This effect seems to be becoming a standard. I’ve seen this set of scripts on several sites, allowing a look similar to what can be achieved with straight css, but better for image presentation. It is very effective. The first step in using it was this integration with wordpress…
Lightbox 2 WordPress Plugin is the plugin I found that actually does work out of the box without alteration.
There is a lighter and possibly better version of this effect called slimbox – but the wordpress plug-in fails to just work, unfortunately. ALL of the plugin versions seem to fail. Sigh. Lightbox it is, at least for now.
MORE – I set up a bare-bones test website, with a raw, unhacked version of wordpress, without the css hacking that integrated wordpress, and found that the slimbox plug-in DOES work in that framework. This is good – this gives me a starting point for re-working this. When I developed this site it started with “desire for something better than the previous” to “learning css” to “enamored of css and using css almost exclusively” to “frustrated with hacking css and setting up multiple css files for each kind of page” to “add some kind of weblog software” to “adding wordpress” to “learning php” to “hmmm… what’s this lightbox effect?” to here and now.
The next re-work of the site has several targets/goals:
- 1 to 3 css stylesheets in total – preferably one
- which allows color themes and theme changes with some ease
- lightbox OR slimbox effect in both wordpress and website outside of wordpress
- tighter integration between wordpress and site
- pages rewritten to encompass slimbox/lightbox effect
- form page for contact and/or comment email, including mailing list addition box