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!
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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:
- A Page Flip Book – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wppageflip/
Live Demo: http://www.pageflipbook.com/
- WordPress Flash Page Flip – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-flash-page-flip
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.