Meteor Slides widget update for WordPress 4.3

Today I released Meteor Slides 1.5.4. This tiny update changes the code for setting up the slideshow widget for WordPress 4.3, which will be coming out soon. This only updates how the widget is added to WordPress and doesn’t change the admin interface for the widget or how slideshow widgets display on the frontend of a site.

WordPress 4.3

With this update Meteor Slides is fully compatible with the current version of WordPress, 4.2.2, and the next release, 4.3. I would definitely recommend that everyone take the time to update WordPress, Meteor Slides, and the rest of their plugins to the latest versions!

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Using WordPress For Project Management

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At WordUp Minneapolis 2014 I gave a talk on using WordPress for project management.

In this session I talked about building a simple project management app with WordPress using the P2 theme and a handful of plugins. With this app you can create to do lists, check off those tasks, and mark posts as unresolved or resolved.

The base of this tool is the P2 theme, which allows you to easily make new project posts from the frontend of the site. This theme is extended with P2 Resolved Posts, P2 New Post Categories, and a custom plugin of mine called P2 Projects. I also use the Members plugin to make the site private.

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Building Better Widgets

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At WordCamp Milwaukee 2014 I gave a talk on Building Better Widgets.

In this session I talked about how to design interesting and useful WordPress widgets. I covered designing for a wide range of widgets, exploring different widget designs, planning responsive widgets that scale well, thinking about animated and interactive widgets, and upgrading your widgets with plugins.

Download the slides to learn more and grab the links from my talk.

Update: Here is a video of my talk from WordCamp Milwaukee 2014:

Create responsive slideshows with Meteor Slides 1.5

Meteor Slides 1.5 adds responsive slideshow support, touch navigation, an improved slideshow widget, new translations, and updates jQuery Cycle.

Responsive Slideshows

I have been building more responsive websites lately and receiving more and more requests from users for responsive slideshows, so I have updated the slideshows to scale automatically.

If you are using a fixed width theme the slideshows will remain unchanged at their original dimensions. But if you are using a fluid or responsive width theme those are used as the maximum dimensions and the slideshow will scale, shrinking to fit the theme on smaller screens and devices.

Any custom slideshow templates, stylesheets, or scripts you are using would have to be updated from the default versions in 1.5 to add this responsive functionality.

Try resizing the Meteor Slides homepage in your browser to see the responsive slideshow in action! Read More

Meteor Slides widget and stylesheet

Meteor Slides has been out for two weeks now and I haven’t heard about any more bugs, so I have started working on adding more features to the plugin. If you do run into a bug, please let me know.

I was really surprised that almost 400 people watched the Meteor Slides screencast that I recorded, I hope that video makes things easier for some users. I will definitely be making some more screencasts related to theme development in the future.

Meteor Slides 1.1

The latest version of Meteor Slides now includes a slideshow widget, an easy to customize stylesheet, and an update for the jQuery Cycle plugin that powers the slideshow. Read More