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Lesson 7 – Part 7 – Questions and Answers

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We’re going to open it up to questions now. Obviously, we have plenty of time for questions so please feel free to ask questions.

I do have a question here from Tom. Good evening Tom, I’ve just unmuted your microphone.

Tom: Good evening.

How to Use Responsive Videos

Rick: So, you want to know something about using video?

Tom: Yes, that’s what I’m planning to do is use video to introduce each section.

Rick: Sure. The first and easy answer is of course, you can use video on pages like this. However, there will be a trick to it in order to make it responsive because that’s the thing you really want to do. If you’re using a responsive theme and if you’re building that to be responsive, you need to make sure that you include responsive elements.

I don’t have any tutorials on my site yet about how to do that because all the information I have about hosting videos or putting videos on your site right now just have a regular website in mind and those plugins don’t create a responsive video image so it essentially breaks the site.

However, in the course of this series I am going to show you how to put responsive video on a page and on the sidebar so that when you are adjusting for different devices, the video itself automatically adjusts.

Tom: Okay, that sounds good.

Rick: But not quite yet. That’ll be in a couple of weeks.

Tom: Okay.

Rick: Is there anything else?

Tom: Is there a way to keep track of various components that you want to switch in and out?

Rick: What do you mean?

Tom: It’s like photographs of your buildings if you have a hundred buildings and you want to change what you’re using. How do you work that out, switching them in?

Rick: I would probably use NextGEN Gallery for that because when we go to set up NextGEN, you’ll see it is possible to configure the NextGEN Gallery so that it displays a set number of images but it does so from a large number of images.

You could have a hundred images in your gallery for a specific building but have this widget only display 20 and you could either pick the 20 you want it to display or you could let it display them randomly. If you wanted to be very specific about it, you’d select them and you could change it out later.

All the images will be uploaded to the site in the galleries and you would just be telling this plugin to display specific images and change it up that way. I probably wouldn’t do that, I probably would just use its ability to randomly select images from a specific gallery. That’s a very specific answer to the question.

We have all kinds of images on our site, Flash screens for videos and things like that so on our site it’s actually confusing because you can see I have 2,179 images in this. I have 2,303 items, that’s images and other kinds of downloadable things.

There is no real easy way to sort through this, if you have to find something, you have to search the media to find it because there isn’t a good way of keeping track or of categorizing or organizing. You can’t categorized images and structure an organization for images and documents in the media library which makes managing or dealing with large number of images very cumbersome.

That maybe something that changes in WordPress but chances are it’s not because they don’t really think of that as being productively valuable.

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  • TXSnowBird November 13, 2013, 11:03 pm

    Hey Rick can you use Pretty links to make a badly organized site looked Organized? Will it help google find as well? Thanks

    • Rick Anderson November 17, 2013, 6:40 am

      No, you can’t fake good organization with pretty permalinks. However, they are VERY important for SEO, so even if the site is poorly organized you should still use pretty permalinks.

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