In this review Günter Schenk will investigate the quality and usage of the DMXzone Nivo Slider from DMXzone. He will show you how to create a Nivo Slider driven slideshow in less than 5 minutes.
Creating a Nivo Slider driven slideshow in less than 5 minutes
Just some days prior to writing this review
a customer of mine asked me to spice up her website by replacing a static image
with "can I have a slideshow please ? I don´t care how you do it." But as such
a matter does matter to me, I started searching the web for a jQuery based
slideshow plugin which not only comes with a multitude of settings to play
with, but also – amongst other criteria – needs to be a popular, well supported
and hence future-proof solution.
Guess what I happened to stumble across and instantly began to like for many
reasons ? Yep, the Nivo Slider plugin.
While it´s easy to create a rudimentary
slideshow by hand, I soon noticed that subsequent production steps can be quite
challenging and overly time-consuming for a Nivo Slider newbie like me, and when
you need to get your job done ASAP and don´t feel like experimenting for days,
what do you need ? An ingenious utility which can conduct the whole procedure
from A-Z, makes you forget about the complexity of what you´re dealing with by
providing a well-organized and self-explanatory user interface, and nevertheless
allows you to gain access to the extensive range of settings which the Nivo
Slider plugin itself comes with.
What´s great about having several slideshow
layouts at hand and make this extension toggle them in an instant ? Well, while
demonstrating a Nivo Slider – driven slideshow to her, my customer was more
than pleased to observe that her choice was based upon "show me something cool
right now" rather than having to watch me code for a long while, because this
feature makes it possible to use an existing array of (her !) images and apply
various color combinations, navigation symbols etc. to them in seconds.
All in all it took me less than 5 minutes…
a) to figure out how the DMXZone Nivo Slider extension works and what I´m able
to do with it, and…
b) to insert a great looking slideshow into the HTML page.
The following video will demonstrate how the DMXZone Nivo Slider extension can
help you completing such a procedure, which could otherwise take you a very
long time, in minutes:
Since 1999 Günter Schenk, a german web designer, PHP developer and former musician, has manufactured professional and profitable websites for a broad range of german and international clientele such as real estate, tourism, industry or craft producers.
In 2007 Günter Schenk, who personally prefers developing client-specific solutions over reselling/adapting the usual CMS "bulk good" anytime, has been nominated Adobe Community Professional (ACP) for Dreamweaver. This nomination has been annually extended to this year.
After reviewing his efforts to support the German-speaking Dreamweaver user community, in June 2011 the German Adobe Usergroup staff invited him as Co-Moderator for their forums.