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Offline Tom Bishop

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TFES Flat Earth Video Subdomain
« on: July 29, 2022, 02:48:47 AM »
In the past we have discussed the possibility of creating a custom video subdomain gallery with Flat Earth YouTube feeds. One option may be a Word Press plugin called Smash Balloon which can build dynamic grid galleries of YouTube videos. The plugin is smart enough to not load the heavier video elements in the gallery until the user starts interacting with it, for performance reasons.

See the YouTube demos on the Smash Balloon site: https://smashballoon.com/youtube-feed/

It seems that you can make nice looking galleries based on a single channel or from a YouTube playlist composed of multiple channels. Notably for this project it also appears possible to build a gallery based on custom YouTube searches: https://smashballoon.com/youtube-feed-old/custom-search-guide/

There are some fairly advanced features such as customizing the information the video shows in the gallery, and adding a button at the end of the video back to the site.

I could see such a gallery, or galleries, as a feature item that might even eventually replace the main content of the front page. It would be a video site which unifies and harnesses the content of the wider Flat Earth community. People would go to tfes to see the latest Flat Earth related content. It would capture attention, increase visitor return, and cause the interest to grow.
« Last Edit: July 29, 2022, 05:13:00 PM by Tom Bishop »