A while back, I wrote about WP Theme Generator, a website where you could design and download your own WordPress theme in minutes. Now, the people behind that site have come up with a new creation for creating sliders, under the same premise of designing the slider right on their site and seeing it come together. It’s called jQuery Slider Shock.
On the site’s front page, there are sixteen pre-built themes that you can click on to preview them. I initially thought you would have been able to then either use those demos as they are, or pre-load the options into the editor to modify it for your needs. It doesn’t appear that you can do that, so that’s a shame, but it at least gives you an idea of the different things you can do.
Editing your slider
Once you’re ready to start playing with the editor, you can click the Build Your Own button and start tinkering. There’s an awful lot of options, enabling you to configure every minute detail of the slider. You can perceive that one of two ways: it’s great for control freaks and for people who are very particular about how they want their site to look, but it could be a bit overwhelming for someone looking to put together a quick slider.
You can pretty much edit every single aspect of the slider, including:
- Background pattern
- Timing and effects
- Size, margins and caption location
- The frame and the arrows
- Colors for the background, titles and content
- Different fonts for each element
- Choose from specific size, or responsive size
The slider content
You can also choose where the slider get its content from, including from a particular category, taxonomy, or post type, as well as external feeds, such as YouTube, Flickr, Instagram or Twitter. This is a somewhat unique feature, which can help you showcase your work from places other than your own site. If you select a particular taxonomy, category or post type, you just set the featured image on each post, and that will be the image used in the slider. You can then go on to specify what should be used for the caption, including the title, description, author and date.
Integrating with WordPress
The slider comes with documentation to help you get it to do what you need it to. If you have no joy with that, you can always get in touch with the developers for support.
The developers have gone for a freemium model with jQuery Slider Shock, meaning you are welcome to download a free version for personal use, but it has certain limitations, such as limited effects and skins, and the inability to use the external sources in the slider. However, for a good number of people, I’m betting that the free version will serve them well enough.
Beyond that, you have the option of licensing the slider, to unlock all of the features. The prices range from $19 for a single site, to $99 for a developer license. The prices really are quite reasonable and the WYSIWYG editor is really nice for people who don’t want to spend the time editing a slider themselves to get these highly customized sliders.