How to simply integrate Liquid Slider with CMSMS

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How to simply integrate Liquid Slider with CMSMS

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In this post I'm going to explain how I integrated the Liquid Slider Script http://liquidslider.kevinbatdorf.com with the CMSMS interface during the development of the Taste of Tuscany Wedding website http://www.tasteoftuscanywedding.eu, in a way that would keep the simplicity of use typical of CMSMS while letting the users manage the sliders in the website.

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The Taste of Tuscany Wedding website has, on the Home Page and in many internal pages, a set of content sliders made of photos with captivating quotes. How was possible to edit this kind of content without adding difficulty for the staff?

After some research, I choose to use an ad hoc* page template, sporting a ready-made content slider with a fixed number of elements. Liquid Slider works giving to an element a specific tag (in this case an h2 tag) to generate a sliding element; I had to make this editable, and to make the image choosing and loading simple and straightforward.

To do this I used this code:

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<div>
  {content block="Image1" tab="Slide"}
  <h2 class="title">{content block="Text1" oneline="true" tab="Slide"}</h2>
</div>
For every sliding element I inserted a content block for every image, making it appear on a "Slide" tab in the Page editing interface, and another one of the oneline kind (the kind that accepts only one line of unformatted text) to generate the correct h2 tag.

The first content block is a WYSIWYG one, and it lets the user choose and load every image he wants or, if necessary, include other kind of contents.

Doing so, when the user access the Page editing interface, finds the new "Slide" tab, which offers everything is necessary to manage the slider in the page.

Easy, uh?

Pro Alternatives

A more flexible but complex alternative would be to use ListIt Extender to generate the sliding elements list for every content slider, but in my example the user has only to choose the right page template to start editing the slider content.
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Re: How to simply integrate Liquid Slider with CMSMS

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I would have used the Album module ;) ...
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Re: How to simply integrate Liquid Slider with CMSMS

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I thought about using Album, but the solution was too complex for the admin people
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Click Album, add images, click add comment on images to add h1/2 title, submit, done...

You would add the template for it then check it as default so they don't have to choose it...
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Re: How to simply integrate Liquid Slider with CMSMS

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I evaluated it, but I choose to have a solution per page, built in the page admin for simplicity's sake
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