Sliders are a great and interactive way to showcase your latest or featured posts in your WordPress blog. In this article I will showcase 30 of the top WordPress featured slider plugins.
Free WordPress Slider Plugins
This list of slider plugin is divided into two section. First I will list the free plugins that you are free to use and further down you will find the premium paid WordPress slider plugins.
In this first part of the article I will showcase some of the top free WordPress slider plugins.
NextGEN Gallery is the most popular photo gallery plugin for WordPress, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of any kind with over 5 million downloads.
It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.
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Promotion slider is a jQuery slider that makes it easy to insert a simple slideshow, or implement multiple rotating ad zones, on a webpage. Because it is highly-customizable, you are in complete control of what shows on the slider, what shows on your promotion pages and how it all works. A simple options page and straight-forward shortcodes provide great flexibility to the average user, while power users can take advantage of special actions and filters built into the plugin to add their own customizations.
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Smooth Slider is a WordPress Plugin for creating a dynamic slideshow/s for featured Posts, Pages, Media Images and Custom Post Types on a WordPress site.
Smooth Slider adds a smooth content and image slideshow with customizable background and slide intervals to any location of your blog
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Easy Nivo Slider
Easy Nivo Slider allows you to easily add the awesome Nivo Slider to any post, page, or sidebar without writing any code. This plugin generates the slideshow for you, allowing many customizations including size, speed, type of animation, navigation behavior, etc. Select which images are used in the slider – all images attached to a post/page, featured images from a category/custom post type/taxonomy/term, or images in a NexGen gallery.
Define up to three slider configurations, setting the slider size and navigation behavior. Then add as many sliders as you want using those configurations, customizing each one for image selection, animation, and speed.
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WP Orbit Slider
WP Orbit Slider is a jQuery slider that uses custom post type and taxonomies. Oh, its also responsive!
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WP Coda Slider
Add a jQuery Coda Slider to any WordPress post or page configured with custom metabox options, shortcode or template tag
WP Coda Slider adds a Coda Slider using Kevin Batdorf’s new Coda Slider jQuery plugin. Use a shortcode, template tag or create a custom slider using the custom meta boxes added to the post edit screen.
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[nivo] shortcode for the jQuery “Nivo slider” for posts, pages, attachments and custom post types using oik.
The [nivo] shortcode implements the jQuery Nivo slider, which is considered by some to be “The Most Awesome jQuery Image Slider”.
The [nivo] shortcode can be used to display a variety of slideshows with/without links.
It can be used to direct the user to any post/page/custom content type.
The [nivo] shortcode uses the oik plugin’s shortcode API for lazy smart shortcodes.
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IvyCat AJAX Image Slider
Simple image slider that uses AJAX to load and switch images.
This plugin is a lightweight template/framework for developers to easily add a powerful AJAX image slider to a page.
- Use simple shortcodes to add a slider to a page.
- Create multiple slider groups.
- Supports one slider per page.
- The first slide loads when the page loads and the rest are pulled in via AJAX, speeding up initial page load.
- Uses a custom post type for the slides making it easy for you, or customers, to add new slides and groups.
- Uses the featured image of the slide’s post.
- You create the slide order.
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JJ NextGen JQuery Slider
Allows you to pick a gallery from the ‘NextGen Gallery’ plugin to use as a ‘JQuery Nivo slider’.
The ‘JJ NextGen JQuery Slider’ allows you to create a ‘Nivo slider’ (http://nivo.dev7studios.com/) as a widget or as a shortcode. This plugin uses the ‘NextGen Gallery’ plugin for its images.
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The Easing Slider is an image slider plugin for WordPress which uses the jQuery Easing plugin.
The Easing Slider comes with various options that allow you to choose different sources to get the images from and also multiple styling options so that you”ll never have to edit any files directly & with ease. Create your own unique elegant slider.
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Soliloquy Lite Responsive Image Slider
Soliloquy is by far the best responsive WordPress image slider plugin on the market. Soliloquy is audited by Mark Jaquith, lead developer of WordPress, for security and features the easiest to use and most performance optimized code for an image slider plugin. By utilizing custom post types, Soliloquy allows you to create an infinite number of responsive image sliders with an infinite number of images in each slider with a few clicks of the mouse.
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Related Posts Slider
Related posts slider creates a very attractive slider of the related content from the same WordPress site or blog.
The slider is a lightweight jQuery implementation of the related post functionality. Apart from template tag, it has a ready shortcode and widget as well to insert the slider anywhere in the blog post.
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jQuery Horizontal Slider
Plugin/Widget for create slider menus or slider galleries with a horizontal JQuery effect.
The Horitzontal Slider is an extremely easy way to perform your own header, banner or photo gallery for your wordpress site. You can also create slider menus. With Jquery effects, this plugin or widget will make your web so dynamical and striking.
The admin panel allows you to customize all the plugin, so you can add this to this site without writing any piece of code. You can load images from your multimedia WordPress Gallery, as well as choose size and speed transitions. It’s very simple and useful. You can also customize SEO labels for increase search engine positioning.
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Image News slider
Image News slider is a plugin that allow us to display slideshow on your website.
It is also allow us to use it as a widget.You can also enable Image news slider on your WordPress site by placing code snippet in your template php file.
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UnPointZero slider is a plugin that display a slideshow for your news or pages. And it’s fully customizable ! V3.0 out !
UnPointZero slider is a plugin that display a slideshow for your news or pages !
It’s fully customizable with CSS and scale automatically images to the right size. Different sliding effects available.
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WP Featured Content Slider
WP-Featured Content Slider is a must have Plugin to smoothly show unlimited Posts/Pages in a nice jQuery Slideshow.
WP Featured Content Slider is a very powerful WordPress Slideshow. You can feature as many Posts and Pages as you want. You can define a picture for every single post/page which will then be automatically cropped to the right resolution (using WordPress build-in thumbnail function). WP-Featured Content Slider comes with a great option set. You can even define sliding effects such as “fade” or “slideRight” and many more. Furthermore you can adjust timeout and many Layout and Design Options (adjust image size, slider size and more). Inserting Posts/Pages to WP-Featured Content Slider is as easy as one can imagine. Simply choose “Feature in WP-Featured Content Slider” when editing a post/page.
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Transform your experience with sliders forever. A beautiful, true WYSIWYG interface designed to blend seamlessly with the WordPress core.
Total Slider is a plugin for WordPress from Van Patten Media that will transform your experience with sliders forever. Build your own templates in PHP and CSS, then preview the output in a beautiful WYSIWYG interface designed to blend seamlessly with the WordPress core.
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Easy Gallery Slider
Responsive slider uses the images attached to a post or page. Simple to customize and configure.
This slider is easy to use, but powerful. It is designed to be responsive, and works perfectly with mobile devices. It can be automatically displayed on posts and pages, inserted by shortcode or PHP. The slides are pulled on each post from the attached images (gallery).
- Automatically display slider for every post and/or page
- Slides are created from images attached to the post/page it is displayed on (WordPress Gallery)
- Responsive slider performs the same on every platform (desktop or mobile)
- Fade or slide effects
- Navigation with buttons, “dots”, keyboard, scroll-wheel, automatic timer
- Show titles and descriptions with an overlay
- Link individual slides to any URL
- Show a “zoom” button to integrate with a Lightbox plugin
- Many options available through an easy to use admin interface
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WP Slick Slider
Utilizing the power of custom post types and Custom meta boxes, adds a powerful and customizable slider to your WordPress site.
WP Slick Slider was created as a powerful , customizable and editable jQuery cycle plugin.
It uses a custom post type and taxonomy to create a slider, with almost unlimited options and support for multiple sliders on any page and full template support, the options are endless.
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Premium paid WordPress slider plugins
The following list are some of the available paid premium WordPress slider for you to purchase.
Slider PRO is one of the most powerful slider plugins for WordPress on the market (some buyers have been saying that it’s actually the best).
The slider is fully responsive and mobile-ready. It provides 150+ options, 100+ possible transition effects, from simple ‘fade’, ‘slide’ or ‘swipe’ effects to more complex ‘slice’ effects, 15+ skins and much more. Also, the slider’s administration area is very powerful and uses the default WordPress design, which WordPress users are already familiar with.
This slider plugin is carefully coded, using WordPress development best practices. Please take a look at the list of features below and visit the slider’s dedicated website, sliderpro.net, for more information, screencasts and examples.
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RoyalSlider – Touch Content Slider
RoyalSlider for WordPress is a cross-device jQuery content slider with touch-based navigation and responsive layout. It has user-friendly admin area where you can manage slides, change slider settings, customize interface and add blocks-captions using custom WYSIWIG editor.
uBillboard is a Premium Slider for WordPress. It is a jQuery based slider with a multitude of transitions and options for you to be able to customize it to your needs while not overwhelming you with options you never wanted or needed. Version 3 was a revolutionary release with most of the codebase rewritten from scratch. This has enabled us to integrate many features that you have been requesting during the first year. In version 3.5 we’ve added mobile support with touch controls, responsive design, retina graphics and performance improvements.
We believe that with a feature set like this it will be of great value to both, new WordPress users as well as seasoned expert users and developers, that would like to include it with their own themes.
With that in mind it supports the widest variety of platforms possible. We support all WordPress versions back to 3.0. And on the front end we support all major browsers. We are also committed to supporting as many platforms as possible, so if you feel we missed some, drop us an email and we’ll see what we can do.
LayerSlider WP – The WordPress Parallax Slider
You can create as many layers and sublayers as you want. You can use images or any other HTML elements, including Flash movies as layers. The script is very user-friendly, you can add global settings or local (per slide) settings to each layer or sublayer. You can change delay times, easing types, durations and much more with the WYSIWYG editor
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Pristine Slider: pure CSS3 interactive slider
The slider is easily customizable through the options page in the dashboard. You can change various settings like timings, transition duration, transition effect, width, height etc. Additionally, you can easily style the slider with CSS .
The slider with four effects built-in, you can see the all in action in the Live Preview:
- Ken Burns
- 2D Transforms
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Slider Evolution for WordPress
Create an unlimited number of sliders with customized settings for each one, and place them anywhere on your WordPress website with ease.
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Sugar Slider – Premium WordPress Slider Manager
Sugar Slider makes it as easy as it could possibly be to create gorgeous sliders for your WordPress powered site. Forget nasty custom fields and image URLs. You can even forget about manually resizing every image before you upload it.
With a huge list of features, Sugar Slider is easily the most advanced and powerful slider manager for WordPress.
Create an unlimited number of sliders with customized settings for each one, and place them anywhere on your WordPress website with ease.
Sugar Slider is so packed full of features that you will never need another slider manager.
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KenBurner Slider WordPress Plugin
KenBurner is the premium way of using a slider in your website. A combination of Ken Burns Effect, state-of-the-art Slider and Text Animations defines this slider.
Customize this slider with our drag&drop backend to your very needs. Give each slider some captions to transport your message. Use your Ken Burns Animated banner elements with the possibility of playing YouTube and Vimeo clips in a special detail view with describing text.
The Ken Burns is totally customizable: Start-, End Point, Zoom In or Out, Zoom Factor are all in the different slider parameters. Or go nuts and choose “Random”!
And do not forget that you not only can animate your picture transitions and the Ken Burns Effect but the elements (Text, Icons, Pics…) on each slide too. You can create unlimited amounts of objects and let them appear with style!
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Sublime Slider for WordPress
WP Sublime Slider is a fantastic WordPress plugin that allows you to create and display unlimited image galleries on your site. You can create sliders using your own images or even from a Flickr photo-set or Picasa web album.
The plugin supports multiple themes and the included (Sublime) theme can display your galleries at full screen or fit within your own predefined dimensions.
This is the perfect plugin to show off your photographic work on your WordPress driven site.
If you are the theme developer, this plugin will work with your creative ideas, not against it!
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The WP UniSlider plugin adds an elegant and sleek slider feature to your pages, You can use it as an images slideshow, or put any html content to slide.
There are many features and options included, easy to customize and implement.
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