Slidedeck Plugin Helps Make Your Website Dance

by · July 19, 20126 comments

We’re not big on writing about widgets or plugins here much, but every now and then one comes along that is well done, makes sense and could be useful to you. We found such an animal recently with Slidedeck, a WordPress plug-in that allows you to turn your social content into dynamic slideshows.

These are the neat slideshows that you’ll find as the above-the-fold, graphic bell-and-whistle on super cool websites like GoToExplore.co. (Shameless plug, though that slideshow is built into the theme we use there, not using this particular plugin.)

A couple of things make Slidedeck worth telling you about. First, you can build the slide show you want into your masthead, sidebar or even as content within blog posts, etc. But more impressively, it allows you to use your social content as the content in the slideshow.

For instance, you can set up a slideshow of your latest blog headlines so that you promote your content more dynamically, even bringing in the images from the post into the display. You could also make your slideshow point people to your posts on Facebook, images on Instagram or even Tweets. And you can mix and match the content contained in your slideshow as well.

There are other slideshow-type plugins out there but they make you edit or customize each slide. You can do that in Slidedeck, but you don’t have to if you just want to pull in your social content or blog RSS feed and go.

It’s easy to set up and customize, even. So it’s worth looking at.

Slidedeck is a paid product. A one-site license will run you $49. There are increases for developer licenses, etc. So, it’s not a freebie, but the customization and look-and-feel it brings to your site may just be worth it.

Check it out at Slidedeck.com.

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About Jason Falls

Jason Falls

Jason Falls is a leading thinker, speaker and strategist in the world of digital marketing and is co-author of two books, No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing and The Rebel's Guide To Email Marketing. By day, he leads digital strategy for Elasticity, one of the world's most innovative digital marketing and public relations firms. Follow him on Twitter (@JasonFalls).

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  • http://allmarketingsolutions.co.uk/social-media-marketing-services Ayaz

    Hi Jason! I have already used that plugin its was fabulous but from last few months its working as it used to and its now not a free plugin anymore I guess. 

    Did you use it ?

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      I played with a demo site and built a few slides. But I am not presently using it myself. Thinking about ways to do so, however.

  • http://ariherzog.com/ Ari Herzog

    My first question is how a WP plugin that incorporates moving images would increase the load time for visitors. I also wonder how distracting it would be when you want visitors to read your posts.

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      Both good questions, Ari. Maybe Jason from Slidedeck will have some thoughts there.

  • http://twitter.com/NAPPMEMBER_UK Dave Clayton

    Hi – as your site is built on the thesis theme – have you tried this plugin in thesis yet.

    I am reading that thesis and slidedeck aren’t happy bedfellows ?Thanks

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      I personally have not. I’d refer to their support docs or perhaps the WordPress forums to see if there are major issues. Thesis can be sticky with a lot of plugins though. We’ve had our fair share of crashes and the like implementing a few over the years.