Wanna CREATE and SHOW OFF some COOL PHOTO SLIDESHOWS in YOUR blog posts? (A COMPREHENSIVE TUTORIAL for ALL my TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED brothers and sisters!)

By
Real Estate Agent with The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

Ever wondered how other bloggers put those COOL photo slideshows in their posts?



 

I bet you thought that it must be
WAY TOO COMPLICATED for YOU to do?



Well...I promise you that it is much easier than you think. It does take a little time, but the end result is so worth the effort.

Yesterday, I posted:  A New Year Video Greeting for ALL OF MY FRIENDS!!  In  my post, I included a photo slideshow (with custom music) that  has over 200 photos. Take a quick peek at it now...and then come right back so I can show you...step-by-step...how I did it.



Step 1:  Go to SLIDE.COM and create your FREE account.


(Click anywhere on the photo to go to SLIDE.COM.)



Step 2:  From the menu bar, click on 'CREATE a SLIDESHOW' to get started.


I then prefer to upload all of my photos before I select my custom slideshow features. You can upload up to 50 images at one time. Once you have uploaded all of your desired images, proceed to Step 3.



Step 3:  Give your slideshow a distinct 'flavor' by either by using one of the preset designs or the available customization tools.


Either way, you will be able to 'try on' different looks until you find the one that suits you just right.

 

Step 4:  SAVE and SHARE your slideshow!

When you click on the green 'SAVE' button...you will see a screen that allows you to name your slideshow and 'tag' friends (if you wish to do so). After you fill in the blanks, you will click on the green 'SAVE Slideshow' button again. When you do, you will see the following screen.

 

(One important trick I learned from 'playing' around is that it is best to choose the very last option 'Can't find what you're looking for? Try here.' The other codes do not translate well to ActiveRain.)

 

Now...go to Step 5 and complete before returning to this screen for the code.

 

 

Step 5:  Create your blog post and insert your COOL PHOTO SLIDESHOW!

This is the best step because you can now show off your creation. Go to your blog and create your new blog post. Once you have your post complete...text and photos...you will be ready to insert your slideshow. Save your post to 'DRAFT'.

 

This next part may be a little tricky for those of you who have never done it before. Just follow me, and you'll be amazed at how easy it truly is.

 

Click on the 'EDIT' button and then click on the 'HTML' tab to switch to the 'HTML' view. When you click the 'HTML' tab, a box will pop up asking if you really want to perform that task. Click 'OK'.

 

Once you have switched to the 'HTML' view, you will see a lot of code. Before you can proceed, you need to go back to Step 4 and retrieve your html code from the last screen. Now...you can copy the code into your post...in any location you choose. Be sure to save the post to 'DRAFT' again so that you can check your work.

 

If you like what you see, post it. If you don't...try again until you find the best position for your slideshow. As long as you remember where your slideshow code begins and ends, you can move it around without any problems or changes to your original post.

 

 

Step 6:  SHOW ME YOUR STUFF!!

I want to see your cool slideshows. Let me know when you post your first slideshow so that I can come admire it.

 

 

 

See...I told you it was easy!!
Here are a few other posts that may help you make your blog rock.

 

IF I ONLY Knew Then What I Know Now…Three ActiveRain ‘TRICKS’ to Make YOUR Blog Rock! 

This (ADMITTEDLY, NON-TECHIE) girl just learned (COMPLETELY BY ACCIDENT) a new (AMAZINGLY COOL & SUPER EASY) trick to make really colorful blog posts. (AKA: PRETTY BLOGGING FOR DUMMIES!)

 

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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Oh boy, something new to play with!  Maybe later this evening I can investigate this further. 

Thanks Elizabeth!

Jan 03, 2009 04:00 AM #44
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Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD

I will need to check this out.  It looks easy enough.  I will book mark this site now.

Jan 03, 2009 04:01 AM #45
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
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This is one of the things I love about AR, everyday I learn something new. Thank you for the info, you must have had me in mind when you posted this one. I'm going to work on it tonight.

Jan 03, 2009 04:09 AM #46
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Janet Murray
Preferred Properties Realty - Weymouth, MA
Realtor Weymouth MA & South Shore Home Sales

This is fantastic-just spent about 2 hours playing around with this. Thanks!

Jan 03, 2009 05:41 AM #47
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Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

We've been using Slide for a while now. Photobucket also has some nice options. Just look around the net, there's quite a few.

Jan 03, 2009 06:01 AM #48
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Okay Elizabeth- I gave it a shot, so come on over and give me your opinions.

Jan 03, 2009 07:06 AM #49
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Elizabeth: Thank you for taking the time to explain this so thoroughly. It seems so easy, I am going to go try it. Thank you again.

Jan 03, 2009 07:35 AM #50
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Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

I don't know why I never thought of this. I insert slide shows into my posts all the time. It never occurred to me that others might need help with it. Good job!

Jan 03, 2009 11:53 AM #51
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Raquel Allen Colorado & New Mexico
Trinidad, CO

Cool idea. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 03, 2009 12:34 PM #52
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Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

I saw Tammy's and had to find out how she did it. Nice explaination.

Jan 03, 2009 01:30 PM #53
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

This certainly looks like an interesting site.  Thanks for sharing!  I'm going there right now to "play" a little.

Jan 04, 2009 12:42 AM #54
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Elizabeth..  THANK YOU for posting this blog...WOW!!!  This is something I've wanted to do.. but thought it would be hard and *time consuming* to do, so I put it off.  Then  I noticed that Tammy Lankford had this in her most recent blog.. and I was so impressed.  She referred me to your blog about it.. 

You have some wonderful blogs.. I still LOVE the one you did on The Principles of Reaping and Sowing.  This is so TRUE!!

 

valerie osterhoudt

Jan 04, 2009 03:12 AM #55
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Elizabeth, I just found this, and thank you.....I have bookmarked it to come back to when I have a little more time to actually "do it" :)  Can't wait to see what I will come up with ....

Jan 04, 2009 08:18 AM #56
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Krista Fuchs
Prudential Fox & Roach - Exton, PA
Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling

Thanks for the great tutorial!  I bookmarked it so I could save it for later when I'm feeling courageous!  Happy New Year!

Jan 04, 2009 01:53 PM #57
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I think I actually have seen this before, but never set up an account, and never have used it.  Now that you have set up a challenge, I will have to try and see if I can't put something together.

Jan 05, 2009 02:54 PM #58
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Elizabeth...I signed up on slide.com some time ago.  Now I need to start using it.  Your post is certainly an incentive.

Thanks,

Kate

Jan 06, 2009 06:49 AM #59
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Terri Kincaid
ERA Brokers Consolidated - Mesquite, NV

Wow! Easy directions- I'm gonna try it. Thank you so much!

Jan 06, 2009 08:22 AM #60
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Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
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AzLadyInRed

Elizabeth - bookmarked! I have slide.com, but haven't taken the time to play with it yet. You always do such great tutorials...;-)

Pepper

Jan 11, 2009 09:50 AM #61
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Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Elizabeth, thanks for posting this! I just tried slide.com and added it to my blog post. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you!

Jul 25, 2009 10:10 AM #62
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Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hello Elizabeth!

I was just sitting here puzzling how to put together a slideshow and post it on my blog.....I searched AR for information....and your post came straight to the top!  THANK YOU for such a great post!  I'm definitely going to be using this tool a lot!

 

All best,

Coleen :)

Jan 30, 2010 02:43 PM #63
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