SlideDeck 2.2 update is here: massively faster loading & new CSS editor!24 Comments
We’ve wrestled, debated, whiteboarded and coded a bunch of your most-requested new features for SlideDeck, but the one thing we all immediately agreed on is that you guys shouldn’t have to wait for us to create one big update in order to get your hands on them. So we decided to do something a little different – this summer, we’re releasing the new features each month! We’re calling it the “Summer of SlideDeck” – mainly because it sounds cool, and not at all because we love belting out that similarly-titled Bryan Adams song in the shower…
Each update is free for valid license holders – all you guys need to do is update to the latest version of the plugin via your WordPress admin. If your license is close to expiring, or has already expired, you can renew now for 25 – 50% off!
In this month’s update, we’ve given SlideDeck a massive speed boost & a new CSS editor – learn more about them below!
Now loading up to 8x faster!
One of the most popular requests we’ve gotten from you guys is to make SlideDeck faster, and with good reason – what’s the use of putting 15 videos on the page, if it slows your users’ experience to a crawl? With the latest update, the slide content is only loaded on-demand (aka “lazy loaded”), meaning you can now build dozens of images and videos into your slider, without any impact on the page loading speed!
Implementing Lazy Loading
Here’s the best part – for the vast majority of you, all you need to do to put the pedal to the metal with your SlideDecks’ loading speed is update! This new feature will instantly be applied to all your existing SlideDecks!
If you’ve been pushing the envelope and creating your own Lenses, there are a couple of extra steps necessary, but fret not – we’re compiling a handy guide to implement lazy loading in custom Lenses. In the meantime, post a ticket in the support forum for help with updating your Lenses.
- I downloaded a premium lens (Classic, Fashion, Half-Moon, Polarad, Titles, Leather) and it does not show any images!
The problem here is likely that you’re on an older version of SlideDeck and are trying to use a lens that is lazy-loading compatible. The fix is simply to upgrade to the latest version.
- Lazy Loading doesn’t work/doesn’t make a difference!
This is due to a premium lens that was not upgraded to a lazy-loading compatible version - just log in to your DT account to grab the latest version! Alternatively, you might be using a custom lens that was not adjusted to take advantage of Lazy Loading yet. Fret not! Let us know via the support forum, and we’ll help you out.
Make it yours with the new CSS editor
Sometimes you just need to make a tiny adjustment to really get SlideDeck fitting in seamlessly with your theme, but that often means having to add a bunch of code either to your header, or even worse, to a specific page template. This is no longer necessary thanks to the new CSS Editor, available to Professional & Developer tier users! With this update, you can now enter CSS styles directly within the editing screen, and they’ll be applied to that particular SlideDeck. Better yet, you can still see the effect of your styles in the live preview area. Hassle-free styling is now within your reach – you’re welcome!
Next Month: Facebook + NextGen Gallery + more awesome
In addition to all this good stuff, we’ve been working on implementing support for two new Content Sources – Facebook Pages and NextGen Gallery! Keep ‘em peeled for more announcements on those. In the meantime, remember, you’ll need a valid license to get access to these awesome new features! If your license expires soon, or has already expired, renew now to make sure you don’t miss them!
Have you tried out the new features yet? Are you excited for next month’s release? Let us know in the comments!