In this post we’re going to take a look at some of the WordPress slider plugins out there, and I’ve even ranked them into a list. The list is a bit arbitrary as different plugins are good for different things, so take the rankings with a grain of salt. After compiling this list, it seems that I have a preference for sliders that are newer, have simple and clean designs, and are really easy to use.
1. Slider Pro – Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin
Description: My current favorite image slider plugin for WordPress is Slider Pro. This is a fully responsive and touch-enabled WordPress slider plugin that allows you to create professional and elegant sliders. This slider plugin was built with user experience in mind, striving to provide a clean and intuitive user interface in the admin area and a smooth navigation experience for the end-users.
Slider Pro avoids unnecessary fanciness, that many times is an obstacle for end-users in getting the information they need, and instead focuses on simplicity and performance, while still providing a wide range of customization possibilities. While simple, this plugin actually has a ton of functionality and options, and it is really easy to use!
2. Accordion Slider – Responsive WordPress Plugin
Description: Accordion Slider is a fully responsive and touch-enabled WordPress plugin that combines the functionality of an accordion with that of a slider. The Accordion Slider plugin brings the best of both worlds, offering a modern, intuitive and engaging user experience. This slider is maybe a bit more simple than some of the others on this list, but it works really well and is easy to use.
3. News Box – WordPress Contents Slider and Viewer
Description: This isn’t your typical image slider. News Box is meant to display contents from different sources and display them in an unique environment. Given different sources, the plugin automatically fetches last news and sort them by date. Every box can have unlimited sources, you can mix contents from: any RSS feed, Facebook pages, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Google+, Soundcloud, Tumblr and of course display WordPress posts from one/more/any categories.
Supports also any WordPress custom post type. Only requirement is to be public and assiciated with a taxonomy. You can also use post excerpts to show different contents in box’s initial mode. Finally is possible to set a source offset, to avoid first news or to compose multi-bo setups. Just imagine a grid of 3 boxes showing nine different contents from the same source!
Do you want to display latest Tweets and posts from your corporate Facebook page and also latest posts from your site? No problem, the plugin handles everything for you. Titles, links, images, lists, tables: everything is collected and ready to be used. Everything with maximum ease and in few minutes: the plugin is in fact ready to be used out of the box! News Box is also fully responsive, adaptive and mobile optimized to guarantee a perfect content display on any device.
4. RoyalSlider – Touch Content Slider for WordPress
Description: This slider is kind of similar to my choice for number one, the Slider Pro. Royal Slider for WordPress is responsive image gallery and HTML content slider plugin with touch swipe navigation. Plugin is mobile-friendly and allows creating completely custom slideshows and css3 banner rotators with images, videos or HTML content in slides. You can also dynamically populate data from Flickr, 500px, Instagram or featured posts of any post type – like WooCommerce products. Developed in best practices of CSS3 and HTML5. For photo gallery you can enable vertical or horizontal thumbnails, enable lazy-loading or fullscreen. Carousel also supports YouTube or Vimeo videos that allows you to create video galleries.
5. Master Slider – WordPress Responsive Touch Slider
Description: Master Slider WordPress is a premium high quality designed image and content slider for WordPress, with super smooth hardware accelerated transitions. It supports touch navigation with pure swipe gesture that you have never experienced before. It’s a truly responsive and device friendly slider which works perfect in all major devices. Master Slider is an awesome layer slider as well, with the ability of adding any HTML contents (texts, images, …) in layers. You almost have everything in Master slider which is the most complete among the best, hotspots, thumbnails, variety of effects, Video support and much more. This is one of the more popular slider plugins, and I’ve included it at number five because it does work quite well, but is no longer my top choice.
6. xSlider – Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin
Description: xSlider is a new slider that was released in May 2015. It is a multi-purpose plugin for WordPress that allows you to create stunning sliders. It already comes with a lot of features and ready-to-use animations, it’s fully responsive, SEO friendly, supports touch navigation and more. Its one-page interface is amazingly easy to use and full of very useful features for moving sliders to other wordpress websites, copying slides & settings between sliders, duplicating elements and so on. xSlider can be extended with ready-to-use slider templates that you can easily import, adapt to your needs and use in your website without having to create them from scratch!
7. Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin
Description: Rev Slider for a long time was the most popular WordPress slider on the market (it still is in terms of sales), however, a major security flaw really damaged their brand and I think a lot of users perhaps just don’t trust it anymore. That flaw is now fixed and this is a top slider with every feature under the sun, so I’m including it at number seven. Use Rev Slider to create a responsive (mobile friendly) or full width slider with must-see-effects and meanwhile keep or build your SEO optimization (all content always readable for search engines). See the heaps of custom transitions/animations for each object on the page! Customize this slider with our convenient drag&drop backend to your very needs. This plugin features tons of unique transition effects, an image preloader, video embedding, autoplay that stops on user interaction and lots of easy to set options to create your own effects.
8. LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin
Description: LayerSlider WP is a premium multi-purpose slider for creating image galleries, content sliders, and mind-blowing slideshows with must-see effects, even from your WordPress posts and pages. It uses cutting edge technologies to provide the smoothest experience that’s possible, and it comes with more than 200 preset 2D and 3D slide transitions. It has a beautiful and easy-to-use admin interface with supporting modern features like drag n’drop WYSIWYG slider builder, real-time previews, timeline view, Google Fonts and transition builder for custom animations.
It’s device friendly by supporting responsive mode, multiple layouts, touch gestures on mobile devices, and uses techniques like lazy load and conditional script loading for optimal performance. You can add any content into sliders, including images, text, custom HTML, YouTube and Vimeo videos or HTML5 self-hosted multimedia contents. It’s also SEO friendly by allowing you to build semantic markup with custom attributes that search engines can index easily.
LayerSlider comes with 13 built-in skins, and it has tons of options to entirely customize the appearance and behavior of your sliders at the smallest detail. I view this slider as being very similar to Rev Slider above. It seems to be a bit complicated to use, but does have a ton of features.
So there you have it, my list of the top eight slider plugins for WordPress!