Meta Slider 2.8 Out Now!

The latest update brings a variety of performance improvements, new translation packs and HTML5 compatibility.

Performance Improvements

Many plugins (including Meta Slider up until now!) include their plugin classes with every request to WordPress. This can increase the amount of memory your site uses, and in some cases can slow it down. Meta Slider 2.8 addresses this to ensure classes are only included when they’re needed.

Many thanks to Speze Viktor for his advice and prodding us in the right direction! If you’re a plugin developer, check out Victor’s useful plugin to see where you could make improvements: What’s Running.

As part of these changes we tested Meta Slider against a variety of popular WordPress Slider plugins and found Meta Slider has the lowest memory footprint of them all. Check it out for yourself – the P3 Performance Profiler by GoDaddy makes it easy to find out how much of an impact each of your plugins have on your site.

FlexSlider Slideshow Loading

We’ve updated Flex Slider to v2.2.2 and made some changes to Meta Slider to make sure your slideshow will load quickly and without making the content ‘jump about’. This has been a hot topic for support since day 1, so hopefully this change will please a lot of our users!

Translations

We’ve added Romanian and Dutch translations – thanks to our translators!

If you would like to translate Meta Slider, please get in touch – we’ll thank you with a free copy of Meta Slider Pro!

HTML5 CompatibilityHTML5_Logo_256-150x150

This has been a thorn in our side since day 1, and it’s a problem that affects the majority of shortcode plugins that enqueue CSS.

The problem: It’s impossible to use wp_enqueue_style from a shortcode and have the CSS inserted into the <head> section of your site. That’s because the <head> section of your site has already been generated by the time the shortcode is processed, so WordPress enqueues the CSS at the bottom of your page instead.

This will break your HTML5 validity.

Some shortcode plugins work around this by simply including their CSS on every single page of your site. That’s not something we want to do – we only include scripts and CSS on the page when they’re needed.

The solution: Update to Meta Slider 2.8 and insert the following line into your wp-config.php file:

When this setting is defined and enabled, your page content will be processed after it’s been generated, and with the help of simple_html_dom, your Meta Slider CSS includes will be moved to the <head> of your page. Hooray – you’re HTML5 Valid!

We’ve also made sure every image output by Meta Slider has an “alt” tag – even if it’s empty. This should make it a bit easier for you to get the all important ‘Pass’ mark from the W3 HTML Validator.

Get Meta Slider 2.8

Meta Slider 2.8 is completely free, you can download it from WordPress.org. If you have it installed already, just head to your Plugins page in WordPress and click the Update link.

We’ve also been working on some exciting enhancements to Meta Slider Pro, keep your eyes peeled for an update!

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8 thoughts on “Meta Slider 2.8 Out Now!

  1. Daniel Rose

    Does Meta Slider allow you to open the image to lighbox? Can’t seem to find that but it seems like it did?

    1. matchalabs

      There is no lightbox built in, but it’s quite easy to integrate with the Simple Lightbox plugin. Please see this link:

      https://gist.github.com/tomhemsley/9463214

  2. Keith Davis

    Hi Tom
    Being playing with the free version of Meta Slider and it knocks spots off Soliloquy lite.
    I’d love to buy the pro version, but I’d need the developer version – to use on client sites.
    Do you have any coupon codes for the developer license?

    1. matchalabs

      Hi Keith,

      Great to hear you’re liking Meta Slider 🙂

      We don’t offer coupon codes sorry, we feel the base pricing is already quite competitive.

      Regards,
      Tom.

  3. bb

    Hey! I love metal slider and I’m considering buying the personalpackage for a start,can I upgrade when I decide to buy the unlimited package?

    1. matchalabs

      Hi bb,

      Apologies for the delay getting back to you. Yes, you can upgrade from personal to multi or developer, just get in touch with us through support.

      Regards,
      Tom

      1. bb

        Thanks, I shall get it over the weekend. How can i pay if paypal transaction doesn’t go through? Do you accept debit mastercard? Thanks

  4. Paul Duncan

    I just started using Meta Slider 3.0 today. What a huge improvement over my previous slider! But I’m trying to figure out how to make the background behind the caption in a flex slider completely opaque, a solid color. Your styling section showed me how to change the color. But after a couple hours of trial and error, I still can’t make it completely opaque/solid. Any chance you could help me with some code for this? Many thanks in advance.

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