The Lab Bannerspace – WordPress Slideshow Plugin


Bannerspace is powered by the awesome jQuery Cycle plugin. The plugin creates a custom post type for your slides.

Bannerspace – WordPress Slideshow Plugin

Bannerspace is a versatile banner and slideshow plugin powered by the awesome jQuery Cycle. The plugin creates a custom post type for your slides and allows the user to create simple slideshows with funky transition effects such as fade, scroll, shuffle, zoom, and more!

At the moment it’s only capable of creating a single slide show per page, but it’s still kickass. You can adjust the size of the thumbnails and full-size images in the settings. You may need to rebuild your images using a plugin like Regenerate Thumbnails.



  • Use custom the transition effects
  • Easily set the size of the banner, image ,and content areas
  • Image loading options for a graceful start to your slideshow
  • Order slides via drag and drop using the Simple Page Ordering plugin
  • Change the colour of the UI elements
  • Add custom links to each slide (or entire slider)
  • Settings located in Bannerspace Options


Using Template Tags

  • If you want to hard code this gallery into a page template you can use the below code to do so.

<?php echo do_shortcode('[[bannerspace]]'); ?>


Shortcode attributes for showing multiple banners

You can set the following attributes you control your gallery:

  • cat – Set the category ID of the specific banner you’d like to show
  • category_name -Set the category slug of the specific banner you’d like to show

[[bannerspace cat="5"]]

[[bannerspace category_name="home"]]


Confused? Here is a basic guide.

You have installed the plugin… now what?

  • Add, edit and delete banner slides within the Banner Slides item within the WordPress admin menu (this is like a custom post type).
  • Create a new post to add a slide to the slideshow. Attach your slide image to the Feature Image field, add a title and optional content that will display to the right of the image.
  • Want to add specific images to multiple slideshows? Create a unique Category within the Banner Slides custom post type and assign to all all the slides you want on that slide show. Use the shortcode attributes above to show a specific slideshow category.
  • There is an option to customise the slideshow settings such as image sizes, layout, and text colours. To make any major layout changes, you can use a custom CSS file.
  • Add a custom link to the slideshow by entering the URL into a custom field in the slide post.


Like this? Download the plugin.

Dean Oakley

Written by Dean Oakley

Dean founded Thrive Digital in 2006 and has worked in the design and development space ever since. He received 1st Class Honours in a Bachelor of IT and oversees all technical aspects of our projects.