Once you build a widget like a slide show, you can easily insert it into an article, blog post, or custom module. And better yet, you can have multiple slide shows, tabs, accordions, etc on a page (many slideshow don’t work if you put more than one on a page).
In addition to all the great widgets, WidgetKit includes a media player that plays HTML5 video and audio. What’s more, it has a backward compatible flash player so you can accommodate users with browsers that don’t understand HTML5 video and audio. This is a very important feature since all of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod users require HTML5 video: they can’t play flash video.
I highly recommend WidgetKit from Yootheme; it has become a standard extension that I install on all Joomla sites I build.
Yootheme’s Widgetkit is the WORST animation set I’ve ever worked with. The templet CSS files are incomplete so making their image rotators / sliders work with multiple browsers is nearly impossible, may have been easier to start from scratch. If you think your website visitors are only using Firefox, then Widgetkit may be a good solution for you. Also, before investing in anything Yootheme, I would take a look at their forum, with poor unsuspecting designers BEGGING for some help with the massive amount of bugs and conflicts, with absolutely no response from staff. They showcase their stuff well on their website, I would not expect the same results in Chrome, Safari or IE.
Pat Fortino says
I’ve had no trouble with widgetkit slides or widgetkit in general. I use chrome for development and test in safari, chrome, firefox, and IE and widgetkit works in all. Othewise I wouldn’t use it.
I agree that yootheme has terrible support. I expect that when I pay for templates, I get developer not volunteer support. Yootheme will need to change this or they will suffer no matter how nice their templates and widgets look.
Pat Fortino says
Also, keep in mind that Yootheme Widgetkit and Yootheme templates ARE NOT expected to work in outdated browsers like IE6 or 7.