I'm a SS newbie, and I'm attempting converting an existing static site template into SS. I use this template regularly for new projects, I would like to create a reusable template. One particular component of the the template I'm trying to implement now in my SS template is an image banner (basically, an image slideshow).
My challenge is not with the slideshow part (for which I will use jQuery cycle - I don't necessarily want to specify this at this stage), but to create an easy way for the content editor/theme designer to select the images to go into the slideshow banner (ie. insert a list of <img>'s on the page)
Each page on the site will have its unique set of images (for the banner)
Provide a means in the CMS admin area to specify the images to be used for each page (either providing a reference to an ImageGallery or explicitly listing the images)
The template needs to be modular (obviously) and reusable
Where do I start!!? I don't think I need to create a 'module'. It seems like something I could implement partially in the controller & the template? If so - could someone please point me to a tutorial, reference or example that I can work from please?
You're right, you probably don't need a whole module to do this (although there are a few modules which do image galleries) but you will probably
want to make a custom Page type for your slideshow page. Tutorial 2 covers how to make page types.
For the backend the easiest option would be to link a folder to your page type using a has_one relationship. Then you can get all the files from inside the folder to use as your gallery using the ORM.