In this tutorial, you will see how to add another beautiful image slider for Blogger / BlogSpot made with jQuery and, of course, with HTML and CSS. This slider, called Orbit, is a lightweight jQuery plugin that will display multiple images in a limited space using navigation arrows (previous-next buttons). On the upper left of the Orbit slideshow, we have some small bullet icons indicating the current image that we are viewing and, on the upper right side, is the pause option and a timer letting us know when the next image will be displayed.

The HTML markup is pretty clean, just an element that wraps multiple images where the captions are generated from the span tags of these images.

How to Add the Orbit Image Slider to Blogger

Step 1. From your Blogger Dashboard, go to Template > Edit HTML > click anywhere inside the code area and press the CTRL + F keys to open the blogger search box. Paste or type the below tag inside the search box and hit Enter to find it.

find blogger

Step 2. Just above add the following scripts:

http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js

//<![CDATA[
/*
* jQuery Orbit Plugin 1.1
* http://www.ZURB.com/playground
* Copyright 2010, ZURB
* Free to use under the MIT license.
* http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php
*/

(function(e){e.fn.orbit=function(a){a=e.extend({animation:”fade”,animationSpeed:800,advanceSpeed:4E3,startClockOnMouseOut:true,startClockOnMouseOutAfter:3E3,directionalNav:true,captions:true,captionAnimationSpeed:800,timer:false,bullets:false},a);return this.each(function(){function m(c){function g(){f.eq(h).css({“z-index”:1});s=false}var h=b,k=c;if(h==k)return false;if(!s){s=true;if(c==”next”){b++;if(b==n)b=0}else if(c==”prev”){b–;if(b<0)b=n-1}else{b=c;if(hb)k=”prev”}a.bullets&&
x();if(a.animation==”fade”){f.eq(h).css({“z-index”:2});f.eq(b).css({opacity:0,”z-index”:3}).animate({opacity:1},a.animationSpeed,g);a.captions&&o()}if(a.animation==”horizontal-slide”){f.eq(h).css({“z-index”:2});k==”next”&&f.eq(b).css({left:t,”z-index”:3}).animate({left:0},a.animationSpeed,g);k==”prev”&&f.eq(b).css({left:-t,”z-index”:3}).animate({left:0},a.animationSpeed,g);a.captions&&o()}if(a.animation==”vertical-slide”){f.eq(h).css({“z-index”:2});k==”prev”&&f.eq(b).css({top:u,”z-index”:3}).animate({top:0},
a.animationSpeed,g);k==”next”&&f.eq(b).css({top:-u,”z-index”:3}).animate({top:0},a.animationSpeed,g);a.captions&&o()}}}var b=0,n=0,t,u,s,d=e(this).addClass(“orbit”),f=d.find(“img, a img”);f.each(function(){var c=e(this),g=c.width();c=c.height();d.width(g);t=d.width();d.height(c);u=d.height();n++});f.eq(b).css({“z-index”:3});if(a.timer){d.append(‘

‘);var j=e(“div.timer”),p;if(j.length!=0){var C=
a.advanceSpeed/180,v=e(“div.timer span.rotator”),y=e(“div.timer span.mask”),z=e(“div.timer span.pause”),l=0,A,w=function(){p=true;z.removeClass(“active”);A=setInterval(function(){var c=”rotate(“+l+”deg)”;l+=2;v.css({“-webkit-transform”:c,”-moz-transform”:c,”-o-transform”:c});if(l>180){v.addClass(“move”);y.addClass(“move”)}if(l>360){v.removeClass(“move”);y.removeClass(“move”);l=0;m(“next”)}},C)},q=function(){p=false;clearInterval(A);z.addClass(“active”)};w();j.click(function(){p?q():w()});if(a.startClockOnMouseOut){var B;
d.mouseleave(function(){B=setTimeout(function(){p||w()},a.startClockOnMouseOutAfter)});d.mouseenter(function(){clearTimeout(B)})}}}if(a.captions){d.append(‘

‘);var r=d.children(“div.caption”).children(“span”).addClass(“orbit-caption”).show(),o=function(){var c=f.eq(b).attr(“rel”),g=e(“#”+c).html(),h=r.height()+20;r.attr(“id”,”#”+c).html(g);g?r.parent().stop().animate({bottom:0},a.captionAnimationSpeed):r.parent().stop().animate({bottom:-h},
a.captionAnimationSpeed)};o()}if(a.directionalNav){d.append(‘

RightLeft

‘);j=d.children(“div.slider-nav”).children(“span.left”);var D=d.children(“div.slider-nav”).children(“span.right”);j.click(function(){a.timer&&q();m(“prev”)});D.click(function(){a.timer&&q();m(“next”)})}if(a.bullets){d.append(‘

    ‘);var E=e(“ul.orbit-bullets”);for(i=0;i<n;i++){j=e("

  • “+i+”
  • “);e(“ul.orbit-bullets”).append(j);
    j.data(“index”,i);j.click(function(){a.timer&&q();m(e(this).data(“index”))})}var x=function(){E.children(“li”).removeClass(“active”).eq(b).addClass(“active”)};x()}})}})(jQuery);
    //]]>

    $(window).load(function() { $(‘#featured’).orbit({ advanceSpeed: 5000, ‘bullets’: true, ‘timer’ : true, ‘animation’ : ‘horizontal-slide’ }); }); //<![CDATA[ /* * jQuery Orbit Plugin 1.1 * http://www.ZURB.com/playground * Copyright 2010, ZURB * Free to use under the MIT license. * http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php */ (function(e){e.fn.orbit=function(a){a=e.extend({animation:"fade",animationSpeed:800,advanceSpeed:4E3,startClockOnMouseOut:true,startClockOnMouseOutAfter:3E3,directionalNav:true,captions:true,captionAnimationSpeed:800,timer:false,bullets:false},a);return this.each(function(){function m(c){function g(){f.eq(h).css({"z-index":1});s=false}var h=b,k=c;if(h==k)return false;if(!s){s=true;if(c=="next"){b++;if(b==n)b=0}else if(c=="prev"){b–;if(b<0)b=n-1}else{b=c;if(hb)k=”prev”}a.bullets&& x();if(a.animation==”fade”){f.eq(h).css({“z-index”:2});f.eq(b).css({opacity:0,”z-index”:3}).animate({opacity:1},a.animationSpeed,g);a.captions&&o()}if(a.animation==”horizontal-slide”){f.eq(h).css({“z-index”:2});k==”next”&&f.eq(b).css({left:t,”z-index”:3}).animate({left:0},a.animationSpeed,g);k==”prev”&&f.eq(b).css({left:-t,”z-index”:3}).animate({left:0},a.animationSpeed,g);a.captions&&o()}if(a.animation==”vertical-slide”){f.eq(h).css({“z-index”:2});k==”prev”&&f.eq(b).css({top:u,”z-index”:3}).animate({top:0}, a.animationSpeed,g);k==”next”&&f.eq(b).css({top:-u,”z-index”:3}).animate({top:0},a.animationSpeed,g);a.captions&&o()}}}var b=0,n=0,t,u,s,d=e(this).addClass(“orbit”),f=d.find(“img, a img”);f.each(function(){var c=e(this),g=c.width();c=c.height();d.width(g);t=d.width();d.height(c);u=d.height();n++});f.eq(b).css({“z-index”:3});if(a.timer){d.append(‘

    ‘);var j=e(“div.timer”),p;if(j.length!=0){var C= a.advanceSpeed/180,v=e(“div.timer span.rotator”),y=e(“div.timer span.mask”),z=e(“div.timer span.pause”),l=0,A,w=function(){p=true;z.removeClass(“active”);A=setInterval(function(){var c=”rotate(“+l+”deg)”;l+=2;v.css({“-webkit-transform”:c,”-moz-transform”:c,”-o-transform”:c});if(l>180){v.addClass(“move”);y.addClass(“move”)}if(l>360){v.removeClass(“move”);y.removeClass(“move”);l=0;m(“next”)}},C)},q=function(){p=false;clearInterval(A);z.addClass(“active”)};w();j.click(function(){p?q():w()});if(a.startClockOnMouseOut){var B; d.mouseleave(function(){B=setTimeout(function(){p||w()},a.startClockOnMouseOutAfter)});d.mouseenter(function(){clearTimeout(B)})}}}if(a.captions){d.append(‘

    ‘);var r=d.children(“div.caption”).children(“span”).addClass(“orbit-caption”).show(),o=function(){var c=f.eq(b).attr(“rel”),g=e(“#”+c).html(),h=r.height()+20;r.attr(“id”,”#”+c).html(g);g?r.parent().stop().animate({bottom:0},a.captionAnimationSpeed):r.parent().stop().animate({bottom:-h}, a.captionAnimationSpeed)};o()}if(a.directionalNav){d.append(‘

    RightLeft

    ‘);j=d.children(“div.slider-nav”).children(“span.left”);var D=d.children(“div.slider-nav”).children(“span.right”);j.click(function(){a.timer&&q();m(“prev”)});D.click(function(){a.timer&&q();m(“next”)})}if(a.bullets){d.append(‘

      ‘);var E=e(“ul.orbit-bullets”);for(i=0;i<n;i++){j=e("

    • “+i+”
    • “);e(“ul.orbit-bullets”).append(j); j.data(“index”,i);j.click(function(){a.timer&&q();m(e(this).data(“index”))})}var x=function(){E.children(“li”).removeClass(“active”).eq(b).addClass(“active”)};x()}})}})(jQuery); //]]>

      Note: You can change the transitions speed between each image by modifying the 5000 value from the line in blue – a higher number will make the pictures stay longer between each transition.

      Important! If you have already a version of jQuery in your template, please remove the line in red, otherwise the slideshow might not work.

      Step 3. Now it is time to add the CSS. Find (CTRL + F) this tag:

      ]]>

      Step 4. Just above ]]> add this code:

      #featured {height: 1px; width: 1px; overflow: hidden;}
      div.orbit {
      width: 1px;
      height: 1px;
      position: relative;
      overflow: hidden;
      }

      div.orbit img {
      position: absolute;
      top: 0;
      left: 0;
      }
      div.orbit a img {border: none;}

      div.timer {
      width: 40px;
      height: 40px;
      overflow: hidden;
      position: absolute;
      top: 10px;
      right:10px;
      opacity: .6;
      cursor: pointer;
      z-index: 1001;
      }

      span.rotator {
      display: block;
      width: 40px;
      height: 40px;
      position: absolute;
      top: 0;
      left: -20px;
      background: url(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RIbuOzbC8os/UwDPg1IgFaI/AAAAAAAAGN0/DrmP4kh7G08/s1600/timer-icon.png);
      background-repeat: no-repeat;
      z-index: 3;
      }

      span.mask {
      display: block;
      width: 20px;
      height: 40px;
      position: absolute;
      top: 0;
      right: 0;
      z-index: 2;
      overflow: hidden;
      }

      span.rotator.move {left: 0;}
      span.mask.move {
      width: 40px;
      left: 0;
      background: url(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9FdwFtBqvS4/UwDPqzE3ABI/AAAAAAAAGN8/r4xhlPpOHY4/s1600/timer-right.png);
      background-repeat: repeat;
      background-position: 0px 0px;
      }

      span.pause {
      display: block;
      width: 40px;
      height: 40px;
      position: absolute;
      top: 0;
      left: 0px;
      background-image: url(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8G-L7Onwt-Y/UwDPy372vYI/AAAAAAAAGOE/4qUdsKJaK98/s1600/pause-icon.png);
      background-repeat: no-repeat;
      z-index: 4;
      opacity: 0;
      }

      div.timer:hover span.pause,
      span.pause.active,
      div.timer:hover span.pause.active { opacity: 1; }

      div.caption {
      background: #000;
      background: rgba(0,0,0,.6);
      width: 100%;
      z-index: 1000;
      position: absolute;
      bottom:-100px;
      color: #fff;
      padding: 8px 0;
      text-align: center;
      }

      div.caption span {
      padding: 0 10px;
      font-size: 14px;
      text-shadow: 0px 1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.8);
      margin: 0;
      }
      .orbit-caption { display: none; }

      div.orbit:hover div.slider-nav { display: block; }
      div.slider-nav { display: none; }
      div.slider-nav span {
      width: 33px;
      height: 33px;
      text-indent: -9999px;
      position: absolute;
      z-index: 1000;
      top: 43%;
      cursor: pointer;
      }

      div.slider-nav span.right {
      background-image: url(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oW1NQkjT3Ws/UwDP7b7T2-I/AAAAAAAAGOM/JaeJxm9qZ60/s1600/arrow-right.png);
      right: 10px;
      }
      div.slider-nav span.left {
      background-image: url(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-T9eMQBFvVro/UwDQBxCnpWI/AAAAAAAAGOU/L8KS7EAOqOU/s1600/arrow-left.png);
      left: 10px;
      }

      .orbit-bullets {
      position: absolute;
      z-index: 1000;
      list-style: none;
      top: 10px;
      left: 7px;
      margin: 0;
      padding: 0;
      }

      .orbit-bullets li {
      float: left;
      margin-left: 5px;
      cursor: pointer;
      color: #999;
      text-indent: -9999px;
      background-image: url(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lKQgWI4_xhQ/UwDQI0WIQmI/AAAAAAAAGOc/1e6zuurwFSg/s1600/bullets.png);
      background-repeat: no-repeat;
      background-position: 0 0;
      width: 7px;
      height: 7px;
      overflow: hidden;
      }
      .orbit-bullets li.active { color: #222; background-position: -7px 0; }

      Step 5. Click on the “Save template” button to save the changes.

      Finally, we will use the HTML code that displays the images. We have the option to add the slider either inside one of our posts/pages, or display it as a gadget on the blog’ sidebar or below the header.
      If you choose to add it inside one of your posts, switch to the HTML tab and paste the code below inside HTML box of your post.

      If you want to add it in the blog sidebar/below the header, go to “Layout”, click on the “Add a gadget link” > choose “HTML/JavaScript” from the pop-up window and paste this html inside the box:



      This code contains the images, links and descriptions for each image. In blue, are the URLs of the links and images that you need to replace with your own. Inside the HTML code of each image, you have the size of each picture that can be changed by modifying the width (590) and height (348) values. To add the description for your pictures, replace the text in red.

      If you want to add more pictures, add this HTML before the