A lot more themes are going responsive these days so some other popular sliders just aren’t viable any more so I went looking for a jQuery slider with all the features you’d expect – multiple transitions, admin interface etc. I found the Flex Slider from WooThemes but that was just a jQuery plugin, you have to code the WordPress part yourself. Then I found the Soliloquy slider, which looked great and came as a WordPress plugin. The developer Thomas, was kind enough to give me a copy to test out and review here on WPLift.
You can purchase Soliloquy for $20 for support for a single site or $99 for support on unlimited sites, the plugin is GPL compatible.
Install The Plugin
Once you have purchased the plugin, login to the member area on the site and download the plugin . Then in your WordPress admin, visit “Plugins” > “Add New” > “Upload” and upload the file.
Activate the plugin and you will see a new menu item called “Soliloquy”
Configure The Plugin
The first thing to do, is visit menu item “Settings” and you will see a box to enter your license key. This isn’t required for the plugin to function but you wont receive automatic updates otherwise :
Adding a Slider
To add your first slider, visit the “Add New” menu item and you will see various options, the first thing to do is upload your images which will be used for the slider :
You can drag and drop all your images at once as it uses the normal WordPress image uploader :
You can click on any of your images and drag them about to rearrange the order, each image has a delete icon and a pencil icon for adding information. If you click the pencil icon, a box appears where you can enter things like a title, URL and a caption :
Once you are happy with your images, underneath is the settings box – in here you can enter a size, choose an effect and a speed for the slides. There is also an advanced options check box which will allow to delve further into the settings for things like keyboard & mouse navigation, pauses, randomize, set a slide to start with etc.
Once you are happy with everything, hit the “Publish” button. You can now place the slider in one of two ways – by using a short code which you can use in a post or page or by using some PHP code which you can place directly into a theme file.
Here is what the slider looks like in place :
If your theme is responsive, resizing the browser, you will see the slider change to match as well.
This is a pretty solid plugin – I found it really easy to set up, I like the fact there isnt a overbearing amount of options to configure to get going. Saying that, a couple of things I would like are – more transitions: at the moment there is only slider left or right and fade. The other thing is being able to pick a category (or tag) of posts to use for the slider, it could pick up the featured images used in your posts and use those, linking through to the post URL (like the slider on WPLift).
I especially liked the AJAX drag and drop sorting of images and the SEO features for adding title and descriptions for your slides – check it out if you need a good responsive slider for your WordPress site.
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