Photonic started out as a shortcode-based plugin. While the basis of the plugin has always been the tweaking of a shortcode, it can get challenging to remember all the different parameters of the shortcode. So Photonic offers you multiple ways out.
Photonic supports multiple sources for photos, but most of them have some prerequisites:
- WordPress – no prerequisites; proceed to the next section
- Google Photos
- Zenfolio – no prerequisites; proceed to the next section
- Authentication required – see here for instructions
Gallery Creation: Pre-Gutenberg (< WP 5.0) (🔗)
If you are not using the Gutenberg editor and are sticking to the Classic Editor, you get to see this at the top of each post:
Gallery Builder Wizard (🔗)
If you click on “Add / Edit Photonic Gallery“, it launches an interactive wizard where you can choose what type of gallery you want to show.
Subsequent screens are generated based on your selections on the initial screens.
Vanilla Editor (🔗)
If you click on the “Add Media” button, you are shown the traditional gallery interface with an additional tab for “Photonic”:
Gallery Creation: Gutenberg and Beyond (≥ WP 5.0) (🔗)
Gutenberg is the codename for WordPress’ new editing experience. It dispenses with traditional constructs such as shortcodes and introduces “blocks”. Photonic version 2.10 has been written to support Gutenberg, but if you use the “Classic Block” and use the “Convert to Blocks” feature therein you need to take care of a few things, so do read-up here.
When you click on the button to add a new block you are shown one for Photonic:
Once you pick the block you will be taken to the gallery builder wizard.
Photonic in Widgets (🔗)
There are two ways to use Photonic in widgets:
- Enter a shortcode into a text widget by going into the “Text” mode for the widget. Obviously you have to construct the shortcode by hand in this mode:
- Use the built-in Photonic widget to build out your shortcode. Clicking on the Photonic icon launches the wizard for you to build the shortcode:
Working with Page Builders (🔗)
While no specific module has been built for common page builders, you can use the Photonic Widget in Elementor or Beaver Builder.
To use Photonic in Elementor, search for the “Photonic Gallery” widget:
Once you have found it, drag it to the area of your choice. It will open up the widget in the “Elements” window, and you can use the wizard from that point:
- Beaver Builder
Similar to Elementor, the WordPress widget can be used for Beaver Builder:
Once you have found it, drag it to the area of your choice. You will then see the widget to help you start the wizard:
Compatibility for Divi’s page builder has not been built, and compatibility with other page builders has not been tested. But with Elementor, Beaver and Gutenberg about 70% of the page builder market should be covered.