Integrate JQuery Masonry in your WordPress theme

Floating divs can be quite frustrating at times.  When these are added side by side, they usually stack as best as they can but they create gaps.

Leveraging JQuery Masonry can help us achieve a much better layout and it’s integration in a WordPress theme is pretty easy. If you’re not familiar with this technique, jQuery masonry allows you to flow blocks of content similarly to a mason wall. It’s pretty neat and there are many great WordPress themes that incorporate it.

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Build a custom image slider on your home page using built-in WordPress functions

Image sliders are quite popular and add a nice visual element to any website. You could use a plugin to add one to your site, but wordPress has all of the functionality built-in for you to integrate one in any theme of your liking. If you’re a theme developer, you’ll want to follow along and add this code snippets to your collection.

I recently created a site for my colleague and very good friend Barbara. You’ll see that her home page has a very simpler slider. If we ignore the header, sidebar and footer, this page is very simple. In the following tutorial, I’ll walk you through each step and show you how to integrate a slider like this.
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How to use Slimbox plugin to display your portfolio in WordPress

If you’ve been following the Bluelime Media website you will know that we’ve partnered with Barbara from BlueCitrus on many occasions to develop websites and as the saying goes, “The son of the cobbler has no shoes“, the BlueCitrus website was in need of a facelift. My latest teaching gig at Langara provided me with the opportunity to design and develop a WordPress site for Barbara. The goal of the class was to teach the students how to use WordPress to create a portfolio. So building a site for Barbara was the perfect project.

Barbara laid the ground work and designed the header, navigation and gave me a good indication of how she wanted the site to work, but I was given carte blanche on how to make the portfolio work. After looking at numerous portfolio examples, I came across the stunning work of Koldo Barroso. Koldo’s illustrations are simply marvelous and I could look at them all day. His portfolio section is simple, yet very elegant. On closer examination of his site, I noticed that he uses Slimbox to display his gallery pieces which is just a slimmed down version of the original Lightbox.

A few clicks later, I read a few tutorials on how to use Slimbox and decided to use it to build it Barbara’s portfolio section. If you’re familiar with WordPress plugins, you’ll know that beyond how to install and activate, instructions are usually fairly slim when it comes to how to use them. Since I just finished the site and the steps I took are still fresh in my mind, I thought I’d walk you through on how to set your own gallery using the Slimbox Plugin.

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