Changes in WordPress 3.5 and Expression

WordPress 3.5 has been just released – it includes some great new features, such as the new Media management screen in posts and pages, which allows creating galleries not only by using the current page/post attachment images, but the images from the whole Media Library. These major changes in WordPress also lead to changes in the way the images are added in the fullscreen slideshows and grid gallery items in Expression theme.

In the earlier versions of Expression (prior to 1.2.0), the images that were displayed in the fullscreen slideshow pages and gallery slider/lightbox were the images that are attached to the page/item. Image attachments of a post/page are the images that are uploaded from that same post/page. Since version 1.2.0 the theme requires to insert a WordPress gallery into the content of the page/item in order to add images. WordPress 3.5 includes an advanced gallery management interface which allows you to very easily create new galleries from new images and images that are already uploaded to the Media Library and using this functionality into the theme removes the limitation of using images that are attachments to the current page/item.

Updating to version 1.2.0 of Expression

If you have an older version of Expression installed and want to update to version 1.2.0, the gallery will be automatically inserted into the content of the existing slideshow pages and gallery items, so you can continue using and editing them in the new way. For more information about how to update the theme please refer to the “Updates” section of the documentation.

 

Adding images to fullscreen slideshows and gallery items – the new way

Adding images to fullscreen slideshow pages and portfolio items is very easy – all you have to do is to create a gallery and insert it into the content of the page/item. To do this you have to:

1. Click on the “Add Media” button located above the main content editor of the page/portfolio item:

2. Open the “Create Gallery” section. If you would like to upload new images click on the “Upload Files” tab and upload the images. If you would like to add existing Media Library images, click on the “Media Library” tab and select the images you like. After you select the images, click on the “Create a new gallery” button

3. After this when you click on each image in the gallery, in its Caption field you can set a description to it. You can also change the default image order by dragging and dropping the images on different positions.

4. When you finish editing the images Click on the “Insert Gallery” button. This will insert a gallery object into the content section of the portfolio item.

Editing the existing images

To edit the existing images, just click on the gallery object in the content editor of the page/portfolio item and click on the “Edit gallery” button:

Note: Please note that these instructions are also included in the latest version of the documentation, so for more information you can refer to the relevant template section in the documentation.

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