In today’s article, I would like to show you the best free and premium slider plugins that are available for WordPress. I hope you enjoy the list.
Len Slider (FREE)
Len Slider is a slider plugin that uses jQuery and CSS3 effects for animations. It can be used to develop carousels or slideshows. Many different skins can be selected too.
With the plugin only adding one query to your website, Len Slider is one of the most efficient slider plugins available.
Len Slider is a simple slider solution that allows an unlimited number of sliders.
Soliloquy (FREE / $19+)
Soliloquy is a responsive slider plugin that lets you create beautiful sliders in just a few minutes. It allows meta information to be added to images to improve search engine optimization and supports swiping for touch enabled devices.
The pro version of the plugin includes support for video playback. It also includes a range of add ons including Instagram integration, Pinterest integration, lightbox support, cropping, and thumbnails.
Soliloquy is easy to use and the final output looks fantastic.
Cyclone Slider 2 (FREE)
Based upon the jQuery powered slideshow plugin Cycle2, Cyclone Slider 2 is a versatile slider that supports images, videos, testimonials, and HTML.
Slides are responsive so look good on any device. It also supports random slides and comes with a widget to display sliders. Images can also be imported from NextGEN Gallery.
Cyclone Slider 2 is easy to use and supports videos and HTML.
Smooth Slider (FREE)
Smooth Slider is a useful WordPress plugin that lets you create slides for featured posts, pages, images, and custom post types. It has a responsive design and features six transition effects.
Slides are optimized for search engines and for mobile users. Recent posts and categories can be used to power slides and you can customize the background of each slide.
Smooth Slider may not be as stylish as some other slider plugins, however it has a lot of great features.
SlideDeck 2 (FREE / $49+)
SlideDeck 2 is an interesting plugin that lets you create responsive slides from almost anything. The free version of the plugin allows you to pull content from your blog posts, YouTube, Flickr, and Pinterest. The premium version offers ten more content sources such as Google+ posts, Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo.
Unique styles can be applied to slides. Known as lenses, these styles allow you to change the look of slides in many unique ways. Three lenses are included with the free version, though more are available if you upgrade.
SlideDeck is highly configurable and very simple to use.
Easing Slider (FREE / €19.99+)
Easing Slider is a lightweight responsive slider that only adds 16kb to your total page size. It features CSS3 transitions, preloading functionality to ensure your slider loads right away, and a visual editor for styling your slides. Images can be added to slides directly from your existing WordPress media library.
Easing Slider Pro includes support for YouTube and Vimeo video playback. It also includes technical support.
Easing Slider will help you create beautiful slides in minutes.
EasyRotator is a handy plugin that lets you add responsive photo rotators and sliders into your posts or pages. A widget is also available to let you add images directly into your website design.
Slides can be created with recent posts or featured posts. Video and audio is also supported and mobile users can use touch to move through slides. Forty five templates are included with the plugin so you have a lot of flexibility over how slides are displayed. EasyRotator is also optimized for search engines.
EasyRotator is a practical solution that has support for images, video, and audio.
Meta Slider (FREE / $19+)
Meta Slider is a fast slideshow plugin that can pull images from your WordPress media library. It includes four types of slider: Flex Slider 2, Nivo Slider, Responsive Slides, and Coin Slider. Slides are optimized for search engines and can be inserted into widgets or into content with shortcodes.
The pro version of the plugin features animated layer slides, post feed slides, video slides, HTML slides, and thumbnail navigation.
The free version of Meta Slider offers four different types of slides.
Responsive Slider (FREE)
A basic slider solution that lets you add a responsive slider to your theme, post, or page. In comparison to other slider plugins, it does not offer many settings.
The width and height of slides can be defined in the settings area. You can also choose the time delay between slides and the length of time for animations to execute.
Responsive Slider is a simple slider that comes with two transition effects.
WOW Slider (FREE)
WOW Slider has a peculiar set up. Rather than upload your slides directly, you need to download the WOW Slider application for Windows or Mac. You then create your slides on the application, save your slide as a zip file, and then upload that zip file to your website. Next, you insert the slides you created into your post or page using a shortcode.
The application features lots of templates and produces search engine friendly slides that are optimized for touch enabled mobile devices. It is a lightweight solution too with slides only adding between 4kb and 12kb to your total page size.
WOW Slider has a huge number of slide templates available.
Slider Revolution ($19)
Slider Revolution is the best selling slider plugin on CodeCanyon. It is easy to see why. The plugin can produce beautiful slides from your posts, images, videos, and more.
It offers a huge amount of options on how navigation, captions, and transitions, are displayed. Slides are responsive and allow mobile users to navigate by swiping. Check out the demo to see how good its slides are.
Slider Revolution looks fantastic and boasts a huge amount of features and customization options.
RoyalSlider is a responsive touch enabled slider that allows you to display posts, HTML, Videos, Flickr, Instagram, and custom post types such as WooCommerce items.
Multiple sliders can be added to a page and there are four unique skins that can be applied to slides. The CSS of skins can be edited directly through the plugin.
RoyalSlider can display slides from many different sources.
LayerSlider is a beautiful responsive slider plugin that is known for its stylish animation effects. It features over two hundred transition types, three navigation types, and thirteen unique skins.
The plugin is optimized for search engines and uses lazy loading to ensure fast loading of slide content. Images, video, and audio, are all supported. Every aspect of slides can be customized through the admin area, from the styling of slides, to the way that videos play.
LayerSlider offers a huge number of transition effects and customization options.
Slider PRO ($25)
Slider PRO is a useful slider plugin that features over one hundred and fifty options and over one hundred possible transition effects. It can load any type of content from your website including posts, pages, and custom post types. It can also display images, Flickr photos, and videos.
Slides are responsive and touch enabled for swiping through content. It also includes fifteen different theme skins for styling your slides.
Slider PRO offers includes over one hundred transition effects and allows multiple sliders on one page.
TouchCarousel is a cool slider plugin that displays your posts in slides. As the name suggests, the plugin allows mobile users to navigate through slides by swiping. It is optimized for search engines and offers twenty different options over your layout and the way slides are displayed
Four unique layouts for slides and five different skins are included. Slides can be inserted directly into templates using PHP or into posts and pages using shortcodes.
TouchCarousel is optimized for mobile devices and features beautiful CSS3 transitions.
A beautiful responsive slider plugin that zooms into the image that is being displayed. It also supports YouTube and Vimeo videos.
Three skins are included with the theme and you can display animated text on top of slides. The final result looks very professional.
Responsive Zoom In/Out Slider helps you create professionally styled slides in minutes.
Next Slider ($20)
Last on our list is Next Slider; a responsive jQuery powered slider that has support for images and videos. Built upon WooThemes’ FlexSlider toolkit, it allows multiple sliders to be added to the same page and features slide and fade transitions.
Multiple settings can be controlled via the admin area including the transition effect and the time that a slide is displayed.
Blog provided by Kevin Muldoon – Posted on May 1