Although my most immediate concern is the discovery I made today that on some pages my attempts to insert both a slideshow and a gallery using the same images failed, I have several other issues to discuss regarding the recently changed WordPress gallery editing tools and would like to try to address several of them briefly if I may.
1. I've surmised that the purpose of having the editor create a unique ID for each image in a gallery allows for easier identification of individual page views. However, aside from that it seems to have mostly disadvantageous effects.
a. For example: Am I imagining things, or does the editor create an ID for each image in a gallery which previously functioned perfectly with a single page or post ID in the shortcode?
Example of a gallery using a single page ID in the shortcode: http://songbook1.wordpress.com/pp/galleries-film/broadway-melody-1929-gallery/.
b. Why does a combined gallery / slide show some times work, some times not? That is, why can I have, as in example 1 (below) both a functioning gallery and slide show on one page using the same images, but not in example 2.
Example of a functioning gallery/slide show combination:
Example of a failed attempt to have both a gallery and slide show on one page:
In this last case I tried both the old slide show shortcode [slideshow] and the newer [gallery type="slideshow"] . Neither worked.
2. I find that dragging and dropping images in the recently implemented gallery editor is much slower than in the previous editor. The image one wishes to move often stalls en route. Sometimes it slows to a crawl, and other times it just completely stops as if for a rest before allowing you to move it again. Then once you finally get it to where you want to drop it, a space often fails to open between the two images on either side of the place where you want it to go. Very frustrating. This might, in part, be a browser issue.
3. Today I noticed that the shortcode for a gallery contained twice as many IDs as there were images. This page
contains a gallery with nine images. But the shortcode had 20 IDs, as you can see at this revision:
I eliminated the 12 phantom image IDs, but am left to wonder where they came from. More specifically: If I edit a gallery, removing and replacing images, why would the IDs of the removed images still remain in the shortcode? That appears to be what happened here. Is there another explanation?
4. Last but not least: A recent change in the WP image editor requires you to rename an image once it is embedded in a page or post. Unless I'm missing a secret, you cannot give an image a title until it is embedded. When you upload an image, the image URL becomes by default the "title" on the right side of the editor. But that's a mirage, because as soon as you click the button "insert into page" the title disappears and what was the title on the right side of the editor, now becomes the "alternative text." The title bar is now empty, and nothing will display when you hover over the image once the post or page is published. That really confused and upset me for awhile, until I realized that it's a good practice to rename your images for embedding. Taking out the dashes alone is a big improvement, but you can also modify the description without being constrained by the order of words, dates, etc. as you might be for image titles in your files.
Nevertheless, it seems odd that WordPress not only practically forces you to rename every image, but fools you into thinking that a title is being applied automatically in the editor.
The blog I need help with is songbook1.wordpress.com.