Wordpress plugin recommendation: Featured Content Gallery

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Real Estate Broker Owner with St. Louis Real Estate Society

I have been using Wordpress for my blog going on two years now. In that time, I have learned a lot and had more than a few overhauls on my blog. I have been using a "magazin style" layout for my blog since I started it. I always figured it was more user-friendly those people who aren't familiar with blogs. But I was never satisfied.

I implememnted various upgrades over the following two years, but never found my comfort zone. Until now. Over the weekend I decided to go to a more traditional blog layout, but also keep a graphic laiden entry point for eye candy. Trying to model it somewhere along the lines of sites like CNet or IGN, I ended up using a Wordpress plugin called "Featured Content Gallery."

This plugin sets up a sideshow gallery for my featured stories, including thumbnails and descriptions. It took a while, but using this plugin and a little bit of custom programming, I have created an interface I can finaly be happy with. I still have a few tweaks to make to my post footers, sidebar and loading times, but I am quite happy.

I just wanted to share this plugin with anyone who is looking to impletment something a little different on their site. You can download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/featured-content-gallery/.

If you'd like to see an example of this plugin in action, please check out my blog: St. Louis Investment Realty

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Matt Kastner
Multi-family Real Estate, Broker - St. Louis City
St. Louis Real Estate Society

I use a self-hosted format via wordpress.org, not the wordpress.com model. If you are going to use wordpress, there is no other way. As for theme, I started off a little over two years ago withe the Revolution theme. That project is now part of the the Studiopress family of themes.

I have done so much tweaking to the theme though, that now it is really totally custom. Going that route has had it's go and bad sides, but for most people I would recommend finding a premade theme and just go with it. Studiopress might be a good place to start. I have no experience with Wordpress before using their them and was able to figure everyhitng out from there. Hope this helps.

April 07, 2010 09:20 AM
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Billie Hillier
Savvy Home Realty Solutions
Hillier Real Estate

StudioPress is one of the best theme builders. Their coding is great! I love the lifestyle theme and streamline

April 11, 2010 05:32 PM
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James Chai
Real Estate Marketing
AGENT Labs

Studiopress puts out some GREAT themes (like AgentPress) but have you seen these other Real Estate specific themes?  Worth checking out!

August 23, 2010 02:50 PM
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Matt Kastner
Multi-family Real Estate, Broker - St. Louis City
St. Louis Real Estate Society

Been having some problems with the Featured Content Gallery plugin lately. Apparently it is coded in a way that can conflict with other Wordpress plugins.  If I can't fix these conflicts, I mgiht abandon the plugin, as much as I love the look. If you use it, be sure to make sure it isn't slowing down your blog. 

January 14, 2011 08:19 PM
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Adrian Willanger
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Matt, I've got a little too much white space on one of my sites the plugin should take care of that.

March 31, 2011 06:00 PM
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