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Featured Content Gallery And Fancybox Conflict Fix

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After hours of trying numerous solutions to the conflict between the Mootools engine that runs Featured Content Gallery and JQuery that runs the Fancybox lightbox I found a very simple solution.

I should first point out that I’m not using the Fancybox plugin for WordPress but implementing the installation manually.

OK, the problem lies with the default variable that JQuery uses ‘$’.

Here’s the basic code I was using for the Fancybox implementation –

  1. $(document).ready(function() {
  3. $("a#imagetag").fancybox({
  4. ‘transitionIn’    : ‘elastic’,
  5. ‘transitionOut’    : ‘elastic’,
  6. ‘padding’            : 0,
  7. ‘margin’ : 0,
  8. ‘autoDimensions’ : false,
  9. ‘width’ : 597,
  10. ‘height’ : 431
  11. });
  13. });

To fix the ‘$’ variable issue we simply need to rename the variable. In the code below it’s been redefined as ‘$xx’ in the first line.

  1. var $xx = jQuery.noConflict();
  2. $xx(document).ready(function() {
  4. $xx("a#imagetag").fancybox({
  5. ‘transitionIn’    : ‘elastic’,
  6. ‘transitionOut’    : ‘elastic’,
  7. ‘padding’            : 0,
  8. ‘margin’ : 0,
  9. ‘autoDimensions’ : false,
  10. ‘width’ : 597,
  11. ‘height’ : 431
  12. });
  14. });

It’s really that easy to fix this conflict. Define the variable in the first line and then edit the ‘$’ variable in the code.

I hope that saves someone else hours of trawling the Web for the solution. 😉

8 Responsesto “Featured Content Gallery And Fancybox Conflict Fix”

  1. avatar Andy says:

    Thank you so much!! I have the exact same problem. I am also using fancybox manually (no plugin like yourself), and just installed featured content gallery and it broke everything. Especially all outgoing links, which I am calling using fancybox. I was extremely stressed out and searching and this solution worked like magic!! thank you so much.

    On another note – Just in case you don’t know, your site is throwing errors on Firefox 3.6 for plugin wassup.php. I am copying and pasting the following error that I see on the footer.
    Warning: preg_match() [function.preg-match]: Compilation failed: nothing to repeat at offset 1 in /home/makemo/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wassup/wassup.php on line 3954

    You may already know this, just thought I will point it out! Once again thanks for the noconflict variable!!!! 🙂

  2. avatar Darren Yates says:

    So simple to fix but it was such a pain to track down the solution. I was aiming to save others the same headache. Glad it worked for you Andy. 😉 And thanks for the heads up on the ‘Wassup’ error but I’m using 3.6 and all’s fine here. Was it a specific page?

  3. avatar Philip says:

    Oh my goodness thank you so much!!!

    Fyi people: add a name to both functions 🙂

  4. avatar Cobian says:

    Many thanks, you rock !!!

  5. avatar Jonny Rapp says:


    Thankyou so much!!!!!!!

  6. avatar Isuru says:

    thank you very much
    you saved my day !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. avatar Sven says:

    Thanks so much, I was searching for at least two hours for the reason my FancyBox script broke, went through each script, css when I finally removed my mootools code, worked perfectly. But was unable to get to work together. I will try this.

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