Special page templates and creating photo essays with M Theater

M Theater has extensive image-, video- and audio-handling capabilities and one of the main reasons I created the WordPress Theme, was to give image-makers the ability to tell stories with their photos.

There are many beautiful gallery applications available that will display your images in sequence, with nice transition effects. M Theater takes things a step further. The Theme gives you multiple options for displaying your Media, including:

  1. within standard galleries in your posts or pages
  2. by adding Media directly to Categories and Tagging
  3. and by using one of 2 included Page Templates created especially for Media files

In this blog post, I’m going to talk about how to use those two included Page Templates.

Full Image Library

The first one is called “Full Image Library” and you’ll find it under Page Attributes when creating a new “Page” (not “Post”). This Page Template will instantly display every image file on your website, in a nicely formatted gallery. Simply create your new Page, choose “Full Image Library” as the Page Template, publish it, and your done. The gallery will automatically be created. Currently, this template displays image files only.

Page to Display Category of Media Files

The second Page Template for Media is “Page to Display Category of Media Files,” and it’s also located under your Page Attributes within the edit window. This Page Template gives you the ability to display a Category of Media files.

In order to display a Category:

  1. create your new Page the same way you would normally
  2. under the “Custom Fields” section (usually somewhere under the edit window) create a new field name and call it “my_display_category”
  3. for the value, use the slug of the category you want to display (not the name), such as mywebsite.com/category/my-category-slug, where “my-category-slug” is the slug
  4. publish your page as normal

The new gallery that’s created will be in a “paged” format, which also displays the media file’s description and other details. You can see the format in an example HERE.

Click Here to see a standard Category display with images.