Background Manager

on December 30, 2011 in WordPress with 98 comments by

Note! This plugin has been deprecated; it is no longer maintained nor supported.

Background Manager, the successor to WP Flickr Background, is a powerful replacement for the default WordPress background manager.

It allows you to create multiple image sets, from which a random image is selected and displayed as the website background. The images can be uploaded from your local computer, selected from images available in your Media Library, or import them from other plugins and third-party sources.

With an easy to use menu, you can also define how the background image is displayed, such as full-screen (with ratio correction), tiled, fixed or scrolling, define where the image is positioned and how a background image is selected (random or in sequential order).

You also have the ability to add an overlay to the background images with a choice of pre-defined patterns. And of course it is also possible to add a background color.

Where supported, in full-screen mode the the background image is optionally “eased in” when it is ready to be displayed. No longer will visitors with slower Internet connections have to endure watching a background image load from top down.

You can also limit the background images to certain parts of WordPress, for example only on the front page or a full-page post. And for each individual page, post, category or tag, you can also override the images, overlay or color used as the background, which allows you to have pages or posts with a different background theme.

Each individual background image can also be linked to a specific URL, which allows a visitor to click anywhere on the background and be redirected to another page or website. Impressions and clickthroughs of clickable backgrounds can optionally be be tracked via Google Analytics.

All this is done without the need to edit the theme or any other files!

Features

  • Integration with WordPress Media Library
  • Full support for the WordPress Theme Customizer
  • Full-screen background images
  • Full control over position for images in normal display mode (tiling, positioning, scrolling and stretching)
  • Optional “Ease in” of a full-screen background image
  • Multiple Image Sets to select a random or sequential image from
  • Override the Image Set for each Post, Page, Custom post type or by Tag(s) or Category
  • User defined display interval between the background images (timed slideshow)
  • Optional transition effects between the different background images displayed:
    • Fade-in/Fade-out (Crossfade)
    • Slide (Top, bottom, left or right)
    • Cover (Top, bottom, left or right)
    • Fade-in and Zoom
    • CSS3 transitions: Bars, Zip, Blinds, Swipe, Random Blocks, Sequential Blocks, Concentric and Warp
  • 18 pre-defined background overlays
  • Enable or disable the background images on the Front page, Error pages, Custom post types, etc.
  • Optional thumbnail/information tab for the visitor to learn more about the background
  • Import from various sources, such as:
  • Define the background opacity (available in Full Screen only)
  • Background image links (click-able backgrounds)
  • Track background clicks and impressions via Google Analytics
  • Uses AJAX to load background images, keeping the website’s footprint small and improve caching
  • Graceful degradation for visitors without JavaScript and older browsers
  • Option to add a “Pin It” Pinterest button

Screenshots

  • Background Manager in action
  • Main Settings page for Background Manager
  • Background Manager

License

This project is licensed free of charge under the terms and conditions of GNU GPLv3Donations are welcome!

Installation

Requirements

  • PHP version 5.3 or better
  • WordPress version 3.2.1 or better

A browser with Javascript enabled is highly recommended.

NOTE! This plugin will not work with PHP versions older than 5.3.

Download

The ZIP file containing Background Manager can be downloaded by clicking the button below. This will download the most recent stable version of Background Manager.

Download “Background Manager” background-manager.1.2.5.2.zip – Downloaded 114413 times – 1 MB

If you prefer to try a development or older version, visit the Developer’s section at WordPress.org or follow its progress at GitHub.

Installation

To install the plugin, visit your WordPress Dashboard, select Plugins and then Add New. If you have already downloaded the file, select the Upload option and upload the file per the instructions. Otherwise, search for “Background Manager” and WordPress will allow you to install the plugin directly from WordPress.org.

Downgrading

To install a development or earlier version of Background Manager, you must first de-activate and delete the current plugin if it’s already installed.

Deleting the plugin will also reset all its settings.

After de-activation and deletion, you can install Background Manager using the usual upload method described above.

Support

Support is provided through the WordPress.org forums and by contacting Myatu directly.

Read more

Over time, more posts regarding Background Manager will be added, including “How To’s”.  Keep an eye on the posts with the background-manager tag.

Photo “Tulip stamens and pistil” by Muffet (CC-BY)
This product uses the Flickr API but is not endorsed or certified by Flickr.

98 comments

  1. posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM  |  reply

    hello my friend how to linking my background image with this plugin?

  2. posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:51 AM  |  reply

    Hi

    Great extension, though for some reason the clickable part is not working for me, I set up a link to click in the image set and selected “enable clickable background” in the settings but on the frontend no link. Any one have the solution for that please?

  3. gaby
    posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM  |  reply

    Dear Myatu. Thank you for the great plugin. I’m making a website in WordPress and use your plugin. When I choose Background Layout – Size – Normal, then no background is showing. While when i choose Full Screen, the background does show. I have searched everything but i can’t find it. Do you know that the problem may be?

    Thanks and best regards!

    • Myatu
      posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 11:03 PM  |  reply

      Ensure that the theme includes the body_class() function as described here (link).

  4. Nico
    posted on Mar 05, 2014 at 5:12 PM  |  reply

    Hi, and thanks for sharing this plugin. I would like to know if it’s possible to add thumbnails or maybe a preview next button to it. So this can be used as a fullscreen gallery. And if its possible, what should be done to it.

    thanks

  5. posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM  |  reply

    Fantastic Plugin that solved a problem for me. Just one question, is it possible to limit the plugin’s activation to screen size? I’d like to use it with a @media only screen and (min-width: 769px) call.

    Thanks!
    Rick

  6. Aco
    posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM  |  reply

    Hi,
    I instelled your great plugin, but I have problem with setting an bg image link.
    Does anyone has similar problem?
    I am using Todays News theme.
    Tnx!!

  7. posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM  |  reply

    Thanks for the plugin !! very great and easy ! can i use it on the login page too ?

  8. posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM  |  reply

    Hello. Thanks for pluggin.
    Excuse for my bad english. I want to associate a text to image witch will be also animate with image. Thanks for help

  9. Patrick
    posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 10:26 PM  |  reply

    Is it possible to change it to only apply the background to a specific div, and have it fixed when scrolling?

  10. Edi
    posted on Oct 03, 2013 at 9:36 PM  |  reply

    How can this be done: A background image with size “Full Screen” and the scrolling option “Scroll with the screen”?

    This works for me with the image size “Normal”. But for “Full Screen” there are no options for the background layout available.

  11. posted on Sep 03, 2013 at 10:36 AM  |  reply

    Great plugin, Thank you!
    I am having trouble with using it on a WP install in a subdirectory. When I change the “Site Address” setting (Settings->General) to be the URL root (without subdir appended), Background Manager does not set the background with the image I configured. It works for all pages when accessed using subdir in URL.
    I’ve followed the WP instructions “Giving WordPress Its Own Directory” (copying index.php and .htaccess to site root), but this doesn’t help. I’m at a loss as to where to look next.
    Do I need a PHP include somewhere so it picks up all the plugin settings prior to rendering the page? Is this an issue with the theme (Bueno) or the Background Manager? I would be grateful for any hints and tips on how I can solve this.
    Thanks, Neil.

  12. posted on Aug 25, 2013 at 1:38 AM  |  reply

    love this plugin it is almost everything i was dreaming of – my question is – am I or can I add video as one of the images? on my site (www.thegodproject.org) I want to maybe add in a 3 or 5 sec clip into the slideshow. – is this possible or are you planning to make it possible? last thing – will you make this plugin able to use options per image set (like fades, transition times, etc) or is that too complicated a task? much thanks for all you efforts…

    • posted on Sep 16, 2013 at 9:14 PM  |  reply

      It’s not possible to add videos at the moment, but is something that I’ve had in mind for a future version. Due to time constraints, I cannot say when this will happen though.

  13. posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM  |  reply

    Hi,
    We are using your excellent plugin on the new site we are developing to add full-screen rotating backgrounds. One feature that we’d like to add is a link on the page that would give the user the option of turning off the background image. Do you know if this would be possible to do with javascript/jquery? Is this a feature that you’re planning to add at some point? Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

  14. posted on May 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM  |  reply

    Hi, Myatu. I’m working on the design of a site yet to be published, and am trying to use your plugin to load specific different background images on a per post basis (ie: a different background image for each page). I’ve been messing around for hours with the plugin, but can’t figure out how to achieve this. I’m sure it’s simple, but perhaps I’m even simpler! Would u mind giving me some tips on this, pls?

    Also, does your plugin override stylesheet CSS changes involving backgrounds, and the settings in the ‘Background’ section of Twenty Twelve?

    Cheers
    rolanstein

    • posted on May 22, 2013 at 6:11 PM  |  reply

      Hi, you can load a specific image set for a post, simply be editing the post in question and using the ‘Background’ section that appears underneath the main editor.

      Background Manager will try to override the default background image, if present. Any additional CSS you provide in the ‘Custom Stylesheet’ box will override most CSS already present – or can be forced otherwise with the ‘!important’ tag. Note that the Custom Stylesheet is only active when the Image Set itself is active.

  15. posted on Dec 08, 2012 at 1:54 AM  |  reply

    Hey & hello Myatu.

    First i wan’t to say thank you for your Plugin, all your work and i see you are supporting with a lot of help for other users. Thats not normal and a great gift. Thank you so much. I’ve tried to find a solution by myself, but not possible to solve it. I’m totaly confused. I tell you why. Maby you can help me.

    I use your Plugin at two websites. http://www.mywono.org and http://www.spitfireworks.at. The slideshow is working. But sometimes (not ever) there is a white overlay at the first slide. But only sometimes. And sometimes this overlay is half-transparent, sometimes solid and sometimes everything is fine. But now it’s getting better. I use box-shadows at some containers (with a hover-effect). Ok, bad overlay is there and in this moment where i move my mouse over one of this container the overlay is disapears. You can see all this curios stuff if u check http://www.spitfireworks.at. If you reload it repeatedly u can see the random effect.

    I don’t know what to do. So curios, that this is random. I’ve checked my CSS for some conflicts, but can’t found nothing. Feels like, that you are my last chance…

    By the way: if u want to visit http://www.spitfireworks.at, please don’t forget to input the www. Server is not configured right, at the moment – i’m talking with the wehost to fix it.

    Myatu, i would be so lucky, if we can find a solution. A donation for your help is of course included.

    Paul

    • posted on Dec 08, 2012 at 2:13 AM  |  reply

      Can’t believe, but i’ve solved the problem at spitfireworks. I disabled “Initial Ease-in”. Peloaded my page maby 50 times and the failur i’ve described is gone. Tomorrow i will try at mywono. But also i don’t need your held i will donate something. I thing thats right, cause the your slideshow is a really important part for mywono and a really really awesome for spitfireworks. I build it for a client. So i think its only fairness if i saythank you for your part, that enabels me to build this awesome website. I will make a donation, in this moment where my client will pay me. Thank you so much! People like you are very important for the growing and flowering of the internet. Thank you!

      • posted on Dec 08, 2012 at 2:16 AM  |  reply

        Oh excuse my failures at writing – it’s late in the night … not important to publish this. I’m sad that i can’t edit my comments…

  16. posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:16 AM  |  reply

    I am also a big fan of this plugin, however, I am curious why the code is inserting “background-color: transparent !important;” This line of code will not let me set the background color for the site in my stylesheet. I have to place “body {background-color:#E6E6E6 !important;” into the custom CSS field to set my sites background color. Is there a reason for this setting?

    • posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 3:19 AM  |  reply

      Nevermind! I see the background color setting now. It was because I had not set a background color in the settings.

  17. posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM  |  reply

    Hey Myatu,

    Thank’s for your plugin!

    It works great, but I’d like to tile some background sets vertically, but leave others untiled.
    I suppose I could set this in the custom stylesheet.

    I used {
    background-repeat:repeat-y;
    }

    But that doesn’t work. Could you help me with the code?

    Thank’s a lot!

  18. posted on Sep 02, 2012 at 1:49 PM  |  reply

    Hi Myatu, I believe we had this topic before, but I don’t recall what the solution is. The overlay appears for a second and then it is gone again. I don’t know why. Here is an example: http://rckelsey.com
    Thanks! Richard

    • posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:48 AM  |  reply

      Hello Richard. This was a bug in version 1.1.6.x, which should be solved in the current version (1.1.11).

  19. posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM  |  reply

    Impressive piece of work, with the fw4wp framework and all!

    • posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM  |  reply

      euhm… typo. I mean Pf4wp off-course…

    • posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM  |  reply

      Thanks! :)

  20. ed
    posted on Aug 18, 2012 at 3:08 AM  |  reply

    is there anyway to slow the actual ease-in effect down?

    • posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:50 AM  |  reply

      The Background Manager Settings page allows you to change the transition speed.

  21. posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM  |  reply

    HI,
    I love your plugin, it’s great that you took the time to develop it so fully.
    Unfortunately, I am having a problem. No one else has mentioned on here, so hopefully it’s just me?
    When I use the plug in to change the background, the quality of my menu text and button text degrades. Have you come across this before?
    I am using it on a test site so I have left it there in case you want to take a look.
    Many thanks Myatu.

    • posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM  |  reply

      Hi!

      It’s not something I’ve heard of before, but I haven’t noticed the text degrade on your site either though. Is there a particular web browser that you are using?

      • Philip
        posted on Jul 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM  |  reply

        Hi Mike,
        I use Firefox but I just checked with Chrome and it is perfect there.
        If you view it through Firefox there is a marked difference when it is activated.
        Mmm, what to do?
        Thanks,
        Philip.

  22. Mr Tea
    posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM  |  reply

    Hello I like the plugin – good work

    I am using twentyten theme. I can select scroll in twentyten theme and it works fine. But when I activate your plugin and use a set of images it will not scroll. I am trying to make it so a set of background images loaded into your pluggin scroll with the text when I scroll up and down the page. Can you point me in the right direction?

    • s
      posted on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:44 PM  |  reply

      Hi!

      You need to use the Normal layout for this (Admin -> Appearance -> Background, select Normal size under Background Layout). This gives you the option to have the background scroll with the rest of the screen, as with the TwentyTen theme.

      • Mr Tea
        posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM  |  reply

        Ahh yes. It works now thank you

  23. posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM  |  reply

    Hi, first thing: great plugin and sorry for my poor english! I’ve implemented on my site Diario de Avisos and works fantastic. Just a little problem: the clickable background doesn’t work. Maybe it’s a conflict with some plugin, function or css property like z-index but i need a little help to find out.

    Currently i have the lastest developer version installed (nice new features!) but the problem persist. Everything else works fine :-)

    Thanks in advance for your help Myatu!

    • posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM  |  reply

      Hi! Sorry for not replying any sooner – I thought I had done so already. It appears that the footer is missing an important bit, which can happen if the theme is missing a wp_footer(); function. This is usually found in the theme’s footer.php file.

      If it is missing, you can simply add a line like the following:

      (without the space between the ? and <) Hope this fixes the problem!

      • posted on Jun 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM  |  reply

        It´s working! Thank you so much Myatu and again, awesome plugin!

  24. posted on Jun 02, 2012 at 4:30 AM  |  reply

    I would like my content to remain on a white background, with the bg image surrounding it, as in your demo site. How do I achieve that, please? I’ve tried working with many of the settings, as well as visited the documentation on WordPress.

    Thanks.

    • posted on Jun 02, 2012 at 2:05 PM  |  reply

      Hi!

      This depends on the theme’s design. If the background image bleeds through to your content, then likely the area containing this content does not have a background color. You can adjust this by editing the Image Set and adding additional code in the “Custom Stylesheet” area underneath the images. An example, based on the website you linked to:


      .wrap { background-color: white; padding: 4px; }
      #footer .wrap, #footer-widgets .wrap { background-color: transparent; }

      The padding was added, to keep the content from being pushed against the edges and the footer was made transparent to match the original theme better.

      Hope that helps!

      • posted on Jun 03, 2012 at 3:46 AM  |  reply

        Myatu! That worked wonderfully! Thank you SO much for the help!

  25. posted on May 30, 2012 at 1:11 PM  |  reply

    Great plug in, really saved my sanity while trying to create a full screen background, behind my content. However, I have a small problem. I created a full screen image at 1920×1080, which has a footer area. It seems like the content on my page is so long, that it covers the bottom of the background. The page is: http://annapark.com.ar/bienvenidos. and the image is at: http://annapark.com.ar/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Full-Screen-Back.jpg. Do you have any suggestions how I can get the content and the full image to show up? Thank you for everything,
    saludos desde Argentina, andres.

    • posted on May 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM  |  reply

      Hi!

      I would recommend making some changes to the theme itself, to try accomplish what you’d like. Nevertheless, you can perform a few tricks with Backgrdound Manager that could help.

      When you edit the Image Set that contains the background, you have the option to add “Custom Styling”. Here you can provide extra CSS, and in your case, I can suggest the following:


      html { overflow: none; }
      #wrapper {
      max-height: 820px;
      overflow-x: scroll;
      overflow-y: hidden;
      }

      What this does, is instead of making the whole page scroll, it will just scroll the content (with the “overflow” portions). The “max-height” portion ensures that the content will not cover the bottom part of your image, be keeping it less tall than the image itself.

      Hope this helps!

  26. Gino Whitaker
    posted on May 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM  |  reply

    Hi, this plugin is fantastic. I have one thing for the wishlist. I’m using the plugin with background size set to normal. It would be nice to be able to have this setting with crossfade capability.

    Is there any kind of workaround that I could use to add crossfades to normal background sides with this version?

    • posted on May 27, 2012 at 9:55 PM  |  reply

      Hi! With “normal” sizing, the images are shown using solely CSS. However, I might be able to do something using CSS3, but would be dependent on the visitor’s browser. I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for using the plugin! :)

      • Gino Whitaker
        posted on May 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM  |  reply

        I can take a swing at it with CSS3 or playing around with the javascript. If I’m successful, I’ll let you know. Thanks again!

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  28. Emmaheroe
    posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM  |  reply

    i have php 5.2 in my server and i can’t actualize right now, is there any way to installit or it use stuff that is not in this version?

    • posted on Apr 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM  |  reply

      Sorry, the plugin requires PHP version 5.3 or better. There’s no way around that, as it uses PHP 5.3 specific features and is tightly integrated around those features.

  29. InsertCoin
    posted on Apr 04, 2012 at 4:50 PM  |  reply

    Hi, first i want to say. great plugin, good work.

    I got a small request / question. Is it possible to set the plugin usage (also) for editor roles? As it is now you can only use it as an admin.

    Was looking for it in the code.. but its a little bit to complex for me :)) 

    • posted on Apr 05, 2012 at 5:25 PM  |  reply

      I am thinking about adding an additional screen for those with full admin rights, allowing some of the default security settings to be changed. This would be in the next major version update though.

  30. Stephan
    posted on Mar 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM  |  reply

    Hi Myatu, thanks for the fast reply. The problem seems to be solved on Firefox, but it is still there on Google Chrome :( (I cleaned the cache) It would be awesome if you can also fix the Google Chrome version :)

  31. Stephan
    posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM  |  reply

    Bevor a next image fades in, the old one flickers. Can this be avoided in some kind? The plugin is really cool, especially because of the crossfade… Therefore it would be to bad if this issue can not be resolved.

    • posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM  |  reply

      Hi! This was reported by someone else today as well (only affects certain systems). I will get this fixed ASAP.

    • posted on Mar 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM  |  reply

      Version 1.0.25 should solve the problem you were experiencing

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  33. posted on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:21 PM  |  reply

    Hi Myatu,
    My site is mostly page-based but with one blog page “Latest News”
    All pages and individual posts displayround, but the blog page doesn’t.
    Also, the background picture overwrites the WordPress admin toolbar across f the page.
    Any ideas?
    http://tvam.wknet.co.uk
    Thanks, Steve

    • posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM  |  reply

      This is quite odd, and I’m at loss as to why this happening for that one particular page. However, the background should not be overwriting the Admin toolbar, which leads me think there’s a problem with either the theme itself or an interfering plugin. 

      • [email protected]
        posted on Feb 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM  |  reply

         Thanks for your input. I’d got as far as “blaming” the other plug-ins but thought I’d ask before investigating any further The site goes live on 1st March so I have another week.
        The only other plug-in that manipulates the background is “My Brand Login” that customises the WordPress login screen with our logo and colour schemes. I’ll switch it off and see if it makes any difference.

  34. posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM  |  reply

    I too Myatu love this plug-in!!  Thank you!

  35. posted on Feb 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM  |  reply

    Well done! Thanks for sharing. Where can I contribute?

    • posted on Feb 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM  |  reply

      I’m glad you like it! I’m always looking for ways to improve it, so if you have any suggestions, I’m open to them :)

      • Luís
        posted on Apr 04, 2012 at 2:36 AM  |  reply

        I totally have a way to improve it… consider this situation:
        I have a photo with white background that i want to atach to bottom right, because my site menu and content is attached to the left side. I cant edit the photo with white background itself and use fullscreen because different resolutions will distort the photo. I cant just stick it to bottom right corner because low resolutions will keep the photo all over the screen, covering all content (which needs white background under it). My suggestion is being able to scale the background only to page width OR page height (keeping aspec ratio) (fullscreen does both and loses the proportion). So i could guarantee the image would be corretly sized to fix the screen width. 

  36. Andreamod
    posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM  |  reply

    Hi, I get this error when your plugin it’s activated:

    Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 30720 bytes) in /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/photo2/wp-content/plugins/background-manager/vendor/Twig/lib/Twig/Node.php on line 93

    How i fix this?
    thanks!

    • posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM  |  reply

      Hi! That does seem like quite a lot of memory usage, but can be due to several factors (including other plugins installed).

      If you can still access the Background Manager’s “Settings” page (WP -> Appearance -> Background), at the bottom of the page you will find a “Debug” link. Clicking it will expand some details about your WordPress/server environment.

      If you could send that to me (via http://www.myatus.com/contact/), along with a reference to this error and what page you were trying to access, I will look if it’s something I can address.

  37. posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM  |  reply

    Hello,
    I am trying to get my header to be different than the background like your demos. Can you help me with that? Thanks  

    • posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM  |  reply

      In the Twenty Eleven theme used for the demo, I have disabled the page header (Appearance -> Header, then click the “Remove Header Options” button).

      Changing the color of the menu bar, like in the “Complex Override” page was done using the “Custom Stylesheet” option available in each Image Set. This depends on the theme used, but for Twenty Eleven I used the following:


      #access {
      background: #943100;
      background: -moz-linear-gradient(#DC7A00,#943100);
      background: -o-linear-gradient(#DC7A00,#943100);
      background: -webkit-gradient(linear,0% 0%,0% 100%,from(#DC7A00),to(#943100));
      background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#DC7A00,#943100);
      }
      #access li:hover > a,
      #access a:focus {
      background: #db9300;
      }

  38. Gixty7
    posted on Feb 10, 2012 at 8:08 AM  |  reply

    where can I download prevous version? I had it, but then I updated and the plugin became useless because I dont have php 5.3

  39. Danny
    posted on Feb 06, 2012 at 6:54 PM  |  reply

    Hey Myatu, Thanks for the great plugin. I just have one problem. When I launch my website I experience that the site is loading the images in the background (not visibile). After some 8 to 10 seconds, the first background is showing. I suppose this has something to do with images which need to load. It strange however that it is that slow is strange as I am on high-speed internet. Total size to load is about 600K. I am using full screen mode. Check out behavior on http://www.vaarschoolonline.be. I also suppose that the images should be cached after first rotation ? I would appreciate your help.
    Thanks,
    Danny

    • posted on Feb 06, 2012 at 8:28 PM  |  reply

      It appears your first background image remains hidden, and only the subsequent ones are shown. 

      A plugin, CourseWare, appears to be loading an older version of jQuery, when jQuery is already present. This seems that is interfering with Background Manager — you notice this when you view your SiteMap, where CourseWare does not try to load the older version, and Background Manager loads the background immediately.

  40. Take1ads
    posted on Feb 06, 2012 at 4:10 PM  |  reply

    It works now.  Thanks for the update….

  41. posted on Feb 06, 2012 at 1:19 AM  |  reply

    […] 1.0.14 of Background Manager was released today, fixing a few more bugs and introducing yet more new […]

  42. Anonymous
    posted on Feb 04, 2012 at 1:15 PM  |  reply

    Great Plug in….

    Is it possible to define an image Set for individual category/archive/tag pages?

    • posted on Feb 04, 2012 at 7:24 PM  |  reply

      Not currently, but I can certainly consider adding this.

      • Anonymous
        posted on Feb 04, 2012 at 10:49 PM  |  reply

        I think that would be great…

        • posted on Feb 06, 2012 at 1:24 AM  |  reply

          Version 1.0.14 has been released today, which allows you to override the default Image Set based on Tag or Category. These options can be seen when editing an Image Set.

  43. posted on Feb 01, 2012 at 3:45 AM  |  reply

    Hello, I keep getting this error when trying to link background manager with flickr
    Oops! Flickr doesn’t recognise the “oauth_token” this application is trying to use.   Can you Help please? 

    • posted on Feb 01, 2012 at 6:16 PM  |  reply

      Hi! Does this happen every time you attempt to link Background Manager with Flickr? 

      • Take1ads
        posted on Feb 03, 2012 at 5:23 AM  |  reply

        Sometimes it says Page Not Found) Error 

         I tried to link it anonymously  and it nothing happens. But most times it says 
        Oops! Flickr doesn’t recognise the “oauth_token” this application is trying to use.

        • Take1ads
          posted on Feb 03, 2012 at 5:45 AM  |  reply

          I have a free account with Flickr. Do I have to have a up graded account?

        • posted on Feb 03, 2012 at 7:23 PM  |  reply

          Ok. It may be because Flickr isn’t reachable from the server (the plugin asks Flickr for this special token, before redirecting you to it). I will add an extra check for this.

          PS: You can link Background Manager to a free Flickr account, no need to upgrade to a Flickr Pro account.

        • posted on Feb 05, 2012 at 1:52 PM  |  reply

          A quick update on this: There appears to be an ongoing issue on Flickr’s side that causes errors like the one you describe. There’s two things I can suggest: 

          1) Ensure the web-server has the time correctly set (ie., a 30 minute time difference can cause this problem) and/or 

          2) When you receive this error message in your browser, wait a short while and try again by refreshing the page.

  44. posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 7:12 PM  |  reply

    […] update to Background Manager (0.9.3) has been released today, which adds support for a user-defined background opacity. In […]

  45. posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM  |  reply

    Ok got a small problem My background images are only 1980 x 246 I have no scaling on but the program scales the picture smaller to 1024 x 40 I’ll leave it up for a while  mitchellparson.com so you can see it in action. I used better backgrounds and it work fine but yours has more options like the overlay but again when I do that I only get a white screen. I have played with every setting can’t figure out why its doing it.

  46. posted on Jan 08, 2012 at 12:09 PM  |  reply

    […] Update: Please note that this plugin will be superseded by Background Manager. […]

  47. Michael
    posted on Jan 06, 2012 at 12:36 AM  |  reply

    Hi again, Regarding the ‘overlay’ feature – I don’t get an error code but on page view I just get a white screen. If I turn the feature off things seem to work fine. Any ideas?

    • posted on Jan 06, 2012 at 11:10 PM  |  reply

      Hi! Couple of questions: What browser were you using when this occurred? Is the overlay visible in the Preview (Settings screen)? And are you using a particular WordPress Theme? I will do my best to find the issue.

      • Michael
        posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 3:51 AM  |  reply

        Hello, I’m using suffusion, tested on Chrome and Opera. Does not show on screen preview. Thank you for your help. 

        • posted on Jan 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM  |  reply

          Hi! Another user reported the same problem. I know where the cause is, but as of yet still have not been able to reproduce it myself. I will rewrite that particular function, in the hopes it will also fix the problem, which will likely be released this weekend. Thanks!

          • Michael
            posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 3:21 AM  |  

            Hello Myatu, yes you fixed the overlay issue. Thank you! Tip on it’s way. 

  48. Michael
    posted on Jan 03, 2012 at 5:30 AM  |  reply

    Thank you. I had my account moved to a server running php 5.3. The plugin installed all features work except the ‘background overlay feature’. Error code is:
    Fatal error: Class ‘finfo’ not found in /****/****/*******.com/wp-content/plugins/background-manager/vendor/pf4wp/lib/Pf4wp/Common/Helpers.php on line202 

    Can you help? Thanks!

    • posted on Jan 03, 2012 at 4:53 PM  |  reply

      This is something that I will need to resolve. Basically it’s because that particular bit of code assumes – rather than first check – that the extension “fileinfo” is available to PHP (ie., “extension=fileinfo.so” in PHP.ini). Thanks for letting me know!

    • posted on Jan 06, 2012 at 12:06 AM  |  reply

      Just released an update (v0.9.1) which should solve this problem. Thanks again for pointing this out to me.

  49. Michael
    posted on Jan 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM  |  reply

    Background manager look great however I get this error code on activation:
    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /****/*****/*************.com/wp-content/plugins/background-manager/background-manager.php on line 45 

    Please help? 

    • posted on Jan 02, 2012 at 5:03 PM  |  reply

      Hi! The plugin requires PHP version 5.3 or better. Older versions of PHP will display this error.

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