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WordPress Wednesdays–Flipping over Page Flip Plugins

I’ve always really liked the effect of pages flipping on the web.  Used to be that these were super expensive, requiring a designer and flash programmer to produce. We’ve come a long way, baby, and there are some great (FREE) WordPress plugins that let you add this effect to your site. If an image is worth a thousand words, this video probably does a much better job than I can!

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As with anything, there are pros and cons, but as long as you use these in the right place, at the right time, they add a really stunning effect to your site.

Pros:

  • looks really cool
  • gives a nice interactive element to the page
  • great for showing preview of books or printed content
  • can be used to break up long text areas

Cons:

  • can cause accessibility problems for screen readers, or visitors with navigation limitations
  • some visitors may not find it intuitive
  • can be slow loading
  • not indexable by search engines
  • requires javascript which some visitors may not have or use (up to 6-7%)
  • may not display well (or at all) using mobile devices

My favourite plugin (and the one I’ve used above is):

Page Flip Image Gallery

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/page-flip-image-gallery/
This is a great version of this tool.  It is free, but contains a small copyright linking back to the providers site.  You can purchase a paid subscription for around $50 to remove this link.

There are tons of settings:

  • width and height
  • background colour & image
  • page colour
  •  option for hardcover book, thickness of pages, speed of movement
  • customized sound for pages flipping
  • multiple photo page layouts
  • and lots more

If this plug-in doesn’t offer exactly what you need, you may also wish to have a look at:

If getting this going on your site seems daunting, please give us a call.  We’re happy to help with plug-in installation and set-up, sourcing imagery, lay-out, and loading your content.

Lastly, leave a comment below, let me know if there are any cool effects you’ve always liked online, and I’ll see if I can find you some WordPress solutions in future weeks.

2 Responses to WordPress Wednesdays–Flipping over Page Flip Plugins

  1. gupsybees1984 says:

    I use wp 'Choco. Is there anything that will turn that theme into a book?

  2. AWEBthatWORKS says:

    @gupsybees1984 – You should be able to use these plugins inside any of the pages of your site. Actually animating the ChocoTheme to look like book pages turning would require some custom graphics and programming.

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