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Ability to choose whether a photo is/is not shown in the slide show

  1. Baby Expert profile image59
    Baby Expertposted 7 years ago

    I often include a divider line between the sections of my hubs and it would be great to not have these lines be shown when someone clicks on the "see all X photos" option.

    Currently when someone views a slide show of my photos from a hub they stumble across a solid divider line as one of the photos. Yes it is technically a "photo" as it's inserted into the hub with a photo capsule, but no I don't want viewers to view that in the slide show and I suspect hubpages feels the same way. It increases the click-off rates and is just tacky.

    May we be given an option to click a box to disallow that particular photo from showing in the slide show while still having the photo show in the hub itself?

  2. Aficionada profile image89
    Aficionadaposted 7 years ago

    I second this!

    I would also like the option of not having the photos in a slide show at all, because often they work best with the specific text they accompany.  So, if they are all seen at the beginning, in the slide show, they lose some of their impact. - or, so I think, anyway.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Aficionada, remember people don't see the slide show unless they choose to click on the "see all ... photos" link.   Personally, I find only a small number of my visitors click to view the slideshow.

      And it shouldn't be at the beginning of your Hub anyway - not a good idea to start your Hubs with a big photo at the very top.  Some readers won't scroll down to read your content, and you lose the ability to have an ad in prime position in the top right-hand corner.

    2. Lily Rose profile image89
      Lily Roseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You do have this option.  If you are in edit mode of your hub, in the setting tab, toward the bottom you'll see thetitle 'photos' and then you have the option to check or uncheck the box that states: 'Link to a slideshow of the photos in this hub?'   

      Hope that helps!

      1. Marisa Wright profile image98
        Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for reminded me, Lily Rose. I rarely have more than 3 or 4 photos in any Hub so I'd forgotten about that option!

      2. Baby Expert profile image59
        Baby Expertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Lily, that's exactly what I was looking for!

  3. Aficionada profile image89
    Aficionadaposted 7 years ago

    Thanks, Marisa - I think I must have misinterpreted some things I have read about photo placement.  I thought others had said that there should be no photo alongside the first capsule of text (a half-column for each), but that having one up above the first capsule was fine, if someone wants to put one there.  I moved all of the ones that were in the top right-hand corner to other locations, but I can easily change the position of those that are full-column width at the top, and I probably will.

    I've had a lot more people view the slide shows than I would have expected, and that's why I would like to have the option of "slide show or not".  Even if the first photo is lower down in the article (making the entire slide show lower), I still feel that some of the photos lose their impact by being viewed separately from the text they are supposed to accompany.

    It's not a huge issue for me in any case.  But I do like the idea of having the option to make photos a slide show or not, if that is something that can be done.

    1. Marisa Wright profile image98
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not surprised, since the only thing I can see when I open one of your Hubs on my screen is a photo, with "see all ... photos" written on it!   The natural reaction is to click on that, rather than scroll down to find out if there's any text.

      I'm sure if you moved the first photo down so people could see your first paragraph instead, they'd be more focussed on reading what you have to say than viewing your photos.

      If the option to view a slideshow isn't offered until people are already engaged, they're not likely to bother viewing it unless they themselves feel the photos are worth enjoying separately.

      1. Aficionada profile image89
        Aficionadaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Marisa, I appreciate your perspective. I'll get busy moving things around.  Thanks to you, too, Lily Rose. Again, I misunderstood something. I thought that if more than five photos were included, then they automatically appeared in a slide show and had to; previously, when I saw the check-box you mentioned, I thought it referred to an option that is only available for fewer than five photos. I'm so glad you told me this.

  4. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    If it matters, HubPages' platform automatically assigns the slide-show option on hubs that have more than 5 pictures. You will have to manually click on the little box to turn it off, if you have more than 5 pictures.

    If you do not have 5 pictures in the hub, then it will remain unchecked. Something I've noticed.

  5. Aficionada profile image89
    Aficionadaposted 7 years ago

    Thanks, all.  I've started the process of checking out my Hubs, unchecking some boxes and moving pictures.  Since my son has been bumped from the computer for most of the day, I'm going to let him have it now and finish the job tomorrow.

    Good night, all of you.