SlideDeck 2 – Your Questions Answered

SlideDeck 2 – Your Questions Answered

We’re very excited about the release of SlideDeck 2 for WordPress. During the haze of excitement, we realized that we could have done a better job explaining what the release of SlideDeck 2 means for our current users.

I’ll do my best to answer the questions we have encountered most. I will also be keeping this post updated during the first weeks of launch. I encourage you to post additional questions in the comments.

Why did we make SlideDeck 2?
After 2 years of building and supporting SlideDeck, we’ve learned a surprising amount about content sliders. Until recently, probably the biggest insights we’ve had are 1). sliders are still difficult to create and maintain without in-depth coding expertise, and also that 2). the vast majority of the slider plugins out there only accommodate images, despite the wealth of different types of content people are creating on the web today.

Following our conviction that good design should be made available to everyone, we set out to create a WordPress slider plugin that anyone with content could use. We wanted to simplify the process of creating a content slider, and to eliminate the need to laboriously format each slide individually.

Why is SlideDeck 2 only for WordPress?
A number of reasons: firstly, because we love WordPress. Given our experience with creating the original SlideDeck plugin, and its sister product Hello Bar, we’re very familiar with the huge range of possibilities that WordPress offers to plugin developers. In addition, its popularity meant that we would have the opportunity to help a significant chunk of web users by building for the platform.

Based on our goals for the product, WordPress gave us the framework we needed to enable anyone to create functionally complex, yet beautiful content sliders. We choose not to update the jQuery version with the SlideDeck 2 features in order to maintain a powerful and flexible solution for developers to create highly customizable SlideDecks for any website.

What are the main differences between SlideDeck 1 and 2 for WordPress?
SlideDeck 1 is aimed towards users that want to create their own WordPress sliders from scratch. The default design is a horizontal slider with a spine-based navigation. The slide content is sourced from the WordPress WYSIWYG editor or custom HTML. Design is customized using the preset skins or creating your own.

SlideDeck 2 is aimed towards users that want to organize and remix their existing content from all over the web on their own site. It features 3 layers of design:

  1. Deck types (Post, Image, Video, Social or Feed) allow you to choose the highly configurable frame and functionality of your SlideDeck.
  2. Content sources (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube…etc) allow you to pull in content dynamically from the web or manually from your WordPress media library.
  3. Finally, Lenses provide the beautiful and customizable presentation layer that makes your content look awesome, and seamlessly blend into your WordPress site

Check out the How it Works page for more details on using SlideDeck 2.

The great thing is that SlideDeck 1 and 2 are built to work together. You can keep your SlideDeck 1 installed to maintain your past decks while creating new decks with SlideDeck 2.

Will there be a free version of SlideDeck 2 for WordPress?
Our goal was to create a complete commercial product first. It is likely that we will release a free version directly to the WordPress plugin directory.

Can I see an example of SlideDeck 2 in action?
You can check out some live SlideDecks on the examples page. A few 3rd party guides later this week, which I will share once available.

What happened to SlideDeck Pro for jQuery?
It’s still available for purchase. You can find the dedicated website here: SlideDeck.js. Please note that the latest version is 1.3.5 and does not contain many of the SlideDeck 2 for WordPress features.

Will there be a SlideDeck 2 for jQuery?
We do not have development plans for this yet as we have our hands full with SD 2 for WordPress.

Is there an FAQ for Slidedeck 2?
Yes, we are working on populating it right now. You can access it here: SlideDeck 2 FAQ

Does SlideDeck 2 feature spines?
Not yet. We may create a lens in the future with the classic tabbed spine style from SlideDeck 1. However, with the create lens feature, you can build any type of lens that you choose. A full guide on building your own lens will be released next month.

Does SlideDeck 2 feature vertical slides?
Yes, there are a few lenses that feature vertical slides.

Can I get a package deal on SlideDeck 2 and SlideDeck Pro for jQuery?
Yes, on the bottom of the checkout page, you have the option to add SlideDeck Pro for jQuery to your purchase with a discount.

Can SlideDeck 2 handle mixed sources (i.e. Images and Video)?
Technically, not yet. We’ve gotten a lot of requests for this feature, so expect it in a future release. For now, you can use a tool like Yahoo! Pipes to blend your video/image RSS sources into one feed and use that as your FeedDeck source.

What content sources are available with SlideDeck 2?

 Your Posts
 Your Media Library
 Dailymotion Videos
 Flickr Photos
 Google+ Public Posts
 Google+/Picasa Images
 List of video URLs
 Vimeo Videos
 Twitter Timeline/Search


Pro Users

Where do I get support for SlideDeck 2?
We’ve built a new community to support SlideDeck 2. It can be found here: SlideDeck 2 Support. Please note that you will need your login that was created on the purchase of SlideDeck 2.

Is SlideDeck Pro 1.x for jQuery still supported?

How long will SlideDeck 1.x for WordPress be supported
We will be supporting SlideDeck 1.x for at least the next 6 months. At that point, we will perform a review of the usage of the product and make a decision on future support based on users needs.

Where is the documentation?
Believe or not, SlideDeck 2 for WordPress is very intuitive to use. We built in a demo for setting up your first SlideDeck and have plenty of tooltips to explain the features. However, we are working on more detailed documentation for the next few weeks, including the details on creating your own lenses.

Why is the price lower?
Some of our users only use jQuery and some only use WordPress so we wanted to provide a more affordable options.

Is there an upgrade discount available for SlideDeck Pro 1.x users?
Yup, you should have received an email with a 20% discount code. If not, please request one by contacting us.

Will my SlideDeck 1.x account work with SlideDeck 2?
No. We built a new account system, so just create a new account on the SlideDeck 2 checkout page. Make sure to use your discount in step 2 beforehand. If you do not plan on upgrading to SlideDeck 2, you do not need a new account at this time.

How do upgrades work once I purchase SlideDeck 2?
You will get a special price if you have already purchased a SlideDeck 2 package and would like to upgrade to any other license package. Request one by contacting us.

I know there must be many more questions. Please post them below in the comments.

65 Comments on “SlideDeck 2 – Your Questions Answered

  1. We have renewed our license to update the plugin but it doesn’t show an update button in wp, and when we try to access to download the most recent version, we get a white page with this error:

    “No input file specified.”

    Please solve asap and email us. Thanks.

  2. Hello, I’ve just migrate to a new domain, before the website was parked in

    Now the plugin shows me the slides, but i can not change them.
    Is in “only-read” mode, also is impossible to create a new slide.

    Please can I have support?

    thank you in advance

  3. Hello,

    I’m trying to move my slides from a staging site to the live site – can’t seem to get it to work and can’t find a guide from you guys on doing it. Is it possible?


    • Hi Sophia – you simply need to install the plugin on your live site, then make sure that you copy over your license activation key.

  4. Hi,

    Is there a way to have the title shown at the bottom of the spine instead of numbers or letters? I’ve seen it before but since I’m beginner with CSS and such, I don’t know what to write.

    • Hi Ariane – you can definitely hide the slide number in the spines in the options, under the Navigation panel. As for positioning the spine title, no, we currently don’t support that, although you could customize it with some custom CSS.

    • Hey Seth

      No – SlideDeck 2 is a completely separate plugin from SlideDeck 1, so unfortunately there’s no direct way to transfer your SlideDecks.

  5. Hi – I am trying to find a way to save a default for slide settings, such as no caption, auto 100%, no scale. However, the default given does not allow for this as I can see. I have to go in each time and manually change it.

    Also, is there any way to apply the same default settings to a series of slides?

    Thank you,
    University of Maine

  6. I am trying to add Titles and captions to the nav-button thumbnails on slide deck in WordPress, but have been unsuccessful. Any feedback or clarity would be greatly appreciated.

  7. I have just bought the slidedeck two and it wont even install into my wordpress. There is nothing wrong with my internet and ive install 2 other plugins just now and still awaiting slidedeck to install its over 25 minutes now. i guess its not going to install at all.
    Its not as good as your making it out to be.

    • Hi Karen

      You can update SlideDeck from the Plugins section of WordPress, just like any other plugin. =)


  8. Yaman- While we’d love for all SlideDeck 2 features to render consistently across all browsers, we are unable to provide support for some of the more robust features in IE8 (and previous versions) browsers and as a result, some advanced features may not work correctly.

  9. Our designer recommended slide deck and we love how it looks on our website. We have a question about how to load pictures the way we want them to appear. Is it as straight foward as doing it the order we want them. We are having trouble with our Word Press. It could be how the designer intgrated slide deck into our site. We have to do a new post for each picture. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appeciated.

    • Yes, but they are lenses now (and are much more powerful). You can use the lens page to duplicate an existing lens or create a new lens from scratch. Once created you can use our built in editors to customize the lens. I’ll warn that you’ll need to know your CSS and and JavaScript pretty well to be productive in this area.

  10. Can slide deck 2 be configured to be fluid? We have a responsive site design and would like it to scale with the site.

    • Hi Greg

      Not just yet, although it’s definitely something we’re looking at.


  11. Just made a purchase… but the download link you sent keeps returning -> “Sorry something has gone wrong with your download!” I submitted a ticket a bit ago… but could really use a quick fix.

    • We are considering it right now. We wanted to nail the content source based slider first. You can still use SD 1.x for WP or jQuery to accomplish the custom work.

  12. Ok, so i found the fact that you can display the slide title, and add a link to that.
    I don’t want the title to be displayed over my beautiful images :) Is there any way to directly link the image, without going into hardcoding the plugin or applying all sorts of CSS tricks?
    I really appreciate all the work that has been put into this, but come on, this is a simple but yet killer feature that should have been made simple and easy to edit.


    • You are in luck. We just pushed an update that allows you to link the images with no title. The option is in the “content” section below the live preview. Make sure you update the SD2 plugin first.

  13. How can i add a custom slidedeck?
    I want to add images from my media gallery but ALSO to link some of them to pages and posts from my website. Is that possible? Seems like a simple straight-forward thing but i don’t know how to do it.


    • Yes. There are 3 preset options (small, medium and large) as well the ability to completely customize the pixel dimensions.

  14. I see below that you can keep 1 & 2 running simultaneously, but I’d rather not.

    If you replace 1 with 2 are your decks maintained (though they may understandably need reformatting)?

    Is there a free-form deck in 2, i.e. one that you can just add slides by typing text and adding images, like a regular post, as in v1?

    • If you remove SD 1, you will lose access to your SD1 Decks. SD2 does not include a freeform Deck to use the WP editor or HTML at this point.

  15. Hi Ang,

    You do not need to replace SD1. They can work in parallel. So all you need to do is follow the instructions on the welcome email to install the plugin. Here are the details from the email:

    As with most other WordPress plugins, simply log into your Admin area, go to “Plugins » Add New”, and choose the “Upload” view. Select the zip file you downloaded from us, and hit “Install Now”.

    Once the process is finished, visit the Advanced Options screen, paste in the activation key you received in your receipt email, and click ‘Verify’. You’re all set!

  16. hi – i received my link to upgrade to SD2. What I can’t seem to find is any specific step by step instructions for upgrading – other than ‘replace the files’. But the files look different. If you could send me a link for instructions -t hat would be great. thanks!

  17. Hey Kenneth,

    We’ll take a look at it for you. Could you post the issue in the support forums (we want to focus on specific SD 2 questions for 1.x users here). If you log into your account, you can hit the Support tab or go directly here and login:

  18. I can’t enable SlideDeck 2 – the ‘Verify’ button does nothing, and if I try to “update options” on the advanced options page my license key is wiped from the field (which is frustrating, because when this page is reloaded I see it says “waiting” under the license key field as if it it contacting the server to verify)?

    • Hi Kenneth,
      This is an issue affecting a few users that we’re currently working on, but if you manually upgrade your plugin by visiting and downloading the latest version (2.0.20120323) you should be able to save the license key and it won’t get wiped out.

  19. Sorry for my bad english skills…no, I didn’t buy, I was still planning to do so. However, it *looks* like I can achieve the same with SD2 as with SD1 Smartdecks…your screens look promising, so I think I will give it a try and buy it tomorrow :)

  20. Jonny – If you bought SD 1.x Pro after 2/19/12, you are eligible for a free upgrade to SD 2. Just message us here with your order #:

    I’m not clear on your questions about about specific posts or Smart SDs. The PostDeck and FeedDeck add a ton of functionality, options and interface.

    Here are some interface settings for the PostDeck:

    Here are some of the playback options:

  21. Just a few days ago I was trying out SD1, built a SmartDeck, and decided to upgrade to Pro. Now SD2 released and it seems to me that it comes with not only different features, but also rendering it difficult to e.g. simply slide specific posts or create a Smartdeck with no effects but sliding and a next/previous link. I wonder if I buy SD2 will I end up with a totally different product I was searching for (?). Not mourning about SD2, but can it do all the stuff that SD1 did? ;)

  22. @developer82, I assume you are referring to a feature that many ecommerce sites use to show product images? If so, at this time we do not have that feature built in, however, you may be able to implement it with a 3rd party tool.

  23. Does SlideDeck2 have a feature that allows for a Magnifying Glass to zoom in on details of an image that is part of the slide?

  24. Thanks for your super-fast response. I have one more question regarding purchase of limited sites license.
    Is this possible to test Slidedeck 2 somehow before assigning to a target domain? How the limited sites licensing works?

  25. You will pay the difference or even a bit less depending on the upgrade. Once you purchase and are logged in, the prices will reflect the upgrade price.

  26. How much I will pay if, after purchasing single site license, I decide to upgrade for multi or unlimited sites licence. Will I pay dhe difference in price or more?

  27. Joshua – SlideDeck 1.x for WordPress is no longer available. So unfortunately you will need to stick with the Free version. You can upgrade to SlideDeck 2, but keep in mind that it builds SlideDecks in a different way so you may not be able to perfectly reproduce your current SlideDecks.

  28. I have downloaded the free Slide Deck 1 and integrated it into my site. Can I now upgrade to remove the logo link automatically or do I have to go back and replace all the Slide Decks in the code once it’s purchased?

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