The Nivo Slider is a popular jQuery plugin for creating highly customizable features sliders. I’ve used it myself a few times and have been pleased with how simple it is to change effects, transition speeds, add captions or thumbnails, etc.
Gilbert Pellogrom, co-founder of Biothemes and the creator of the Nivo Slider, has created a WordPress plugin to make its implementation into WordPress themes both simple and flexible. The plugin appears to utilize a custom post type, and allows for multiple sliders per page with simple shortcodes.
You can choose to pull post thumbnails from sticky posts or categories, or build sliders by manually uploading the images. Images will also automatically crop and fit to set dimensions.
You may be thinking to yourself that there is already a Nivo Slider plugin. That is true, but I believe it was coded by a third party, and it’s not as feature rich. However, this official plugin does come at a price. You can buy the Nivo Slider for $15.
Do you use the Nivo Slider? If so, are you excited about this plugin? I know it’s a pretty crowded market, but would you consider this sort of feature set worth a few dollars?
You can watch a demo video of the slider in action after the break.