Update: The sale is now LIVE and is currently $27.00 until the plugin goes officially live.
Demo slideshow. Some of these images have text with links in them, some of the images are clickable, and some have both.
Since September/October time, I’ve tried out or looked at over 20 different image slider managers. These have either been WordPress plugins or standalone scripts.
If you look around you’ll see so many of these that I thought there must at least be ONE that does what I need, but can you believe NONE of them do?
All I wanted to do was to put in sliders at the top of some of my sales pages to rotate between screenshots and other banners, and also place a selection of clickable 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 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 there’s no plugin that does all of what we need.
There are plugins that allow me 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.
I think you can guess what’s coming?
I’ve had version 1 of a plugin called 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.
It’s dead simple to use, and we’re working on making it better with full image management and an AJAX/jQuery re-ordering method to make it all drag and drop for the next version.
But tomorrow, Tuesday 8th February 2011 at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST)…
You can get this first version with a free upgrade to the drag and drop version when we release it…
At a starting price of just $10.00 for the first 50 sales.