A lot more themes are going responsive these days as some other popular sliders just aren’t viable anymore. As we are looking for a jQuery slider with all the features you’d expect – multiple transitions, admin interface, etc. We stumbled upon the Soliloquy slider, which looks promising.
Soliloquy is one of the most recommended jQuery sliders for WordPress. We are here to share the following in-depth information about Soliloquy. Its key feature list with its pros and cons up to the installation and setup process. If you are looking for one, you can tune in by reading the entire article.
Created by Thomas Griffin, the man behind the OptinMonster and Envira Gallery, Soliloquy was born. As a solution for jQuery sliders, it is one of the most renowned WordPress slider plugins that are available on the WordPress repository. With over 1 million downloads, Soliloquy continuously helps small businesses, companies, and even bloggers to create a beautiful and responsive slider. Surprisingly, the plugin doesn’t slow down your website and is even responsive not only on browsers. With the growing amount of mobile users, it is now made possible by Soliloquy. Site visitors can now seam effortlessly through your website as it is fully optimized on mobile devices as well.
The Soliloquy plugin offers a Lite version which is ideal for users who want to try out the product first. If the product serves them well, you can unleash the full power of this plugin by upgrading the plugin. Don’t worry as Soliloquy offers different upgrade plans that you can choose from. Even lifetime plans are offered here. Without breaking the bank, Soliloquy promises to provide a quality slider product.
- Personal – $17 per year. A great entry plan, ideal for starters
- Multi – $44 per year. Ideal for power users who crave to do more.
- Developer – $89 per year. This is the most popular plan offered. It includes everything you need to create the perfect slider.
- Lifetime – $269 one time pay. This is a lifetime VIP Plan which is perfect for professional users.
In addition to that, Soliloquy also offers a 100% no-risk money-back guarantee good for 14 days.
Soliloquy Key Features
- Ease of use with its drag & drop builder which is perfect for beginners up to experts
- The sliders are mobile friendly.
- Has a good amount of pre-built templates that you can use to configure your sliders
- Allows to transform your WordPress slider into carousel
- You can add Pinterest and Instagrams to your slider for a more dynamic image of sliders
- Allows to set schedules on each slider on specific time intervals.
- Right clicks are disabled to avoid site visitors from downloading the images.
- Add custom CSS and styles to your WordPress sliders
- Thumbnails can be used as a navigation for the sliders
- Featured content slider is also available for your posts, pages or custom post types.
- WooCommerce ready
- The codes are well-documented so it doesn’t slow down your website
- Cheaper price for the upgraded version compared to other slider plugins offered in the market
- The Lite version doesn’t do much
- The plugin hasn’t been updated since 90 days
Soliloquy Installation & Setup
Install The Plugin
Once you have purchased the plugin, log in to your account on your WordPress and download the plugin. Then, on your WordPress admin, visit “Plugins” > “Add New” > “Upload” and upload the file.
After uploading the file, you can now Activate the plugin and you will see a new menu item called “Soliloquy”. It can be seen on the left side of your WordPress dashboard.
Configure The Plugin
The first thing to do is visit the menu item by going to “Settings” and you will see a box to enter your license key. Enter the license key provided and verify the License Key. By doing so, you can now proceed by configuring the plugin.
Adding a Slider
To add your first slider, visit the “Add New” menu item which will show various options you can configure. Upload the images that you want to use or add to the slider.
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By adding images, you can simply drag and drop all the images at once.
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.
Now that you are done with the images, you can see the settings box below. Here, you can enter a size, choose an effect, and the speed for the slides. There is also an advanced options check box that will allow you to delve further into the settings for things like keyboard & mouse navigation, pauses, randomization, set a slide to start with, etc. Soliloquy gives you a lot of options for your sliders. There are different settings you can tweak on which are the Configuration Settings, Mobile Settings, and Miscellaneous Settings.
After adjusting the settings on its different parts, click on the Publish button. You can also place the slider by – using a short code that you can use in a post or page, or by using some PHP code that you can place directly into a theme file. To see the shortcodes, access the slider admin page and you will see a box on the right side with codes. This is ideal for developers, and even for starters.
Overall, this is a pretty solid plugin – we found it really easy to set up. We like the fact there isn’t an overbearing amount of options to configure to get going. Saying that a couple of things we would like are – more transitions: at the moment there is only a 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 also pick up the featured images used in your posts and use those, linking through to the post URL (like the slider on WPLift).
We are impressed with the AJAX drag and drop sorting of images and the SEO features for adding titles and descriptions for your slides. Feel free to check it out if you need a good responsive slider for your WordPress site.