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Pros of Using Slideshow v. 2.0
- Your slideshow will add simple motion to the page with rich, large images.
- Your slideshow will be able to feature table layouts in each slide with multiple images, links, and text elements.
- Your slideshow will work on any mobile device that can display normal web pages, including iPhone and iPad (the Flash version of the slideshow module will not do this).
Cons of Using Slideshow v. 2.0
- You are limited to a simple fade between slides; there are not yet any special versions of this slideshow.
- Your slideshow will lack the 'Wow!' factor present with Flash, with its complex and beautiful visual effects.
- You are limited to using 12 frames.
- The content, especially if you use table layouts, may not be Responsive-friendly.
How to Create Your Slideshow v. 2.0
The first part of this process is identifying the page and area of the page you want your new slideshow to appear. After you have logged into the system and navigated to the proper page, please follow these steps to create your slideshow:
- Log into the system and go to the page you want. In the upper left corner of the page, hover over the + in the triangle and click Add Body Content.
- Click the Add Content link and scroll down until you see the second of the Slideshow modules (Slideshow 2.0). Click the Add button.
- You will see a blank version of the image below. If you want a large slideshow, common dimensions would be 1920 x 480. If your slideshow will not go edge-to-edge the full width of the background, 1170 x 450 is a good size. You should use one of those two widths for your images, but any height you prefer will work just fine, as long as all images in the slideshow are the same. Here is the opening screen of your slideshow:
- After setting your dimensions, you can add images, tables and text as you like to each of the 12 frames. The content of each frame should fit within the dimensions you chose for your slideshow. If it is wider than the Width you chose, part of the right side will be cut off. If it is taller than the Height that you chose, part of the bottom will be cut off. Adding images, tables and text is done the same way as with all of our content editors. For images, you will click on the Insert / Edit Image button. For tables, you will click on the Insert / Edit Table button. For text, type what you like and format as desired.
- If you wish, in the Advanced tab you can configure your slideshow in several ways. Right now, there is only one type of slideshow (Standard), but later our Development team will be adding more.
- You can set the number of seconds each slide will display with the Seconds per Slide drop list. If you have mainly images with no text you should set it to 3 or 5 seconds. If you have text in any frames, you may want somewhere between 5 and 10 seconds for single line text, or longer durations if you have blocks of text to be read.
- You can also add a transparent Overlay over your slideshow. This overlay image can have a decorative border, a seasonal message with graphics, or other special visual appeal and will lay over every frame of the slideshow as it cycles through. If you wish for your overlay to have a border that surrounds your slideshow, you will want your overlay image to be larger than the slideshow itself. It also needs to be a PNG image to allow for transparency. The setup of the overlay is a pretty complex procedure, and we recommend that you give us a call at support so we can walk you through the setup. NOTE: If you add an overlay, images in your slideshow that are linked will no longer be clicked, since the visitor would be clicking the overlay.
Once you have your Slideshow v. 2.0 set up the way you want, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the Save button. If you are uploading several images, it may take a while for the upload to complete, so do not go anywhere else in the system while it is working. Wait for it to finish uploading, and then you will see your slideshow appear on the page.