If there is one topic that excites the Website Magazine audience every time it's WordPress Plugins.
There are a lot of incredibly useful plugins but with so many freely available (the WP plugin directory currently shows over 11,000), finding the "right" plugin to solve a problem or satisfy a need can be challenging. We're here to help.
Website Magazine is launching a new series in "WordPress Wednesday", where each week a new plugin (providing immense value, of course) will be featured.
Today's featured plugin is SlideDeck.
SlideDeck, created by Digital Telepathy, is a slider/slideshow plugin carrying a lot of potential for WordPress site operators. The plugin can be used to showcase dynamic feeds, media galleries, site topic tours (featured content) and product demos.
Take a look at some screenshots below or see it in action here:
SlideDeck for WordPress comes in two versions - SD Lite and SD Pro. The lite version (free) features autoplay (which animates the SlideDeck when visitors arrive on your website), some packaged skins and full CSS customization. SlideDeck has been downloaded nearly 30,000 times from the WP plugin directory and has an average rating of four stars from 21 reviewers. Pretty good.
More serious WordPress masters may want to consider Upgrading to SD Pro as it provides a whole lot more in terms of versatility including vertical slides, access to the API (for slide progression, slide control logic and call back) and a whole host of other interesting features such as RSS Feed Smart SlideDecks, which enable you to use an RSS feed as a source for the slideshow.
I recently had the opportunity to test out SD Pro and would most certainly reccommend it as it provides the ability to add a more modern design element quickly - it took me a total of about ten minutes to set up and customize the plugin on a testing site.