Massive new MetaSlider update now gives users access to professional slider themes

Massive new MetaSlider update now gives users access to professional slider themes

We’re committed to MetaSlider remaining the most popular WordPress slider plugin so we have been hard at work for months, developing some incredible new features that we’re thrilled to finally get to share with you.

MetaSlider now has 11 stunning new professional slider themes. They are wonderful, adding and switching instant style to any slider, and we’re sure you’ll love these as much as we do.

The best part is, if you’re a MetaSlider user, you can have full access to all of these themes completely free of charge.

Furthermore, if you buy the MetaSlider Addon Pack you can create your own slider themes, so they look exactly how you want them to.

Here’s a brief outline of the new themes. Have a browse and then jump right in and start having fun playing around with different looks.

New MetaSlider themes:

Cubic: a simple, slick square design that looks good on darker images.

Outline: a clean, subtle theme that features block arrows and bold design.

Bubble: a fun, circular design to brighten up your website. This works well with dark images.

Simply Dark: a minimalistic, no-frills design that blends in well with most themes.

Jenga: a smart-looking theme with a quirky vertical focus.

Disjoint: a futuristic, linear design that goes will with a dark background.

Blend: a simple theme that neatly blends into any existing website.

Precognition: a theme with special additional functionality that uses image titles as the slide navigation.

Radix: a unique design, clean and sophisticated.

Highway: a bold and clear design that works well on darker images.

The Architekt: a minimalist theme that gives all the attention to your beautiful images.

All of these wonderful new themes are available right now as part of our MetaSlider plugin. To help you choose which theme best enhances your current web design, there’s even a preview feature, so you can test them out on the theme viewer. What’s more, it even allows advanced users to programmatically apply their own themes to slideshows.

MetaSlider is available for download here here.  Sign up and download it to your WordPress website today. And let the fun begin…

Visit MetaSlider for further updates and information about MetaSlider.

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MetaSlider introduces ‘slider blocks’ for Gutenberg

MetaSlider introduces ‘slider blocks’ for Gutenberg

The world’s most popular slider plugin for WordPress, MetaSlider, today released a “slider block” for the highly anticipated Gutenberg WordPress editing experience.

Many people are wondering how MetaSlider will work with the new platform and if we have made efforts to make the two compatible.   Short answer – yes, and you can download the new release today.

What is Gutenberg?

The Gutenberg editor is being designed to make the process of building a website in WordPress even simpler and more intuitive so that just about anyone can publish content, regardless of whether they have any technical knowledge or are able to write code.

Gutenberg works by taking away the need for inconsistent ways of creating custom content, by creating various types of content blocks (e.g. text, videos, images, quotes, etc). Users are able to add blocks individually, filling each one with content as they go along and then positioning them in exactly the right position.

Gutenberg will be much more in line with modern coding standards and aligned with open web initiatives. Gutenberg will soon become a part of the WordPress core, replacing TinyMCE as the default content editor on every up-to-date WordPress website. If all goes to plan, it will be a revolutionary innovation that will change everything about website-building for the better.

How the MetaSlider block option will look in Gutenberg

How is UpdraftPlus adapting MetaSlider for Gutenberg?

Whilst most of our plugins work on the backend, MetaSlider is meant to be inserted in the content.

Our vision is to give our users the best experience when creating simple or feature rich slideshows, and to eventually allow them to manage them completely where they need them: in the editor.

The traditional short code method still works, but it’s not very user friendly. With the arrival of Gutenberg, managing complex content doesn’t have to be done using complicated sub-programming anymore. We can insert a block, and voilà, a slideshow is a couple of clicks away, just like a simple image or a paragraph of text.

We’ve been following Gutenberg’s progress closely, testing and reporting bugs, and we’ve now released our first version of MetaSlider to include a Slider Block for Gutenberg.

The MetaSlider block allows you to easily add any of your existing slideshows anywhere on the page, and to preview them inline with your post, like you would expect. No more copy-pasting of short codes. Insert a block, select the slideshow from the list, and the preview loads.

While allowing users to manage their slideshows from the editor is our aim (e.g. add and edit slideshows), it will take Gutenberg some time to become mature, and we want to wait further to include more powerful editing functions to our block.

An added feature of MetaSlider Premium is the ability to add a scheduler slider that will activate and deactivate on the dates of your choice. For example, if you wanted to showcase a seasonal holiday, you could automatically schedule a Christmas slider to appear on your site every year in December.

A spokesman from MetaSlider said “we’re continuing to work hard on MetaSlider, adding great features and improving existing ones. We’ll also shortly be launching the concept of Slider Themes where you can change the look and feel of a slider in one click“.

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