It is a well known fact that WordPress is a very flexible CMS. In fact, many theme makers nowadays rely on WP’s flexibility to add additional functionality to their themes. For instance, certain themes come with SEO settings, shortcodes, custom post types, and of course, sliders!
While having such added features in a theme is awesome, at the end of the day, if you really wish to retain such functionality on your website even after you change your theme, you should consider opting for a plugin. Furthermore, what if the default single slider on the homepage of your theme does not really work for you? In this case as well, a plugin can help you out.
In this article, we shall be taking a closer look at Pointelle Slider premium plugin by Slider Villa.
Pointelle Slider by Slider Villa
In simplest terms, Pointelle Slider is a WordPress plugin that lets you add featured content sliders to your website or blog. Unlike the default featured image sliders that come bundled with themes, Pointelle Slider gives you the ability to add the slider to any location on your website: in addition to the homepage, you can have sliders on your about page, contact page, posts and articles and even within sidebar widgets!
The plugin has its own detailed customization and settings panel, and even comes loaded with custom shortcodes and template tags to help you easily insert sliders as and when needed. Pointelle Slider can make use of images from your Media Library and has various transitions and effects.
Oh, and before I forget, the sliders are responsive — your mobile visitors will not feel left out!
Furthermore, if you indeed are serious about having a slider on your WP website, then you should definitely visit the good folks behind Pointelle Slider plugin – Slider Villa. As of now, they have 9 slider plugins, with each of them serving a specific purpose. In fact, unlike other slider plugins where you have a giant pool of features and settings and are required to grab your preferred one, Slider Villa simplifies the concept and offers multiple nimble plugins, so that you do not end up paying for features that you don’t actually need or use!
For instance, the Flashcards Slider lets you add a horizontal carousel of scrolling flashcards to your website. Similarly, the Listic Slider can add a vertical lists’ carousel to your WP site. All said and done, Slider Villa offers a unique collection of premium slider plugins for WordPress users.
That said, back to topic – Pointelle Slider!
Before going any further, let us go through the major features of the Pointelle Slider plugin:
- Four different transition effects
- Embeds almost anywhere on your WP blog
- Supports posts/pages and media library items
- Supports template tags and widgets
- Custom shortcodes
- Customizable CSS
- Search-engine readable content
- Posts/pages: supports images added via either Featured Image feature or using custom fields
- Autocrop images
- Supports HTML tags in slider content
- Help and support: offered via forums
- Responsive and mobile-friendly
- Lightbox effect
Impressed already? You can check out a working demo here.
User Interface and Mode of Operation
After activation of the plugin, you get a separate menu named Pointelle Slider in your admin area. It has two sub-menus: the first one being “Sliders” which lists all your active and inactive sliders, and the second one is named “Settings”, which we shall discuss now.
The Settings page lets you, foremost, modify the basic settings of your slider. You can specify details such as transition type (fade, horizontal slide, vertical slide or uncover), transition speed, slider background color, as well as slider width and height. You can also turn off automatic slider movement, or specify custom HTML tags and use shortcodes.
Thereafter, you can specify the tweaks for left slide panel: border, title, content, image cropping, image width and height ratio, etc. Beyond that, you can also turn on or off the navigation panel. By default, the navigation panel is set to display on the right side. You can specify the panel’s width and height, as well as thumbnail images, background color and titles.
You also have the option to turn the responsive feature on or off. Furthermore, you can specify custom values for responsive slider design: for instance, for a device with a width of 960px, you can specify the slider width as 800px, and so on. This will ensure that your sliders look exactly the way you want them to, irrespective of the device that your visitors use.
Lastly, you can preview the slider and override any settings or add custom functionality using CSS.
The image given below comes from the plugin’s homepage, and shows all the customizable elements of the slider:
Of course, you can customize other elements too by means of CSS.
Pricing and Support
A Single Website License for Pointelle Slider plugin costs $9, whereas a Multiple Website License costs $25 for a maximum of ten websites. Obviously, the plugin is truly one of the most budget-friendly ones out there!
The plugin does not come with email support, though expecting email support for $9 is slightly unfair too. You do have premium support forums at your disposal, and Pointelle Slider is also backed by documentation and FAQ.
So, should you opt for it?
Yes! If you are looking for a solution that lets you create custom sliders for your WordPress-powered website, look no further than Pointelle Slider. Not only are the sliders responsive and fully customizable, you can insert them virtually anywhere on your website. This can come in handy for a wide range of users: magazine websites can use multiple sliders to showcase featured articles, whereas photo bloggers can use sliders across blog posts to act as pseudo-galleries. All in all, if you have a website that is rich on images, Pointelle Slider is surely worth the investment!
The only potential downside I noticed is the lack of localization ready features or language packs. The plugin’s homepage does not explicitly mention any internationalization options, and the trial copy that I received for experimentation did not have any .mo or .po files, nor were there any packs in the /languages folder.
Another issue I’ve had is when trying to make the slider work on WordPress Multisite. I got some errors and couldn’t use the plugin. I therefore would also suggest that the developers make it fully compatible with Multisite, since many potential users are using this setup. It’s usually a small task to make a plugin Multisite compatible.
All in all, Pointelle Slider is a useful tool for creating custom sliders on WordPress websites.