VideoWall – the best way to easily show a video gallery on your WordPress based website

If you are up to date with our plugin, you are already familiar with its new options and its templates tab.

For those that might not be, we will do a quick introduction.

Since version 1.11, we have added templates, which you can read more about here: WordPress Plugin – Introducing templates

In short, they could be described as an easy way to set up everything in one place and call it in another. In the same time, if you want to make changes to the embedding, there is no need to go into each post and make the changes. All you could do is change that single template and that is it – all done 🙂

Now VideoWall or if you prefer Video Gallery is another base template. It will however (amongst its other parameters) allow you to include other templates within it as well.

So lets dive into the parameters that you will be able to use in your new Video Wall templates.

`video_width and video_height`
These two parameters will allow you to set the width and height of the video in your video wall embedding. They are optional and allow you to fine tune your video wall.
You would set it as you would in embedding so the following would work:

[videowall video_width=360 video_height=240]

`fixed_width and fixed_height`
These two parameters are for video wall. When you use these, you are saying that the wall should take specific width and height, so that will be set for it.
For example if you wanted to set it up so that wall is 800px in width and 500px in height. That is the parameter that should be used.
You would use it like so:

[videowall fixed_width=800 fixed-height=500]

`scalable_width and scalable_height`
They allow you to set up the video gallery (video wall) to have the sizes in percentages.
Yes, that is right, if you are using this setup, the video wall will only take as much as it has available.
This is the best way to set up the same if your design changes depending on resolution or some other factors.

`title`
In case you wanted to show some message above the video wall, that is simple. Just add title parameter and set it up to your liking.

For example, if you wanted to say that you love video walls, you could do something like this:

[videowall title=’I like videos walls’]

`slidewall and show_pages`
If you add _slidewall_ option you are changing the way the wall behaves.

By default _show_pages_ option is set and it will show page numbers indicating how many pages there are and allowing you to click to any of them to switch over. This means that you can easily go from page 1 to page 10.

On the other side, when using _slidewall_ option, your videos are shown in a gallery that can go forward and back through videos using arrows – so people must go through each page from 1st to 5th if that is where they want to go.

Since _show_pages_ parameter is used as default, you do not need to add it, and to switch to _slide_wall_ instead, you would simply add it as so:

[videowall slidewall]

`videos_per_page`
This option allows you to set up your own number of videos per page. It can be any that you wish.

By default we are using 1 per page for _slidewall_ and 2 per page with _show_pages_

[videowall videos_per_page=4]

`on_no_videos`
What happens if there are no videos recorded yet, or no videos that you wish to show? Well that depends on this setting.

With it you can:
1. hide the wall completely using ‘hidewall’ as parameter.
2. Show a message that there are no videos using ‘showmessage’ or
3. set it up to show a template using ‘showtemplate’

[videowall on_no_videos=’hidewall’]

*By default we will try to show a message, so a default one will be used if you do not set your own. As such we suggest setting up your own.

`message`
This parameter accepts the string value that will be shown if _on_no_videos_ is set to ‘showmessage’

[videowall on_no_videos=’showmessage’ message=’This is my message telling you that there are no videos that I can show you right now’]

`template_name`
This parameter is checked when _on_no_videos_ parameter is set to _;showtemplate_ and should be the name of the template itself.

[videowall on_no_videos=’showtemplate’ template_name=’my_recorder’]

`show_videos`
This allows you to select which videos you would like to see. It can load all videos by setting it to ‘all’ or it can show you rejected videos by setting it to ‘rejected’. By default it will always show only ‘approved’ however if you prefer, you can set it up with the same as well.

[videowall show_videos=’approved’]

`autoplay`
This option allows you to run the first video in your wall as soon as the wall loads.

With that, it is easy to simply load the wall and start interacting with your customers right away.

[videowall autoplay]

*If you have 2 or more video walls that are shown on the same page in the same time and have autoplay option turned on, 2 videos will be autoplayed. That is because autoplay option works per video wall, not per page.

`show`
This option, when set, will show you video wall right away on page load. This is useful if you want to use the wall to showcase the videos.

Without it (per defaults) the wall will be hidden until video is submitted. So by default your videos will only be shown to those that leave a new video for you in your comments.

With the above _show_ parameter you change it to be immediately shown instead.

That is it, these are all of the parameters that you can use in your WordPress plugin to showcase your awesome video library in a video gallery or video wall.

Have any suggestions? Feedback? Great, just shoot us an email and let us know.

Author: ZiggeoPublished on: 06/13/2016

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