Slider plugins remain among the most requested plugins for WordPress. With all those different slider plugins available, it’s difficult to find one that rises over and above the others and truly provides a memorable experience, both for users and developers.
Soliloquy is one of the most well-known slider plugins for WordPress, and today we’ll be taking a closer look at it. Does it live up to its billing of “best Responsive WordPress slider plugin”?
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In its most basic form, Soliloquy lets you create a slider, into which you put a number of images. Now the images can be directly uploaded, or else you can take the featured images from posts. Another option is to link your Instagram account (addon).
Once you’ve selected the images that will go into your slider, you can set where they link to and a bunch of other settings.
When you’re done you can include the slider within a post via shortcode. Alternatively you can also use PHP code to include the slider within your theme.
There are a number of add-ons which make the whole Soliloquy slider experience even better, and give you much more value than when you buy a basic slider and have to do the rest yourself.
Soliloquy integrates seamlessly with WordPress’ own update system to provide automatic updates via Amazon S3. All downloads are signed and encoded by Amazon for your particular update. Update checks are made every 12 hours or can be forced manually by visiting the Updates page.
The latest Soliloquy version also includes loading icons, a very nice touch indeed.
Soliloquy is compatible with WordPress MultiSite, you’ll have no trouble using this plugin regardless of which WordPress setup you have installed.
Soliloquy is tested on all modern browsers, including IE8+, Firefox 3.5+, Safari 4+ and Chrome. Soliloquy does not support IE6 or IE7 explicitly.
Soliloquy addons are only available to those who purchase a developer licence. Considering the added functionality provided through these addons, there is a clear incentive to buy the dev licence. The available addons are the following:
Craft beautiful sliders from your Instagram photo stream with the Soliloquy Instagram Addon. Use recent photos from your Instagram account to create sliders that bring life to your website.
Turn your default slider into a fully responsive carousel with the Soliloquy Carousel Addon. Set widths, margins and minimum/maximum ranges for your carousel in no time flat!
Apply over 25+ different filters to your images on the fly with the Soliloquy Filters Addon. Choose from filters such as Grayscale, Sepia and Gaussian Blur to enhance your slide presentation!
Soliloquy Featured Content
Create impressive featured content sliders with the Soliloquy Featured Content Addon. Use powerful query and content tools to build the most advanced featured content sliders on the web.
The Soliloquy Lightbox Addon is a robust and fully-featured integration of the prettyPhoto lightbox script into your Soliloquy sliders. Adding lightboxes to your sliders has never been easier than this.
Enable live previews of your slider within the Soliloquy edit screen with the Soliloquy Preview Addon. Make and test changes to your slider and get an instant preview before you publish them!
The UI of this plugin uses the standard WordPress UI components, so it fits in flush with the rest of the WordPress administration panels. Soliloquy is easy to use so no worries about that.
There is no recurring pricing for Soliloquy. It’s a one time payment, very straightforward, and you have updates and support for life.
With the developer version, you get access to all the add-ons, plus priority ticket support, which is handy for developers who need quick help whenever they hit a snag while developing client sites.
Soliloquy can easily cut your slider development time in half. No longer do you need to scour the internet for tutorials on how to get your slider running. Just use Soliloquy and you will be creating powerful, beautiful, easy to use and responsive WordPress sliders in no time flat. And with the power of Addons, you can make advanced sliders even faster than ever before!
Soliloquy is incredibly easy to use. The interface is highly intuitive and image editing/management is as simple as it gets. I can easily recommend this slider plugin without no hesitation, if you’re in the market for a WordPress slider plugin, this is your answer.
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