Reviewing the MotoPress Slider Plugin

Sliders are commonplace on many WordPress sites, and even though they've got some stick for possibly slowing down some sites or not fitting in with the latest web design trends, there are still some great options out there. In fact, as long as you find a slider plugin that looks great, works smoothly and doesn't bog down your site, you can create some impressive sliders can really grab your visitors' attention. Introducing MotoPress Slider.

Sliders are commonplace on many WordPress sites, and even though they’ve got some stick for possibly slowing down some sites or not fitting in with the latest web design trends, there are still some great options out there.

In fact, as long as you find a slider plugin that looks great, works smoothly and doesn’t bog down your site, you can create some impressive sliders can really grab your visitors’ attention.

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Introducing the MotoPress Slider plugin. Below is the video review followed by the written review.

What does it offer?

MotoPress Slider is a WordPress plugin built for you to easily create sliders, galleries as well as slideshows, even incorporating smooth effects and layers.

With this plugin you’ll be able to create beautiful slideshows just the way you want them, all through an intuitive interface and a responsive layout. All you have to do is drag and drop the elements where you want them to be, and voila; your slider is ready to go.

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The sliders are fully responsive, ensuring that they’ll look great on any device. It’s even optimized for touch devices. Adding text, links, images and videos is very easy, and each one can be individually animated since they have their own layers. In fact, you can even sort the layers by simply dragging them up or down.

Since I mentioned videos, it’s also worth mentioning that MotoPress Slider allows you to incorporate YouTube and Vimeo videos too, all by simply adding the link. All these settings are laid out in a simple layout that helps you get things done fast and effective.

How does it work?

This simplicity is evident from the moment you install the MotoPress Slider plugin. Activation of the plugin is the same as with every other WordPress plugin, and activating the license can be done from the MotoPress license settings once the plugin is installed.

Once that’s done, you’re ready to get started.

Slider Options

First up, before getting to work on the sliders themselves, you can set your Slider Options. From here you have the choice of disabling the MotoPress Slider for certain user groups.

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You’ve got a choice of hiding the MotoPress Slider menu from Editors, Authors, Contributors or Subscribers, or a mix of any of those. This is great if you’ve got, for example, guest authors who you don’t want accessing anything to do with the looks of your site.

Slides List

Next up you can head to the MotoPress Sliders section of the settings from where you can start adding and editing your new slides. Each and every slider you create will be listed there, and once opened, each one will also list the slides that it contains, as you can see below.

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Each slide can have its order changed by simply dragging it from the left hand side, while they all also have links to Edit, Duplicate or Delete the slides, depending on what’s needed. The duplication option is a good addition for those cases where you’d like to keep the styling of a slide, but simply change the content.

Slide Settings

When creating your first slider, the first step is to choose the settings that you’ll require. First up you need to choose the title for and the alias, the latter being used in the shortcode which you will use to display your slider.

You can also set the slider to full width, set its layers grid height and width, enable the slideshow functionality, and set the slideshow delay in milliseconds. Apart from that you also have three other settings to choose from for the slideshow; pause on hover, reverse the order of the slides, and show the counter for the number of slides.

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Once those settings are completed you can start creating your first slide. Here you’ll find various settings tabs, the first of which is the General tab. From here you can set the main options for your slide, starting with the title and whether to publish the slide or leave it in the drafts for the time being.

You also get the preview section of the slide which shows you exactly what will be displayed on the front-end, based on the settings you had previously chose. Here you can add the text, images, buttons and videos of your choice to create whatever you might need.

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All you have to do is add one of these options, then change the settings for that particular layer from the Layer Settings section beneath the preview. On the right you also have a section to sort the layers for the elements you would have added to that slide.

There are also additional settings tabs for colour, image, video, link, visibility and miscellaneous that allow you to do various things such as changing the background colour/gradient, embedding Youtube and Vimeo videos (along with various video settings such as autoplay and loop), linking the entire slide, making the slide visible only over a certain period of time, and much more.

Displaying the Slider

Actually displaying the slider on your site is as simple as adding the shortcode you would have created earlier. This shortcode was provided in the settings discussed above, and will contain the alias you chose for that particular slider.

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Once you’ve decided on which page you want the slider displayed on, simply copy and paste the slider and head to the front-end of your site to see it in action.

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In addition to using the shortcodes, one of the main advantages of MotoPress Slider is the opportunity for customers who already use the MotoPress Content Editor to insert the plugin directly via the MotoPress dashboard and without using the shortcodes.

Documentation & Support

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MotoPress offers various documentation and support options for when you need that helping hand. The Documentation for the MotoPress Slider plugin is split into two, a Getting Started guide as well as the Developer Docs. Since the plugin itself is rather simple and intuitive to use, the documentation isn’t too detailed, and it doesn’t need to be.

Having said that, if there’s something that you can’t figure out you can always consult either the HelpDesk or the various Video Tutorials available on YouTube. However, at the moment it seems that there are only video tutorials for the MotoPress Content Editor, and not for the Slider plugin. If this review has peaked your interest and you’ve got a question or two, you can contact the MotoPress team with your pre-sales requests here.

Licenses & Pricing

As you can see below, there are 3 licenses available for the MotoPress Slider.

The first is a Personal license that allows for one installation, the second is a Business licenses which allows for installations on up to 5 websites, and finally the Developer license that gives you the freedom of using MotoPress on as many websites as you wish.

All licenses come with 1 year of updates and support, as well as priority support. The Developer license also includes priority developer support for those looking for something extra. There is also a volume licensing program for developers and theme providers.

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Final Conclusions

In conclusion, the MotoPress Slider was very easy to use and setup. It provides many options and settings that will allow you to achieve the look and feel that you desire for your website’s slider.

If you need to add any customization you can do that also through the use of some CSS, and if you require any help with that or anything else you can also refer to the MotoPress Slider’s documentation or the support staff.

It’s all very intuitive to use, even for the most novice of WordPress users, especially due to the way the options are laid out and the drag and drop functionality for the various layers that you can add.

If you’re looking to add a slider plugin to your WordPress site, either to create a slider, gallery or slideshow, MotoPress Slider should certainly be towards the top of your list.

Have you used MotoPress Slider or any other WordPress slider plugins before? What were they like? Let us know in the comments below.

Mark Zahra
Mark Zahra
CEO at RebelCode, the team behind WP Mayor, Spotlight, WP RSS Aggregator, and the Mastermind.fm podcast. Follow me on Twitter @markzahra.

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