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:
- Deck types (Post, Image, Video, Social or Feed) allow you to choose the highly configurable frame and functionality of your SlideDeck.
- Content sources (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube…etc) allow you to pull in content dynamically from the web or manually from your WordPress media library.
- 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?
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.