SlideDeck2 Plugin Review - WPHub

SlideDeck2 is the next generation of sliders for WordPress. With this plugin Digital Telepathy has endeavored to push WordPress sliders to their full potential and showcase WordPress users’ content like no other plugin on the market. While SlideDeck made adding custom sliders to your WordPress site easier than ever, SlideDeck2 takes things to a whole other level by not only making it even easier than before but also by adding multiple content sources, custom layouts, html slides, and a whole new user experience design that’s a real pleasure to navigate.

SlideDeck2 Download & Install

Obviously the first step to downloading and installing SlideDeck2 is making a purchase. Once you’ve purchased the version of the plugin that’s right for you – Personal, Professional, or Developer – you will be emailed an order confirmation. That confirmation email will have a link to your new profile on Digital Telepathy where you will have access to both your plugin download and the license key you will need to activate SlideDeck2 after installation.

Once you have downloaded your SlideDeck2 zipped plugin file, go to your WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New > Upload and install the zipped file. When that’s finished, choose activate.

Upon installation you will notice two things. A new menu on your side bar and a red notification box telling you that a license key is needed for final activation.

Configuring SlideDeck2

The license key needed can be found in your Digital Telepathy profile. Simply copy the license key they provide and paste it into the appropriate section on the Advanced Options page of the plugin’s menu and click verify.

Once verified the plugin will be fully functional. Additionally you will notice a few other submenus besides Advanced Options. There’s the Addons page where you can upgrade your plugin to either the professional or developer license; there’s the Lenses page that allows you to upload or create new “skins” for your sliders; and then of course there is the Manage page where you can create and manage new sliders.

There are two types of SlideDecks: Dynamic Source SlideDecks and Custom Content SlideDecks. Dynamic Source SlideDecks pull content from other places online such as RSS feeds, social feeds, or image and video sharing accounts. Custom Content SlideDecks on the other hand are where each slide is comprised of content uploaded by the SlideDeck creator and can be an image, text, video, or html from slide to slide.

To create a new SlideDeck, all you have to do is click on the Create SlideDeck button next to the option you want. Here’s a Dynamic Source SlideDeck.

In this example we used Instagram as a content source. All that is required is that you sign in to your source account through SlideDeck2 and allow it to pull the content you choose. Once you click Apply you’ll instantly see a new SlideDeck populated with content from the feed you linked.

Once a SlideDeck has content you can begin playing with the many customization options provided.

When customizations are finished and the SlideDeck has the desired appearance simply click the Save SlideDeck button at the bottom of the page. The new SlideDeck will now appear on your Manage page where you can publish it when and where you want.

Now lets take a look at creating Custom Content SlideDecks. Similarly, we must first click on the Create SlideDeck button under the option Custom Content on the Manage page. We will then see a screen that looks like the one below. As you can see, each slide has four different media options.

For this example we chose to create four slides, one per type of custom content possible. You’ll notice an image slide, a text slide, a video slide, and an html slide.

As before, when finished customizing simply click on the Save SlideDeck button at the bottom of the page and this SlideDeck too will be made available to publish on the Manage page.

Publishing SlideDeck2

Publishing your SlideDeck is a snap. As mentioned above when you save a SlideDeck it appears in your Manage page. Clicking on the first icon titled Use This SlideDeck will bring up your publishing options, which are inserting your SlideDeck into an existing post or page just like any other image, to have the plugin create and launch a new post or page for you, or to copy and paste a custom shortcode into the section your site you’d like the SlideDeck to appear.

For example’s sake I chose method two as it was the fastest and within a few seconds I had a new page with my instagram SlideDeck published.

The process is the exact same for publishing Custom Content SlideDecks. As you can see, once published the Custom Content SlideDeck beautifully displays all four different content types.

Summary

The SlideDeck2 plugin gets two big thumbs up from us here at WPHub. As I mentioned right at the beginning, it was already a great plugin, but their added attention to user experience design makes navigating the plugin settings and tweaking slide designs just plain fun. Additionally, the new content types allows for unlimited flexibility. Granted, a lot of themes come with sliders built in and some people may wonder why a plugin like SlideDeck2 is so important. Well, it’s important for a number of reasons. Sure, each person may not need it to the same degree depending on what their theme provides, but with SlideDeck2 you’re able to choose exactly where you want a slider – whether that’s in the footer, sidebar, in-post, or on a page. Additionally, the ability to mix and match the content type is a perfect for showing off portfolio pieces or using specific types of content to tell different messages for a business or blog. When it comes down to it there’s just no other option that’s as simple, powerful, and well designed as SlideDeck2.