WordPress 3D Rotator
As part of the development of a yet to be released custom WordPress theme, the client asked for a 3D product rotator feature. While this could have been created with an existing plugin or component, we decided to build a custom rotator for the following reasons.
Visual design was a high priority of the site implementation, and existing plugins we tried were difficult to style correctly.
Loading a 3D rotator can be costly in terms of performance. By creating a custom plugin, we could optimize the hit to page load times.
A custom plugin allowed us to create the best possible experience for all users, especially including good keyboard support.
Creating a 3D rotator involves managing a large number of assets, including entering x/y coordinates on each image to track product features. By creating a custom plugin, we were able to create a workflow that improved the speed of creating new content.
The final result was a WordPress plugin that optimizes load times, is fully accessible, and meets the design requirements of the client.