After being thrown a major curve-ball with WordPress 3.0’s new post_type validation for image attachments, we needed to re-think the way that we were storing SlideDecks within WordPress. We were already thinking about making this change in the SlideDeck for WordPress plugin anyways and this incompatibility ended up moving the update right to the top of the list!

We are happy to announce that the SlideDeck for WordPress plugin now takes full advantage of custom post types in WordPress 2.7+. We no longer clutter up your database with our own custom tables and as a great side benefit we are now able to interact with the media upload/insert box in WordPress 3.0!

Upgrading is easy, just don’t forget to backup any modified skins before you upgrade. I recommend comparing side by side your modifications and the skin updates in this new version as we have improved some of the styling to prevent accidental theme overrides to the SlideDeck’s appearance. If you have made any skin modifications, just overwrite the new skin files with your updated skin files.  We also look up old legacy SlideDeck IDs for any shortcode or template level implementations you have already done and automatically get the new, imported version of the SlideDeck – no need to go back and change anything!

Upgrading SlideDeck for WordPress Lite

Just update the plugin through your WordPress control panel if you are using the Lite version and we automatically import your legacy SlideDeck entries to the new storage format.

Upgrading SlideDeck for WordPress Pro

Download the new version of the plugin from the link you received in our update email and un-compress it to your plugin directory, overwriting the old files. After you have uploaded the new files, just deactivate and reactivate the plugin from your WordPress plugin control panel.

WordPress 3.0 compatibility isn’t our only change in this version. Check out some of the other features we’ve implemented:

  • custom post types are the greatest thing since the hyper text transfer protocol!

  • Just installed the Slidedeck for WordPress Plugin on my WP 3.1 Blog page – I’m happy with the results and it was fairly easy: I’m happy with the slider – it looks good, adds a bit of dynamic interest, and took a very short time to install.

    I do think that most of my clients would be challenged by needing to edit a Theme file, however. If you can find a way, in a future revision, to give an option to simply embed a code in the page where the slider will show up, I think you’ll find many more users for the Plugin.

    Thanks for this useful enhancement to my site!

    • Jamie Hamel-Smith

      I do think that most of my clients would be challenged by needing to edit a Theme file

      Hi Karilee, It’s also possible to insert a SlideDeck by using a shortcode or widget. It’s not always necessary to edit the theme files.