The world’s most popular slider plugin for WordPress, MetaSlider, today released a “slider block” for the highly anticipated Gutenberg WordPress editing experience.

Many people are wondering how MetaSlider will work with the new platform and if we have made efforts to make the two compatible.   Short answer – yes, and you can download the new release today.

What is Gutenberg?

The Gutenberg editor is being designed to make the process of building a website in WordPress even simpler and more intuitive so that just about anyone can publish content, regardless of whether they have any technical knowledge or are able to write code.

Gutenberg works by taking away the need for inconsistent ways of creating custom content, by creating various types of content blocks (e.g. text, videos, images, quotes, etc). Users are able to add blocks individually, filling each one with content as they go along and then positioning them in exactly the right position.

Gutenberg will be much more in line with modern coding standards and aligned with open web initiatives. Gutenberg will soon become a part of the WordPress core, replacing TinyMCE as the default content editor on every up-to-date WordPress website. If all goes to plan, it will be a revolutionary innovation that will change everything about website-building for the better.

How the MetaSlider block option will look in Gutenberg

How is UpdraftPlus adapting MetaSlider for Gutenberg?

Whilst most of our plugins work on the backend, MetaSlider is meant to be inserted in the content.

Our vision is to give our users the best experience when creating simple or feature rich slideshows, and to eventually allow them to manage them completely where they need them: in the editor.

The traditional short code method still works, but it’s not very user friendly. With the arrival of Gutenberg, managing complex content doesn’t have to be done using complicated sub-programming anymore. We can insert a block, and voilà, a slideshow is a couple of clicks away, just like a simple image or a paragraph of text.

We’ve been following Gutenberg’s progress closely, testing and reporting bugs, and we’ve now released our first version of MetaSlider to include a Slider Block for Gutenberg.

The MetaSlider block allows you to easily add any of your existing slideshows anywhere on the page, and to preview them inline with your post, like you would expect. No more copy-pasting of short codes. Insert a block, select the slideshow from the list, and the preview loads.

While allowing users to manage their slideshows from the editor is our aim (e.g. add and edit slideshows), it will take Gutenberg some time to become mature, and we want to wait further to include more powerful editing functions to our block.

An added feature of MetaSlider Premium is the ability to add a scheduler slider that will activate and deactivate on the dates of your choice. For example, if you wanted to showcase a seasonal holiday, you could automatically schedule a Christmas slider to appear on your site every year in December.

A spokesman from MetaSlider said “we’re continuing to work hard on MetaSlider, adding great features and improving existing ones. We’ll also shortly be launching the concept of Slider Themes where you can change the look and feel of a slider in one click“.

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