When I recently went through a site redesign, one of my bigger goals was to have really succinct, beautiful slideshows in the features section and body of my posts, but had some difficulty finding ones that were easy to use without too many hangups.
Pooling my fellow bloggers on what they use would have certainly expedited the research and trial and error process, but at least those of you who are considering using slideshows now have a great resource to reference when selecting a slideshow. Below are five slideshow plugins that have gotten the thumbs up from fellow bloggers, including myself, along with some important aspects to be mindful of, before installing and using:
Used by: Kristin Booker of Fashion.Style.Beauty “I use NextGEN Gallery, and it's great. I think slideshows are the best within the body of the posts, particularly when you have events and items that require a lot of photos that would clutter a regular post, like Fashion Week, special event photos and look books from brands. It's great for visual impact and it helps with traffic as well.”
Used by: Karen Klopp of What2WearWhere
“We use the WordPress Slideshow Plugin, as we find it intuitive to load. We keep it on the homepage and haven't inserted it into the posts to-date. I think slideshows in advertising are particularly effective and eye catching.” Note: this plugin hasn't been updated in two years.
Used by: Me
I use this slideshow on one of my websites using WordPress, not on the main homepage, but on another tab/page, which works well since it pulls in all of the images on the post/page as a slideshow. It's super easy to install and set up, and works nicely with lo-res pics without stretching/distorting them. The only downside is that the plugin hasn't been updated in two years, so if it isn't working properly or you have a question about tweaking it, you may be on your own. Also, you need to move your mouse over the slideshow and click for it to move; otherwise a site visitor might not realize it is has a slideshow feature, opposed to being just one, static image.