A Lightbox effect is a common name for an overlay that displays an image on top of a site, without opening a popup (see Figure 14-2). You need to close this to access the actual site again, which may sound like a bad idea, but compare it to having to open a new page to view the image in full size and you get the picture. Most decently designed Lightbox solutions have accessible browse buttons as well.
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Figure 14-2: Lightbox effect in action a Lightbox one. The plugins do this manually, and suddenly your image gallery won't have to open those attachment pages at all, and your visitors can browse your photos with ease and flair.
Finally, if you make your money on page views, don't go the Lightbox route unless you think it will bring in more readers. After all, having people load a new page, and hence a new set of ads, whenever they want to view the next image in a gallery can be good business in itself!
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