The Featured Content Addon and the Content Addon API
The #1 most requested feature I get for Soliloquy is to be able to create a slider from featured images from posts. Featured content sliders seem to be abundant in the WordPress world, but they all lack one key feature: query power.
Sure – you can move the caption here and there, select 5 million different color schemes for your text and background.
But sadly enough, not a lot of effort or focus is placed on the ability to grab different and specific types of content that you can grab. The Featured Content Addon for Soliloquy is different. Take a look at some of the query settings for the Addon:
You have complete control over what type of content you want to present. This thing is straight up powerful. You can query multiple post types, multiple taxonomies (custom ones too), select specific posts to include or exclude, sort/order them by any one of the orderby parameters utilized in WP_Query, and the list could go on.
This means that you have the power to display exactly what you want. No more of this “just chose one category and it has to be from Posts” type of stuff.
For example, you’ve got the power in your hands to create custom featured content sliders straight from items categorized as “Design” and “Development” from your Portfolio custom post type.
This will even allow you to query multiple post types AND a shared taxonomy between them at the same time. Nice!
So yes, the Featured Content Addon can do your basic featured posts slider. But it can also do so much more, and I can’t wait to see some of the examples of stuff you create! Remember, Addons are only available to Developer license holders, so if you have a single license and want to upgrade, you can do so straight from your Member’s Area.
As a note, the Featured Content Addon is in Beta 2 and will require Soliloquy 1.3.9 to run. Here’s the rundown for getting it to a stable release:
- Beta 2 is still focused on the query and the query UI. I believe I’ve got all the query pieces worked out, but I’m still making improvements based on your suggestions.
- Beta 3 will add content control to the Addon. This means that you can select to display (or not) titles, excerpts, read more links, content limits, etc.
- RC1 will have all of the above fine tuned along with support for the Preview Addon. I’ll be making adjustments and fixes as they come.
- v1.0.0 release!
You can expect this release next week! 🙂
The Content Addon API
With the Featured Content Addon comes the Content Addon API – a powerful tool to allow me to create any type of content-related addon for Soliloquy. What does this mean for you?
It means that you can expect Addons to make sliders of specific types of content – Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, text-only slides, and even a mixup of them all.
I’m really excited about the possibilities of this and all the sweet things you can make Soliloquy do! Exciting things are to come!