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Are sliders really helpful?
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Kathy Purdy
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April 1, 2014 - 2:45 pm
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After viewing my development site, a friend sent me a link to Yoast's rant against sliders. It did get me thinking. I realized that I tend to skip over sliders myself because I don't want to sit there and wait for the next picture to load, or I want to stop the slider and study an image longer. On the other hand, I do like giving readers the opportunity to view some of my best images. Currently on my live site I am using the rotator that came with Thesis 1.8. What I didn't like about this is that many visitors didn't realize that the image changed every time the page loaded. One, they missed a chance to see other photos, and two, they had no control over which image they saw. Also, I couldn't offer a description or explanation of what they were seeing, such as the name of the plant in the picture. And I did have readers ask me such questions.

So I am looking for a way to feature a selection of images on my front page, that will enable me to offer a description and photo credit and will enable the viewer to control the viewing experience. I am wondering if there is a way to use the standard WordPress gallery to make a user-controlled slide show? Or is there a plugin that can do this easily?

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April 4, 2014 - 10:40 am
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Well - I don't think that sliders are particularly useful.  The only use case I think is defensible is for "featured" content or for galleries.

You can use my slider for featured content and you can use NextGen for galleries.  If you choose nextgen make sure to install the 1.9 version and not the 2+ version.

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Thanks for the tip about NextGen. For right now I just have the slider set to as slow as it will go. If someone keeps the page open long enough, it will change on its own, but if they are interested in seeing all the slides, they'll click on the buttons below.

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Which is a perfectly workable solution.

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