Slider Manager Weekend Sale

16 December 2011

Offer Closed

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Small demo slideshow – you can make the images as large as you like.  Some of these images have text with links in them, some of the images are clickable, and some have both.  You can change the speed, controls displayed, and also have a choice of animations between slides.

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Before creating this plugin, I tried out or looked at over 20 different image slider managers.  These were either WordPress plugins or standalone scripts.

If you look around yourself you’ll see so many of these that I thought there must at least be ONE that does what I need, but I could hardly believe it when I found that NONE of them do…

All I wanted to do for some of my sites was to be able to insert sliders at the top of some of my pages that would rotate between banners and screenshots, and also allow me to place a selection of different slider ads in my sidebar that only occupied one position and showed a different ad every few seconds.

I also wanted the slider images to optionally display text and HTML with clickable links.

I wanted to be able to make the whole slider image itself clickable so I could put “Click Here” graphics on the image.

And finally I wanted it to work with any theme.

That’s not a big requirement is it?  But the small list of things I need the plugin to do are VERY useful to us marketers.

Here’s the thing. I’ve found that until creating this that there’s no plugin that does all of what we need.  There are plugins that will allow us to add ONE slider to a page or post, but not multiple sliders.

There are comprehensive plugins that do image gallery management and display, but not sliders.

There are plugins that allow clickable links OR clickable images, but not both.

There are plugins that only work by editing the theme code and pasting in some PHP.

And so on.  I don’t think ANY of the sliders worked with widgets.

It’s almost unbelievable isn’t it?  But I’ve seen this same issue time and time again.

Developers write code for other developers.  Most developers don’t get or understand (or even want to) marketing.

Developers miss the little subtleties that we marketers require.  And it’s the little things that make the difference between what works and generates additional revenue for us, and what ends up as frustration.

So…

I had Slider Manager developed, and it does ALL the things we need most of all from a slider.

My #1 priority in developing this was to get it working and keep it simple.  Sometimes you can’t avoid complicated, but I try to avoid it wherever possible.

So what you can do is create multiple sliders (groups) and of course multiple images within each slider.

Within each slider group, you specify the width and height, pause and animation time, and a selection of animation effects.

Each image can have text and a HTML link added to it, or you can make the image clickable.  Or BOTH.  ;-)

When you save the slider group it generates a short code tag that you can then add anywhere in your POSTS and PAGES and also in your TEXT WIDGETS!

Hurrah!

-Frank Haywood

12 Responses to “Slider Manager Weekend Sale”

  1. Jack says:

    Hi Frank

    I’ve been looking for a plugin like this, just like you. Nice.

    One question. I just wanted to make sure about the sizing.
    I can make the slider full width of my page, or size it down
    to whatever width I want, correct?
    There’s a width and height setting to do this? Square, or long
    and skinny?

    Thanks
    Jack

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Jack,

      Yes when you create the slider, you get to specify the dimensions. You then just need to make sure all your images are the same size. ;-)

      -Frank

  2. James Dunn says:

    I bought this from Frank some time back. It’s very easy to set up and quite simple to configure. Works like a champ without a bunch of fuss or muss. Soooooo much better than all the others I’ve looked at.

    Hey Frank, one thing that would be useful (and I don’t know if you can do it or not) is the ability to use this without a shortcode. I know, I know, that’s an unusual request, but I’ve built a site for someone that uses a “Deals” style plugin and it’s not built to accept shortcodes in the deals section so I’m very limited on how much “styling” I can do in the deals section. The developer is looking at what it would take to add it, but for now I’d love to be able to get around it. Any ideas?

    JDD

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi James,

      I like simple, me. :roll:

      Yeah that is an unusual request, but I understand why you want it. We had the same request with the WordPress AutoResponder.

      So if we made it so that you could use a bit of javascript or some other HTML, would that do it do you think? I’ll go ask my developer.

      -Frank

  3. Dave Woolsey says:

    Hi Frank,

    Looks great!
    I’m off to buy.

    My thoughts,
    When & if you up date it I’d like to see a choice of frames or boarders we could select
    to put around the images. I think it would give it a little more finished/polished look.

    Anyway……Thanks A lot!
    Dave

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Dave,

      Yeah that’s a good idea, I’ll ask about that too. What you could do in the meantime is add a border directly to the images when you’re preparing them.

      I’ll see what we can do.

      -Frank

    • Hi,

      Yes Dave. This is a really good suggestion. I always have problems with all these decoration issues. You know: Alignment (floating), borders.

      I think that the best solution would be the use of styles.

      Please, take a look at this example of a nice style applied (drop shadow) to an image container:

      http://www.joaquimferrer.com/

      It would be nice to be able to easily apply these kind of effects from the editor without coding as well as choosing floating options. Not preview would be necessary, just a drop-down menu with samples to choose from.

      Regarding shortcodes, I agree completly. Maybe it could be possible to create a new plugin for this purpose: “PG Shortcode Manager Toolbar”. Im thinking about a solution to associate Icons with shortcodes so we dont have to remember them, not only for PG plugins but for any shortcode we might need to use frequently.

      All the best,
      Diego

  4. Bernard Nelsen says:

    Hi Frank I love the idea of this plugin and I purchased it but cant find any instructions. How do I use it?

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Bernard,

      Unzip it and you’ll find a PDF in there. ;-)

      -Frank

  5. Mike Moore says:

    Cool plugin Frank! Have you tested with WP 3.3 ?

    • Frank Haywood says:

      Hi Mike,

      Yes we tested it today and it works a treat. ;-)

      -Frank

  6. Hi Frank,

    nice piece of software!

    Haven’t installed it yet but might be interested in a developer licence.

    Wishing you great holidays

    Detlev
    (Bonn, Germany)