugin. You can use this plugin to create all sorts of forms quickly and easily, from Contact forms to Payments and subscriptions. There are pre-built forms to help save you time, plus the forms are all responsive. WPForms Lite is available on WordPress.org for free, but if you need additional features you can look into one of the paid plans.

Booking Calendar is an easy-to-use plugin that allows you to set up booking schedules on your WordPress site. This is a handy tool for scheduling photo shoots, and can save you a lot of hassle. The plugin is responsive and comes with various settings and formats. You can set up notification emails, add filters and more. The free version offers unlimited calendars, or you can upgrade to Pro for even more features.

Picu is a great plugin if you need to get customers to approve photos. It takes the process online. You simply create a gallery and send a link to your customer, who can then select or approve the photos she likes. The plugin is simple to use, and eliminates the need for tedious back and forth emails between you and your customer. Picu is free on WordPress.org, but the Pro version includes additional features.

Final thoughts…

You’ll find plenty of photography plugins for WordPress which can help you improve your site’s performance. Choose the ones that work for you and that make a difference to your business.

Just remember to look at when each plugin was last updated, and with which version of WordPress it is compatible. If you still can’t decide, look at the user ratings and see what others have to say.

Here’s the list of these photography plugins for WordPress one more time:

  1. FooGallery – Create beautiful photo (and video) galleries in WordPress
  2. FooBox – A lightbox plugin that works out-of-the-box
  3. Imagify – Optimize your images with three levels of image compression
  4. ShortPixel Image Optimization – Use lossy or lossless image compression
  5. Smush – Lossless compression lets you keep your image quality
  6. Yoast SEO – Improve the SEO and readability of your content
  7. MonsterInsights – Connect your site to Google Analytics
  8. WP Super Cache – Cut down on your bandwidth expenses and improve your site’s speed
  9. WooCommerce – Sell digital goods and downloads
  10. Easy Digital Downloads – Sell your photographs online
  11. WPForms – A drag and drop contact form plugin
  12. Booking Calendar – Set up booking schedules on your WordPress site
  13. Picu – Let customers to approve photos easily

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2019 promises to be a year filled with exciting developments for FooPlugins! This year, we’re planning on bringing you a few of the features you’ve been asking for, along with some other cool stuff.

Here’s a look at what FooPlugins has planned for the year ahead:

A Foo Theme

Our goal has always been to showcase FooGallery and FooBox through our website. What better way to do this than develop our own theme?

FooPlugins is working on a theme that will work effectively with Gutenberg. It will focus on selling digital products and will include blocks for Features, Testimonials and Pricing Tables, just to name a few.

FooPlugins will also be introducing a blocks plugin with the new theme. FooGallery and FooBox already work with Gutenberg, but the plan is to introduce a more diverse range of blocks that can be used with the theme (or by themselves).

So keep an eye out for these additions to the FooPlugin’s offering.

FooBar

This plugin has been around for a while. In fact, it was one of the original FooPlugins. But we’re rebuilding and repackaging it to make it fresh and relevant for 2019.

So what can you expect from FooBar? As the name suggests, it’s a notification bar plugin. But oh, so much more than just that. It comes with a bunch of great features including preset templates for different types of notifications, unlimited notification bars for your site, plus rules for notifications determining when they show.

Make sure you stay tuned to find out when this is happening. You don’t want to miss out on this one!

FooGallery Addons

We’ve spent a lot of time building amazing features into FooGallery, and especially into the PRO version. But there have been requests for additional features which, we feel, aren’t all that mainstream. We could build them into PRO, but that would mean an increase in our prices, for something you don’t necessarily want.

Enter FooPlugins Addons!

We’re working on a few ideas that will give your galleries the competitive edge. And if one of these is a feature you need, you can simply get the Addon.

There are three in the pipeline for 2019 so far, namely White Labelling, eCommerce and User-Generated Galleries. If you’re looking for something else, please let us know.

Tell Us What You Want

Like the sound of these additions, but have some suggestion? Maybe you’re looking for something more? Or different? Tell us!

We’ve set up a public Trello board where you can share your suggestions, requests and appeals. Let us know what feature you would like added or improved. Tell us what your dream addon would be.

We’re looking for new ways to advance and improve FooGallery and FooBox and your suggestions are invaluable. Keep in mind that we’ll be working on the more popular feature or Addon requests first. But if you’re thinking it, you can bet someone else is as well. So please share and keep the ideas coming in.

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Christmas is here, and this year we wanted to say thank you to all of you. FooPlugins wouldn’t be what it is without your loyalty and support. You’re the reason we can improve on our product offering.

Every day, we get suggestions on how to improve or ideas on what we can fix and make better. Without that, we wouldn’t be able to grow and improve on what we deliver to you. So we have you to thank for making FooGallery and FooBox what it is today!

2018 in a Nutshell

This year, we have worked hard to give you what you’ve asked for. Most significantly, we have added video to FooGallery PRO. This change meant that our PRO customers only needed one plugin instead of two.

We’ve added more features and templates. We’ve made sure our plugins are Gutenberg-ready. And we’ve worked hard on improving the support we offer.

Why? Because you matter to us. We’ve tried to deliver a superior product, with good support, wherever possible. We’ll continue to strive to meet your needs and new challenges in the coming year (and beyond).

A Time for Giving

At this time of year, we all take stock of how far we have come, what we have accomplished, and how far we still need to go. We realise that without you guys, our customers, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish nearly as much as we would like.

So from us to you, a very big THANK YOU!

And to show you how much we appreciate you, we’re offering you a Christmas special. In fact, we’ve teamed up with a few other special people to make your WordPress Christmas even better.

7 Days of Christmas

From 17 to 23 December, we’re offering you special deals on select WordPress products. We’ve got deals on themes, plugins and more. Each day, we’ll be running a new special. Simply check back here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to see the daily special.

So Happy Holidays. All of us at FooPlugins wish you and your families a safe and relaxing holiday season. We can’t wait to see you back in 2019!

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Want to capture the attention of your audience? Then a WordPress Video Plugin is the answer. Video is versatile and it is popular. And a video plugin makes your life a whole lot easier.

Wordstream shares some interesting numbers, saying that one-third of online activity is spent watching video. YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have all seen a rise in the amount of video watched. More people are using video to engage their users. 

So if you’re not using video yet, it’s a safe bet that you will be in the future. For a WordPress site, the easiest solution for you is a WordPress Video Plugin. This is where FooGallery PRO comes in. 

FooGallery PRO and Video

FooGallery PRO now comes with video functionality built in – have a look at the demos here. You can create a gallery with both images and videos, or only videos. You can also create a gallery with a single item which is a video and then showcase that video on a page or post.

Video Galleries

All of the FooGallery templates work with video. With FooGallery PRO you can select the template that works best for you, and import your videos. If you’re using images and video, then choose a gallery that works with both. 

If you’re just using the gallery for video, though, the Slider PRO template is ideal. It displays the videos on the page, and includes tabs for other videos in the gallery on the side or bottom. Here’s a quick look at how the Slider PRO template looks with videos. 

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  Importing Videos

FooGallery allows you to import videos from multiple sources including:

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • DailyMotion
  • Facebook
  • Self-hosted

You can import a video simply by pasting the URL to the video from the different channels that are supported. You can also easily search for videos on YouTube by typing in a keyword.

To import videos into a gallery, click the Add Media button and then click on the Import Video tab. You can then simply paste in a URL, or type in a keyword to search YouTube.

You can also upload a self hosted video into your media library, which you can then add to your video gallery. But it is preferable to load videos from a YouTube, Vimeo or DailyMotion channel. This will save on hosting space for your site and reduce bandwidth costs, not to mention improve your page load time. You also then have another channel (on the video site) from which you can drive traffic.

Gutenberg-Ready

FooGallery is ready for Gutenberg, which means that you can preview your video galleries directly inside the new block editor. You can see exactly how your videos will look before you publish your posts or pages.

FooGallery PRO is a Video Plugin

FooGallery PRO comes with a range of settings and features specific to creating amazing galleries with video content. If you a want to create amazing galleries that showcase videos, then FooGallery PRO is the right choice.

 Try FooGallery PRO for yourself.

You can read more on how to use the video features here.

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FooPlugins has recently introduced Bundles. With these you can get FooBox PRO and FooGallery PRO together, while saving up to 40%. Here’s what you need to know about the FooPlugins Bundles. 

FooBox PRO

FooBox is a responsive image lightbox. This allows you to open photos, videos or html content in a box above your webpage. You can click on the below image thumbnail to see it in action. 

FooBox PRO comes with the added advantage of themes. These allow you to customize the appearance of the lightbox. You can select the Rounded, Metro or Flat theme and adjust the color settings. FooBox PRO also gives you more versatility of design when it comes to the navigation arrows, icons and animations. 

FooGallery PRO

FooGallery is a WordPress media gallery. The free version comes with a selection of gallery templates, all of which can be customised to suit your needs. You can see how awesome FooGallery really is when you look at these demos

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You can adjust the size and appearance of the thumbnails, select which wording shows as your caption and description, and change the hover effects. The settings also allow you to select icons, add paging and plenty more. 

FooGallery PRO comes with all of this, as well as additional themes, features and settings. There are three PRO templates. You can choose from a selection of preset hover effects. You have more choice when it comes to paging and loaded effects. You also get bonus features like filtering and a bulk copy function

FooGallery PRO also comes with Video. This feature means you can create video galleries, or you can combine videos and photos in the same gallery. You’re able to import videos from various video-hosting sites, including YouTube, DailyMotion and Vimeo. You can even import videos from Facebook. 

Using FooBox With FooGallery

These plugins have been designed to work together. FooGallery displays the thumbnails which then open to full size images in FooBox. The look and feel of the plugins complement one another, lending a smoother, more professional quality to your images and your website.

There are, of course, other benefits to using FooBox and FooGallery together. Both plugins are continually being developed, so you know that if one gets updated, the other one will follow suit. Plus, your support is in one place. If you log a ticket, a FooPlugins developer can check that both FooBox and FooGallery are working as they should. 

FooPlugins Bundles Make Sense

Instead of using two unrelated plugins, it makes sense to use FooBox and FooGallery together. It also makes sense to go PRO with both. The added flexibility this allows means you will be able to create unique, professional galleries on your site. 

You have a choice of FooPlugins bundles, so you can select the one that works best for you. Choose from the Personal (for one site), the Professional (for five sites) or the Business bundle (for 25 sites). Each is available as an annual or lifetime license and all come with premium support and software updates. 

What are you waiting for? Choose the FooPlugins bundle that works for you.

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