Getting started with MaxGalleria is as easy as activating the plugin, loading some images and clicking Publish Once you’ve downloaded the MaxGalleria platform, install it on your WordPress installation. Activate from your ‘Plugins’ page. Next, go to Settings->Permalinks and click the ’Save Changes’ button to add MaxGalleria’s gallery template to your site’s permalinks. Now head to the menu item called Galleries.
If you’d like to use your new gallery in a post or page, you can grab the shortcode in the bottom right of your Gallery Edit page, or use the “Add Gallery” option in the TinyMCE for your post.
From Galleries you have several options. You can go to your Galleries overview page, import a NextGen Gallery into MaxGalleria, adjust your MaxGalleria defaults, or get Support.
For now, let’s take a look at the Galleries page. Once there you can see your entire list of galleries as well as Add New galleries. Click Add New.
When you first get into your Gallery editor you’ll be prompted to select an Image or Video gallery. Currently MaxGalleria does not support galleries with both images and videos in the same gallery. First, create a title for your gallery. In this example we’ll use “My First Gallery.”
Adding Images is the same as in a post or page. Using the standard WordPress media library you can add previously added images or upload new images to your gallery. The larger the image size, the longer it will take to load so be patient as the images are getting loaded in.
Once the images have loaded you could press Publish and be done, or you can check out the other gallery options. We’ll get to those in a moment, but let’s talk about Videos.
Much like Images, to add Videos, just click “Add Videos” and you’ll get a similar lightbox. Straight out of the box you’ll have the ability to add YouTube videos to your gallery by copying and pasting the video URL. You can add multiple videos at a time, one URL per line.
After clicking “Add To Gallery” your gallery will refresh and a thumbnail from the video or videos will appear as your gallery thumbnail images.
Starting with version 4.11 you will see a box suggesting the installation of the Responsive Lightbox plugin by dFactory. Responsive Lightbox contains six scripts including SwipeBox, prettyPhoto, FancyBox, Nivo Lightbox, Image Lightbox, Tos “R” Us.
You can choose to use Responsive Library for your gallery or albums by going to the Options Tab and setting ‘Thumbnail Click Opens’ to ‘Original Image.’
Then scroll down to Lightbox Settings and click the button next to Use dFactory Responsive Lightbox and you are good to go.
With the core of MaxGalleria, you have the Image Tiles gallery ready for use. Below are the basic options available to both Video and Images in the Tile layout:
Magnific Popup Options (Only in the Pro version. These settings apply when Thumbnail Click Opens is set to Lightbox Image.)
Gallery Options – Only in the Pro version. These are only available when the Gallery Enabled option is checked.
For each gallery you can create a description that discusses your gallery or adds extra information for anyone viewing the gallery. If enabled, you can choose to put the description above or below your gallery (default is above).
The import/export feature of MaxGalleria Pro allows one to export one or more image or video galleries from one WordPress website to another. The import/export feature does not export albums.
If used with Media Library Folders or Media Library Folders Pro, note that these plugins are not required, then you would need to ensure that the latest versions of these plugins have been installed: Media Library Folders version 8.1.9 or newer; Media Library Folders Pro version 8.2.5. or newer.
Create A New Export File
A gallery export file can contain any number of galleries with their images and videos. Click the Create New Gallery Export File button to create a new export file. This will display a popup window for selecting one or more galleries and entering an export file name. The first gallery selected will be used as the file name, but this can be changed. After choosing the galleries to export, click the Create button.
Once the export file has been generated, it will appear in the import/export file list, and it can be downloaded by clicking the file’s download icon under the Actions column on the right side of the page.
To upload the export file to another site using MaxGalleria Pro, view the MaxGalleria Pro Import/Export page, click the Upload a Gallery Export File button, and select the file to upload. While the file is uploading, you can cancel the upload.
Note: Export files generated by MaxGalleria will have ‘-mpg’ appended to the end of the file name, and files exported from Media Library Folders Pro will have ‘-mlfp’ appended to the end of their export file names. Media Library Folders Pro export files can not be imported into MaxGalleria and vice versa.
Once the upload has been completed, it will appear in the import/export file list. Click the file Import icon in the Actions column on the right side of the page to import the file contents.
When the import process has been completed, visit each new gallery’s option page, check that the desired options are selected, and click the Update button. Your gallery is now ready to view.
Finally, if the export file is no longer needed, it can be removed by clicking its Delete icon.
From here you can also reset all of the gallery options to the defaults by checking the Reset option. The action cannot be undone and you will lose any previously saved options for that gallery.
Note: If you changes themes be sure that the new theme contains a copy of the file ‘single-maxgallery.php’ which you can find in the MaxGalleria plugin folder.