A Deck of Slides in Review

Have you ever encountered a situation where you discover that you have too many photos to use on your blog posts or website?  And to add to your dilemma, all of the photos are good ones.  That’s a good thing to a certain extent, but if you were to inundate your site or blog post with too many photos, it might take too slow to load and it will most certainly drive readers away.

I, for one, do have a tendency of ending up with too many photos, and I’m happy to say that I have finally found a great solution to displaying all of those photos in a neat and professional manner.

It’s called SlideDeck and I’m glad to have stumbled upon it, and here, I’m gonna let you know how I think SlideDeck is a excellent companion to have on any blog.

I downloaded the Lite version a few days ago (which is free) and have been playing around with it.  Slide Deck works as a WordPress plugin so installing it was a breeze, straight from the Plugins menu on the WordPress sidebar.  It is a jquery slider plugin, which enables between 3 to 10 embedded slides to be displayed in a “sliding” manner, for want of putting it in layman’s terms.  The slides can consist of anything at all: images, text, PDF files; think of it as having your very own slideshow on your website.

Here’s what you can do with this plugin:

  • Create a Recent Posts slidedeck to display posts that were recently published.
  • Create a Featured Posts slidedeck to display featured posts.  Once the plugin is installed, there is a little box beside each post which allows you to mark the post as a Featured one, should you choose to do so.

Both Recent Posts and Featured Posts slidedecks can be created using the Smart SlideDeck option.  Here’s a slidedeck I created for some Featured Posts from my blog:

All Waxed Off!
Posted 7 years ago

Well, maybe using a gorilla to convey the message is taking it a little too far, but just bear with me and look at it as a tongue-in-cheek image, okay?

If…

All Waxed Off!
Shrimp Aglio Olio
Posted 7 years ago

Hubbs and I are firm favorites of the Aglio Olio version of spaghetti, quite simply put, Spaghetti cooked with garlic (Aglio) and oil (Olio).  We've always loved the Shrimp Aglio…

My Version of Shrimp Aglio Olio
Yogurt and Oatmeal Mask
Posted 7 years ago

I've always loved natural products.  Homemade ones are even better.  So I decided to try making my own facial mask a few days ago...after all, how difficult could it be?

Back…

Me-Time Luxuries: Yogurt and Oatmeal Facial M…
I Love You … but I Hate You
Posted 7 years ago

My dear Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock... when you came into my life, you were like a breath of fresh air.  I had read rave reviews of how you've successfully…

I Love You … but I Hate You
Operation Reorganize Dresser
Posted 7 years ago

Last Sunday, I decided to undergo a long-postponed project, which was to reorganize my dresser.  Technically speaking, I do not own the entire dresser space, as some of it is…

Operation Reorganize Dresser
My attempt at Homemade Char Siew
Posted 8 years ago

I used to make char siew (barbecued pork) at home using the char siew sauce bought from the stores.  But it had been some time since I last did that,…

My attempt at Homemade Char Siew
Revelation and Promise
Posted 10 years ago

My maternity leave officially ended yesterday, the fourth of May.  This time round, the 60 days seemed to pass by faster.  Perhaps it is because I am juggling many more…

The revelation and promise
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Not too bad, eh?

Other things which I think SlideDeck would prove useful for:

  • Headers in Websites or Blogs
  • Photo Montages
  • Pictorial step-by-step for recipes or tutorials
  • Cartoons
  • Online Presentations

The created slidedeck can be placed anywhere on the blog/site, or even inserted directly into the template files.  It is definitely a unique and professional way of sprucing up your website.

I wished the fonts and font sizes on the slidedecks were customizable though, because I find that sometimes they seem too big.  Well, perhaps they are…in SlideDeck Pro. Heh…

Have you heard of SlideDeck or are you currently using it?

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One Response to A Deck of Slides in Review

  1. Adino says:

    First time hearing about this plugin, but it looks wonderful! Would certainly be useful when trying to post vacation pics or blog about an event.

    If slidedeck comes as a wordpress plugin, it could be possible to adjust the font size and font via coding.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh yeah..why didn’t I think of editing the code? Oh right..it’s cos I don’t like programming…LOL

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