Thanks for the helpful information, Ralph and Ray!
This slideshow will be a very simple slideshow with each image simply fading/dissolving into the next one after a constant specified duration. Each image would be a link as well. It would be nice to have the slideshow pause at the current slide upon hover over, but not essential as long as I'm able to have forward/backward arrows.
That is a cool slider! Thanks, I've bookmarked it as I'm quite certain it will come in handy for different future projects.
As a side question, since PHP is still in the air here, for things that you can do in either HTML or PHP, is it preferable to use HTML in such cases instead of PHP? And if so, would this reason be because using HTML rather than PHP would be faster for the visitor as they won't have to wait for processing from the server, as well as being easier on the server? An example of what I mean is:
<?php echo "Hello world"; ?>