The sliders (carousel images or slideshows) are a good way to put content ahead, publish the latest news or important to show your best photos and videos. Online stores also use them to promote their special offers and their important products.
In recent years, I noticed that the carousels became automatically integrated elements in many WordPress themes free and premium themes.
Do not worry, if your theme is not an option provided for displaying a slider, there are many plugins available that will allow you to insert a slideshow in the design of your site or within your articles and pages.
In today’s article, I want to show you the best free and paid plugin to insert a slider on your WordPress site. I hope you enjoy this list.
Slider Revolution is extending slider largest selling on CodeCanyon, and we understand why. The plugin can produce magnificent slides for your articles, images, videos and more.
It offers many options for navigation, transitions, and images. Slides are responsives and allow mobile users to navigate with your fingertips. Watch the demo to see the slides .
RoyalSlider is a responsive slider suitable for mobile use. The plugin allows to arrange the articles, videos, Instagram or Flickr posts as you like and also supports HTML.
Multiple sliders can be added to a page and there are four styles to be applied to slides. CSS themes can be changed directly from the plugin. A good investment for your site!
LayerSlider is a beautiful slideshow responsive plugin which is recognized for its highly stylized animation effects. It offers more than two hundred types of transition, three types of navigation and thirteen different appearances.
The slideshow WordPress plugin is optimized for search engines and uses prefetching to ensure fast loading of content on your slides. It supports images, sound and video. Each element of the slides can be customized from the table of directors, of the style of slides to how they distribute your videos.
Slider PRO is a very useful plugin that offers more than one hundred and fifty percent more options and possible transition effects. This can load any type of content on your website, including articles, pages and types of personalized items (custom post type). It can also display images, Flickr photos and videos.
The carousel is responsive and tailored for smartphones. It contains fifteen different skins to customize your slides.
TouchCarousel is a super cool slideshow plugin that displays your items in the slides. As the name suggests, the plugin allows users to navigate through the slides by sliding your finger. It is optimized for search engines and offers twenty different options for the carousel interface and the way the slides are displayed in it.
Four unique visuals for five different slides and themes are included. The slides can be inserted directly into templates using PHP or in articles or pages using shortcodes.
A responsive plugin that zoom in the image shown. It supports Youtube and Vimeo videos.
Three appearances are provided with the theme. You can view animated text over the slides. The end result is very professional and interesting.
The last plugin is a jQuery responsive slider that supports images and videos. It is built on the tools of the theme FlexSlider WooTheme. It allows you to add multiple slideshows on the same page and contains some very interesting features such as transition fades.
Many settings can be controlled via the administration panel including the transition effect and display time slides. A very interesting plugin slider to make your WordPress blog !
Soliloquy is an plugin of responsive slider that lets you create beautiful carousels in minutes. It adds information to images ALT and Title to improve the optimization in the search engines and allows you to scroll your slides fingertips for mobile devices that allow it.
The pro version of the plugin allows also the distribution of videos. It also contains a variety of features such as the integration of Instagram and Pinterest, using lightbox, image cropping and adding vignettes.
Using the power of jQuery Cycle 2 , the plugin Cyclone Slider 2 is a versatile slider that accepts images, videos, testimonies and HTML.
The slideshow is responsive, so it perfectly fits all devices. The plugin allows the distribution of random slides and also provides a widget to integrate the slider on the inside of your posts and your pages. Images can also be imported from NextGEN Gallery .
Smooth Slider is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create slides for your items to one, pages, images and types of custom items. Its design is responsive and offers six transition effects.
The slides are optimized for search engines and for smartphone users. Recent articles and categories can be used to generate slides which you can customize the background.
SlideDeck 2 is an interesting plugin that allows to create responsive slides based on almost any type of elements. The free version of the plugin allows to search content from articles of your blog, Youtube, Flickr and Pinterest. The paid version offers ten additional sources of content such as Google+, Facebook, Instagram and Vimeo. Unique styles can be applied to slides. These styles let you change the look of the slides of different interesting and quite personalized ways. Three styles are included in the free version and many others in the premium version.
Easing Slider is a lightweight responsive slider that weighs only 16kb. The plugin offers using CSS3 transitions, features preload to ensure a fluid circulation and a visual editor to style your slides. Images can be added to the slides directly from your WordPress media library. Easing Slider Pro supports video streaming from YouTube and Vimeo. The plugin includes excellent technical support.
EasyRotator is a WordPress plugin very convenient that lets you add pictures responsives rotate and add sliders within articles, pages and custom post type.
Slides can be created with recent articles and items to a. The plugin supports video and sound and smartphone users can navigate through slides by tapping the screen. Forty-five templates are included in the plugin so you can enjoy maximum flexibility. EasyRotator is also optimized for search engines.
Meta Slider is a rapid plugin that can pick images from your WordPress library. It contains four types of sliders: Flex Slider 2, Nivo Slider, Responsive Slides and Coin Slider. The slides are optimized for search engines, can be inserted into widgets and content through your WordPress shortcodes .
The pro version of the plugin offers layers of animated slides, stream posts, video, HTML and icons navigation.
This basic slider allows you to add a slider responsive to your theme, your posts or your pages. Compared to other stuff plugins, it does not offer many features. The width and height of the slides can be set in the Settings section. You can also select the scroll delay and animations between slides. But that’s all ready.
Slider WOW has a particular installation. Instead of loading your slides directly, you need to download WOW Slider application for Windows or Mac. You then create your slides in the application, save your slides as a zip file and then load the zip file to your site. After, insert the slides in your article or page using a shortcode.
The application offers many templates and create images optimized for the search engines and the “touch” for mobile devices. The plugin is also light and weighs only 4 to 12kb.