Spinning Wheels

It’s been a rather frustrating day here in Websterland. There is a plug-in for WordPress called WordPress Fancy Zoom that will allow readers to click on a “thumbnail” photo and open up a larger picture, precisely what I was trying to do with my landscape pictures.

When you read the directions it sounds like it ought to be quite simple to set this up. So simple that I spent over 8 hours trying to do it today with absolutely no luck, and very little idea what the problem is.

I’m beginning to wonder if the fact that I link to images outside the WordPress set up is what’s keeping the plug in from working properly. Unfortunately, I’ve have no luck trying to move images inside the WordPress folder. When I tried to upload them directly through WordPress it said that it couldn’t write to the server — suggesting that permissions are wrong. And that wouldn’t be surprising since I’ve had the problem before.

Anyway, I’m back to where I was this morning, though considerably more frustrated than I was at the beginning of the day. Hopefully if a reader of this blog has used this plug in they could offer me some suggestions. What I’d like to see is the HTML code that’s used to activate the zoom function. Until I get that right, I doubt I’ll be able to figure out if the plugin was installed correctly.

3 thoughts on “Spinning Wheels

  1. I do not know why they make this so difficult on WordPress. It is so simple on Blogger. I love your blog by the way and have been delving into it for years, even using it in my English classes. Your photos deserve to be seen full screen!

  2. I don’t really have a problem with WordPress, Peter. I started blogging with blogger and found that it didn’t do all the things I wanted it to do so I switched to Typepad and eventually to WordPress.

    Overall, I’ve been happiest with WordPress, but I suspect it also requires the most knowledge and skill to maintain.

  3. That is generally what I have heard. Perhaps if I take my blog as far as you have yours(I remember when it was on blogger!)I will feel the urge to move on. Anyhow, the latest photos enlarged beautifully, even across the globe to my spotty internet in Thailand.

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