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.
Meteor Slides Widget
A few users had asked me how to add a slideshow to a widget, so I added a widget for the slideshow. Now there are three ways to add a slideshow: the template tag, shortcode, and a widget. The widget is easy to use, just grab “Meteor Slides Widget” and drag it to any sidebar. Make sure the dimensions of your slides fit that sidebar though!
Some people have been running into conflicts between their theme and the slideshow. An unwanted border around the slide images, or dropdown menus hidden behind the slides.
Meteor Slides is intentionally minimalist; there are no frames or buttons and you’re free to make it match your theme as you see fit. To help keep the slideshow from conflicting with themes, I have added a stylesheet to the plugin.
The stylesheet basically acts as a reset, making sure that no borders, margins, or padding are unintentionally added to the slideshow. It also sets the z-index of the slideshow to 1, which should put it below the dropdown menus. But every theme is different, so you may have to bump it up or down to get the correct layering.
When I added this stylesheet, I switch the
meteor-slideshow div from a class to an id. If you have already added your own CSS for the slideshow, sorry for breaking your styles! I shouldn’t be doing any more tinkering with the markup in the future.
Adding your own CSS styles to the slideshow is simple. Just copy
/meteor-slides/css/ to your theme’s directory to replace the default plugin stylesheet.
I updated the jQuery Cycle plugin to version 2.88.
What other features should I work on? I’m thinking multiple slideshows, since I can’t actually think of any other slideshow plugins that can handle more than one.