We added the Image Gallery module to Spike@School in response to our users wanting a more structured and faster way to add image to their site (they used to use a page to do this). You can add an Image Gallery by choosing Image Gallery from the Add a New: menu and clicking Add in the Construction Zone. You'll get this page:
It's very simple, just give your gallery a name and a description. I've filled in some sample info here. Once we've clicked Add we'll be taken back to the Construction Zone. Click on your new gallery and you'll get this page:
This is our empty Image Gallery. Galleries can have many Categories in which you store images. Let's make a new category now. A category is just like a gallery in that it just has a name and a description. Once we've made a category and clicked on it we'll get this screen:
Once again, the new image category is empty, so let's upload some images. You can actually upload more than one image at a time by adding them all to a Zip File and uploading that. Our smart programme will unzip the file and add each image separately.
When you click Add you'll get this screen which lets you know that the images are being processed on our server:
If you refresh your browser you should see the images have been added to your category. Once they've been processed you can re-order the images however you want. You can also edit each image to add an optional name and description:
On the front end of your site you can browse the images. Here's the view of the gallery. Each category shows the thumbnail of a random image from within that category:
You can then click on a category to see all the images within it:
To view a full-sized image click on it:
From here you can browse backwards and forwards through the images and even watch all the images in an automatic slideshow!