Anyone know any quality image slideshow widgets that can be put on a sidebar?

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If your just going to be showing images jQuery Cycle is the way to go. It is very light and you simply call the js in your theme then wrap your images in a div ie:

<div class="pics"> 
    <img src="images/beach1.jpg" width="200" height="200" /> 
    <img src="images/beach2.jpg" width="200" height="200" /> 
    <img src="images/beach3.jpg" width="200" height="200" /> 

Then add the call in your footer ie:

<script type="text/javascript">
;( function( $ ) {
} )( jQuery );

If your looking for a simple slider that calls posts by category and can be embedded in a post, page, or widget using shortcodes check out my WP Coda Slider Plugin that I recently released.


I built a very basic image rotator for a client once. It pulls a random sampling (with a configurable maximum number) of images from available attachments in the WordPress database and resizes them for display in the sidebar. The advantage of server-side resizing is a faster page load (though images larger than 2MB will get stuck in the system and won't load properly).

It's called Rotating Image Widget and is hosted in the WordPress plug-in repository (meaning it's free and open source). If you make any changes to the code, please let me know so I can incorporate your improvements into the next version.


I use http://www.slidedeck.com/ its free for the basic version, the advanced (payfor) give you vertical scrolling as well as horizonal (more iPad'eske). I took about 5 minutes to setup and comes with a couple of nice looking templates. The control panel in \wp-admin is really easy to use and can link to your forum posts. Good luck!

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