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RoyalSlider WordPress Plugin Review

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If you are in anyway familiar with WordPress, then you know what a content slider is. For those who have no idea what that is, it’s an interface that makes slide shows possible so that the website page displays pictures or a block of text one at a time. The content then “slides” across the page. Now, knowing what a content slider does is one thing, but knowing which one to use is another.

The Royalslider is one of the more popular content sliders, and based on just about every Royalslider WordPress plugin review you’ll ever read it is superior to other plugins available in the market.

Features

The Royalslider is packed with features, and just about everyone who has ever used it has raved about it. Developers especially like its powerful API, the access to build tool from the HTML version, and there’s an unminified version of the script so that they can see what’s going on easily and debugging is also made easier.

Web designers love the WYSIWIG animated blocks editor, the ability to edit the slide markup in admin, and the possibility of adding their own skins. As for photographers, they appreciate the ability to upload images in bulk, the option of connecting to Flickr or 500px, the “lazy loading” process, and the SEO-friendly images.

The Royal slider comes with 11 templates, and that makes it easy for you to make sliders of your own. You can make a custom slider or a slider from your posts, and you can also create a 500px, Flickr, or a default WordPress gallery.

Embedding the slider to the site is also easy, and it can be done in several ways. You can use PHP, drop the Royalslider widget in a widget area, or place the RoyalSlider shortcode in the content of your page or post.

All in all, the Royalslider was created with performance and security as a priority. The images are resized, saved and cached using default WordPress methods. The sliders are automatically cached with Transients API so that your website doesn’t bog down.

Pros

Content sliders have become one of the most wanted aspects on websites for quite some time now, and web designers have a cornucopia of options as to which free or premium content slider to use. All in all, the Royalslider is one of the best, as it seems ideal for everyone.

There’s seems to be no limit as to what content you can add to your slide. They can be images, HTML text, or video. The block editor is WYSIWYG, and you can also put shortcodes from your theme.

The Royalslider is also quite fast, and while it may not have a horde of fancy transitions, everything is as smooth as can be. It’s also mobile friendly and responsive, as every slider element can be resized and they can contain any HTML. It’s also touch-enabled, and it features native-style touch navigation for Android, Blackberry, and iOS. It even supports Windows 8 IE10 gestures.

Last but not least, the flexibility of the Royalslider is quite awesome. While the templates give you an impressive head start since they seem to offer the most common configurations for sliders, you can easily tweak them to get exactly what you want. And if that’s not enough, it’s also quite easy to create templates of your own!

Cons

Perhaps the most obvious drawback about the Royalslider is that you have to pay for it. If you want a free content slider, there are lots available. On the other hand, the price is not at all expensive and the quality is quite good, so you get your money’s worth to say the least. Some of the other commercial content sliders cost more than three times the price of Royalslider, but in terms of features and performance, they simply can’t compare to it.

While for the most part just about everyone approves of the Royalslider WordPress plugin, the acclaim isn’t completely unanimous. In one Royalslider WordPress plugin review, one user was having a problem figuring out where to add the images for the slider, and she also had trouble finding the answer to her problem. She was directed to watch videos from the product’s knowledge base by the author of the plugin himself, and then to go to the RoyalSlider support forum to ask questions. In the end, she ended up trying to look up forum and blog posts until she finally found the documentation that helped solve her problem. Keep in mind, however, this may be just an isolated incident, since there have been about 8,000 other buyers of the Royalslider who never experienced this issue.

Conclusion

Many web designers understand the usefulness of a content slider. That’s because so many people want to put more and more content on a page and a content slider is one of the best solutions to keep the website design neat and attractive. It can act as an automated slideshow with the graphics and text sliding at a specified speed. It can also enable website visitors to scroll through the content no matter how much of it is there, and the home page remains professional and clean. The content slider can even make a page much more interesting to look at.

Deciding on which content slider to use can be tough, however. There are factors to consider and you need to find one that you can rely on. Nearly every Royalslider WordPress plugin review has glowing praises on the product, and that’s a testament to its quality. The installation is a snap and configuring it is no hassle at all. In just a short time, the user will be able to come up with a basic slider that looks fine whether you use a desktop PC or a mobile phone to view it. Users can also take advantage of the other useful features easily because for the most part the steps and procedures are clearly explained.

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