It has been one week since I released Meteor Slides and I have been getting a lot of great feedback.
Nearly 600 people have tried out Meteor Slides so far which is just awesome, thanks everybody! If anyone uses my plugin on a live site, be sure to leave a comment with a link, I’d love to see it in action.
A couple of sharp-eyed users have spotted bugs in my plugin and were kind enough to report them. If you spot any more bugs, please let me know.
Meteor Slides Bugs
There were two bugs that I have fixed and released updates for.
Meteor Slides 1.0.1
The first was because I had added a specific position to the slide post type using
menu_position. This was conflicting with the position of another plugin. I had assumed that WordPress would automatically resolve these conflicts by sorting the menu items alphabetically or something.
I was wrong, it just doesn’t add one of the plugin menus. I removed this menu position from Meteor Slides and it resolved the conflict. I’m not sure what value
menu_position has if it doesn’t play nice with other plugins, so I’m just going to avoid using it.
Meteor Slides 1.0.2
The other bug that I ran into was with the loop that the slideshow uses to display the slides. The loop works fine with the template tag, but the shortcode, which uses the same loop, was having problems.
I checked out a few tutorials on adding a loop within a loop using a shortcode and I learned that
echo and other techniques insert the contents of a shortcode above the post or page’s content. Thanks to Chris Coyier, I learned that I need to use
return to get the shortcode’s contents placed properly. The loop within a loop was also giving me problems, one loop seemed to be bleeding into the next, I added
wp_reset_query after the interior loop like Chris’ tutorial and the bleeding stopped.
Aside from bugs, I have also heard from a few people who had some confusion about how to use Meteor Slides, or add a slideshow to their site. Some of the plugin’s functionality, like the featured image, is fairly new and I’m thinking that some users might not have run into it before.
Meteor Slides Screencast
To make using Meteor Slides clearer, I have recorded a short screencast which explains how to set up Meteor Slides, create new slides, and add the slideshow to your site using the shortcode or template tag.