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WP-PhotoNav is a WordPress plugin. It is a complete rewrite of a JavaScript snippet called PhotoNav (originally by Gaya Kessler). It provides for easy integration of panorama pictures in a WordPress page via a shortcode. The user can “rotate” the view of the panorama by moving the mouse over the image area or dragging the image. Additional feature include an integration with jQuery Colorbox and animated scrolling or zooming.


I do not plan to significantly increase the functionality of the plugin. Of course I will try to provide necessary maintenance either in accordance to changes in WordPress itself or due to bugs in the generated output.

Feel free to report issues and/or fork to contribute.


Please download this plugin from the WordPress plugin directory.


You can use WP-PhotoNav either via WordPress shortcodes or via the media button on top of the editor, which will show a dialogue similar to the ones you know from inserting common images. The dialog does nothing more than automatically generating the shortcode for you. Below are some examples for possible shortcodes to be used within your posts or articles. To see some working examples, please visit the plugin page.


This is the easiest way to include a panorama in your post. You only have to specify the URL of the image:

[photonav url='/wp-uploads/2014/07/panorama.jpg']


For more sophistication, WP-PhotoNav accepts a number of parameters, most of which are demonstrated in the following example:

[photonav url='/wp-uploads/2014/07/panorama.jpg' container_height=300
mode=drag360 popup=colorbox animate=left position=right label=true]

Here is a list of the employed parameters and their meaning:

  • container_height -- Defines the height of the displayed frame (hence the container). If the image is higher than the given height, vertical scrolling (or dragging) is enabled. The unit is one pixel. There is also the parameter container_width in case you don’t want the frame to fill the horizontal space available in the post or page.
  • mode -- Specifies one of the following modes: move, drag or drag360 where move is the default mode and doesn’t have to be specified. The drag mode allows the user to navigate the panorama by dragging it inside the frame. The drag360 mode is similar, but generates the illusion of an vertically infinite image. This is useful for 360° panoramas where the user can turn around in each direction infinitely.
  • popup -- If specified, enables a popup for enlarged view. The only valid popup type at the moment is colorbox, which only works if the ColorBox plugin for jQuery is available. It is provided e.g. by the jQuery Colorbox plugin. You have to install this plugin separately to make use of the popup functionality.
  • animate -- If specified, enables one of the following animation modes: left, right or zoom. By using this option, the panorama can be rotated automatically starting from the position into the named direction until either the user interacts with it (by scrolling in move mode or dragging in one of the drag modes) or the image is scrolled through entierely once. For 360° panoramas using the drag360 mode, the animation continues until the first interaction. In zoom mode, the panorama image is scaled to fit the available space and expands it to its full size when the mouse is moved over the image. The animation allows to attract the users attention to the additional functionality of the panorama compared to a simple, still image. Please note that the animation (like everything else) is accomplished using JavaScript and might not be 100% fluid on all systems and browsers.
  • position -- Defines the initial horizontal postion. The parameter may be a pixel value for horizontal displacement or take any one of the following relative values, for which the corresponding pixel value is automatically calculated: center, left or right.
  • label -– If this option is enabled, an overlay will be displayed in the top right corner of the image to inform the user of the additional capabilities.

Developer remarks

DOM tree

The structure of the div elements used for the PhotoNav content is:

.photonav -> .container -> .content -> .image

.image is wrapped in .content for uniformity with the drag360 mode, where the image is assigned as repeated background of .content.

.container is separate from .photonav, because the .photonav comprises two .containers: one for inline view and one for popup/lightbox view (which is hidden)

Infinite scroll

The infinite scroll mode (aka drag360) is implemented by a .content element, which is larger than the .image by the dimension of .container. The .image is left-aligned within .content, extending the valid range of positions of .content within .container from the negative image width to 0.

Interaction with Subversion

The master branch mirrors the SVN trunk used for publication. Development happens in the progress branch and is rebased to master. Synchronisation with SVN is achieved by git-svn.

An SVN commit is done using the following workflow:

git checkout master
git merge --squash [local dev-branch]
git commit -m "Message for SVN repo"
git svn rebase
git svn dcommit
git push
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