February 9, 2017

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Top 5 WordPress Slider Plugins

There’s no denying that it can be frustrating experience to wade through hundreds of slider plugins in WordPress. All should function the same but in the end you will have to choose which one you like best.

So in today’s article, we will give you a rundown of the 5 most popular WordPress slider plugins you can use to boost the functionality of your website.


Top 5 WordPress Slider Plugins

  1. Meta Slider

    Meta Slider plugin

This is one of the most popular slider plugins with more than 700k active installs as of this writing. It includes four sliders: Flex Slider 2, Nivo Slider, Responsive Slider and Coin Slider. Creating a slider with Meta slider is definitely simple.

First, choose images from your WordPress Media Library. Second, drag and drop these images to where you’ll upload them. Lastly, choose slider you want to use and it will generate a shortcode you can embed to your site.

Aside from its simplicity and ease of use, it’s responsive and SEO-ready. If you want to add more features, you have the option to upgrade to their Meta Slider Lightbox.


  1. Slider Huge-IT

Slider Huge-IT plugin

Slider Huge-IT allows you to add unlimited number of images from your WordPress media library and computer. It also supports video, too. You can also arrange the slides the way you want it when you drag and drop.

Your slider title and description supports HTML and includes hyperlinks that open within or to another page. Slides can also be featured as widgets right from the widgets admin panel.


  1. Easing Slider

    Easing Slider plugin

The Easing slider focuses more on achieving its main purpose which is to create and manage sliders easier for everyone using only features that one needs.

It is responsive so the web design adapts automatically to any device. It features smooth and reliable code created by seasoned PHP developers. You can customize the look and functionality of sliders using their add-ons.


  1. Slideshow

    Slideshow plugin

This slider plugin has less download rate than the previous plugins but it works just the same. If you’re looking for visually-appealing slideshow that’s responsive, then this one’s for you. It supports both photos and videos and you can upload multiple slideshows on a single page for different images.

If you prefer something simple, you can opt to use the default slideshow or you may customize it by adding arrows and have it scroll through without stopping. It features a whole gamut of different settings and styles that you’ll surely enjoy tweaking to your heart’s content!


  1.  Smooth Slider

     Smooth Slider plugin

Unlike other slider plugins, Smooth slider is specially created for WordPress. It allows you to customize slides using different sliders like Image Slider, Posts Slider, Video Slider, WordPress Page Slider, Pure Image Gallery Slider  and so much more.

It offers content and image slideshows with a customized background with slide intervals and different layouts on your site. Like most slider plugins, this one is also responsive.


Themes With Slider Functionality

Aside from standalone plugins, some themes may also have a slider functionality built in.  Divi, a theme designed by Elegant Themes features amazing pre-made layouts with various slider options. It’s literally an all-in-one visual page builder.

For more theme options that lets you create sliders for posts, descriptions, photos,videos and links, check out this great article: 25 Free WordPress Themes with Homepage Sliders.

Read also: Choosing WordPress Themes

Which one do you like?

As mentioned, there are hundreds of options for slider plugins out there but it can be overwhelming to test all of them.

We hope this short list will help you find the right WordPress slider plugins for your website. Are you using any of the plugins in this article? If not, what can you recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

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