Foobox is a plugin built by the guys at FooPlugins that allows WordPress users a responsive lightbox effect for images and videos. Not only that, FooBox allows for social sharing too. Here are some of the cool features of FooBox:
- Responsive design
- Works with WordPress galleries
- Ability to customize look and feel
- Social Sharing
- Works with videos
- Allows you to add CSS classes to help make the plugin integrate well with your site’s design
- Option to enable image protection
- Ability to deep link
- Has an option for a slideshow
- Can integrate with Facebook Open Graph or if you are using WordPress SEO by Yoast, it will defer to that plugin’s settings
- By adding a target in linked images, the plugin can deploy the lightbox on single images without having to use the overall site option to force all images to use FooBox
and much more…
This plugin is well built with a lot of options. For some, it may be a lot, but FooBox comes with some documentation to help you set your plugin up to your specifications. I didn’t have much of a problem setting up the plugin on my site. I just caution that you go through all of the options carefully.
I’m actually going to cover some of the option I am using on Blondish.net in order for this plugin to work. I’ve set up my plugin to make sure my WordPress Media Library Galleries use FooBox. On individual posts, I am using the following code in images I have linked to get the lightbox effect:
I’ve taken a screenshot of actual code from an image using this feature:
And, if you click that image above, it will open with the FooBox lightbox effect too. 🙂 Pretty cool, huh?
The FooBox plugin is a premium WordPress plugin that costs $27 per year for a personal license and the cost for businesses or developers (multiple site use) is $97. The license is per year so it covers updates and any support that FooPlugins needs to do.
This plugin is worth the investment if you don’t want to use NextGen Gallery and want to use your WordPress Media Library. It will integrate with the NextGen Gallery, but I’ve found it better to just use alone.
I want to thank the guys at FooPlugins for giving me a copy of FooBox in order to check out their plugin. They were able to answer my questions promptly, even outside their normal business hours. I don’t expect that from all premium WordPress plugin developers, and don’t expect them to do it for everyone, but they are nice gentlemen who know their stuff. It was well worth the time and I recommend it as a nice little investment for most WordPress users that are using images within their posts.
Have you tried FooBox? How did you like it?