Slideshows & Photo Galleries: Better, Faster, and Mobile Friendly

Did you know that over 10% of your website traffic visits from a mobile device? We were ahead of the curve when we introduced automatic mobile versions of your websites, and today, we're taking things a step further by upgrading your slideshows and photo galleries for mobile optimized viewing and interaction.


Now, when people are viewing photo galleries or slideshows from a mobile device, the photos open full screen and allow native touch and swipe gestures. This works extremely well not only on iPhones and iPads, but the wide range of Android devices as well.

Check it out for yourself. Just click a photo in the gallery below from your smartphone or tablet to see these updates in action.


You'll also notice the following improvements when viewing photo galleries from a computer:

  • Slides switch faster from one to the next
  • You can use your keyboard arrow keys to change slides

In addition, we added two new features to slideshows that we think you'll like:

  • Option to hide the slideshows controls (play/stop/arrows) that show on mouseover
  • Choose whether to start the slideshow on the first slide or a random slide

Over the past many months, we've also been diligently working on the vast improvements to our themes. We want to thank everyone who's been patiently waiting for these updates. While the release has taken us longer than anticipated, the improvements are substantial and enable much more professional, powerful looking websites.

We're excited to get these updates into your hands, and it should be just a few more weeks before we have some major news to announce on this front. Stay tuned!