I have been playing around with Slideshow […]
Slideshow Plugin is a new premium WordPress plugin I just found and thought you should know about. Basically it’s an easy to use photo slideshow player developed for WordPress users and it allows your to create beautiful slideshow galleries in minutes all without leaving the WordPress admin area.
I have been playing around with Slideshow Plugin today and I really think it was easy it is to install and use. There is no limitations to how many slideshows you can add to your posts and pages which is good. Actually when you create a new slideshow a “short code” is generated which you simply copy and paste anywhere in your posts or pages. The short code looks like this: [Gallery not found]. As you can see, you can also resize the slideshows on the fly in this short code by adjusting the width and height parameters. I tried to use the short code in the sidebar which didn’t work. But the developer assured me that in the next update, which comes out this week, this will also be possible.
I created a few examples and also did small ones to see how it worked with little space available for the elements and it handled it fine. The thumbs just rotate when there is not space enough for all of them. It is important to have images that fit the width and height settings if you want it to look perfect.
Lets look at the main features of the plugin
- Not Flash-based
- add as many slideshows to the posts and pages as you want
- change the plugin width and height on the fly in the short code
- add music to the slideshows
- play the photo galleries in a loop or just once
- set the length of each photo slide
- upload as many photos you want
- easily change the order of your photos
- you can also add a description, contact info and website url to your slides
- add a location map
- built in player so you can turn music on/off or to pause the slideshow
- each photo title automatically
The administration takes place in the WordPress Admin area and you can see the page where all setting for a slideshow is managed below:
Where will the plugin be useful
There are several use cases for a plugin like this here’s a few examples.
- designer portfolios
- photographer portfolios
- travel websites
- real estate websites
- promotion of affiliate products
- website flipping (instantly increases websites’ value)
- great service for local business marketing
What’s planed for the next release?
I asked the developer of the plugin about future plans and there is a lot of development going on. This is one of the main benefits of a premium plugin I think – it is maintained and improved over time. I thik it is always a risky business to get too addicted to a free plugin on wordpress.org. You never know if the developer will maintain it and make it available for the next major release of WordPress. This is not the case for a premium plugin as the one I have reviewed in this article.
- Photo titles and description will be made re-editable using both ajax and http form requests
- Photo rotation and thumbnail size that user will be able to set
- Thumbnail auto hide, show on hover or always show options
- Sidebar widget of slideshows
- Album RSS feeds with image title, link and description.
- Ajax upload and ajax form submit for save, update and delete features.
- Multiple Background Music playlists for an album, with playlist order
- Multiple slide transaction animation options for the slideshow
- Plugin settings and album backup and restore features.