How to Make a Slideshow for Mobile Devices

We talk a great deal on this blog about mobile tours and mobile-friendly virtual tours. However, building a slideshow is still one of the most basic needs for web developers and content producers.  In an earlier post, we discussed how to make a slideshow for artist or creative portfolios. Here, let’s look at even more general slideshow capability.

Slideshow Flexibility

How to make a slideshow for a student using an iPad

More content is being consumed on mobile. Here’s how to make a slideshow that meets those new demands. Image copyright: mettus / 123RF Stock Photo.

A simple example of a slideshow is a group of photos that users can navigate. For example, the photos could be of a hotel or conference center. A traveler blogger might want to share the unique sights of a boutique, without a lot of additional details. The hotel or conference center owner might want to provide a simple way for visitors to quickly view images of what the space looks like.

In addition, both may want to provide this information in some kind of logical format, or to have greater control over updating the images frequently.

Slideshows and Mobile Devices

Opening a slideshow from the web in a mobile browser can be an unpredictable experience. For marketers especially, this has complicated the whole idea of delivering a slideshow. Additionally, making images easily accessible on a web site while making the content mobile-friendly requires something other than what the big three (four or five?) social media tools provide.

For example, if you want to upload pictures and make those pictures simultaneously available via public links on your web site as well as to mobile device users, that can be problematic and may require multiple, separate uploads of the same images. That’s painful.

How To Make a Slideshow Easily Using Whitepoint

The Whitepoint framework provides a lot of capabilities that go beyond the basic slideshow. That’s good, because you can grow into it later if you want to simply start with a basic slideshow for now.

For our purposes here, the slides in a slideshow are what we refer to as scenes in Whitepoint. The slideshow itself is what we refer to as a scape.

Basically, when using Whitepoint, you’re uploading photos and naming those photos. You can get fancier – much fancier – later if you want.

How to Make a Slideshow in Whitepoint Authoring

How to make a slideshow in the Whitepoint Authoring Panel: Scenes can be re-ordered with drag and drop.

  • Scenes (slides) can be easily re-ordered using the scene tile layout in Whitepoint’s Authoring Panel. Just drag and drop them.
  • Scenes (slides) can be easily updated at any time – just go to that scene and update the photo.
  • You can link to the slideshow from your web site. A simple code snippet that Whitepoint provides is all that is required.
  • Once the scape (slideshow) is live, your updates push immediately to the free Whitepoint mobile app for Android or iOS. All interested users need to do is download the free app to access it.
  • If the web site link to the scape is provided, updated content pushes immediately to both the app and desktop-based viewer.
  • If a mobile user tries to access the scape via your web site, they will be prompted to download the app if they don’t have it already. They download it once and can access other scapes this way . . . this helps drive new users to your slideshow as well.

A Few Final Tips on How to Make a Slideshow

You’ll want a good overview image to introduce your Whitepoint slideshow – we call this a scape image. It is the image that represents your scape and draws attention to it among lists of other scapes.

You’ll also want a basic introductory sentence or two – a summary for your scape.

Finally, each scene (slide) will need a name.

That’s it – you can be up and running in no time with a very effective slideshow using Whitepoint and accessible from your existing web site.

Get started building your slideshow with Whitepoint today. There are YouTube tutorials on authoring and an easy breakdown of features in our subscription plans with quick subscription setup.

Happy #whitepointing.

Updated July 28, 2016.

Matthew White

Matthew White blogs on all things related to virtual tours, mobile touring, and tour apps as well as how they relate to web design, SEO, and content marketing. There is also of course helpful information on using Whitepoint - the framework for smarter virtual touring and mobile-friendly tours.

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