Do you want to add a slider to a WordPress page? Since WordPress has no built-in feature to create a slider, the only way to do so is by using a plugin. There are a bunch of slider plugins out there, be it free or paid. We have collected the best ones to narrow down your choices so you can save time.
When implemented properly, a slider can be a reason for your visitors to pay more attention to your website. A slider can also be a great way to let your visitors know of the featured page or content on your website.
Here are some of the best WordPress slider plugins you can install on your site.
Best WordPress Slider Plugins
If you use Elementor on your WordPress site, you don’t need to look for another plugin. Elementor is a feature-rich page builder plugin. The pro version of Elementor has a widget called Slides that you can use to add a slider element to the page or template you are creating. There are 3 content types you can add to each slide: image, text, and button. The Slides widget offers some options to control the slider behavior. Some options offered by Slides widget are:
- Pause on hover
- Pause on interaction
- Infinity loop
- Transition speed
2. Slider Revolution
Slider Revolution is a plugin designed specifically to create sliders on WordPress. No wonder if the plugin offers plenty of features to customize the slider. However, it takes time to learn how to use the plugin, especially if you have no experience yet to use any multimedia tool before as Slider Revolution has a complex enough interface. Slider Revolution allows you to control every single element of the slider. From the animation effect, color, size, typography, and so on. The elements you can add to your slider are:
To save you time, Slider Revolution offers tons of ready-to-use slider templates. Once done creating a slider, you can add it to any post or page using a shortcode. If you use a page builder plugin like Divi Builder or Elementor, you can add your slider using a widget/module to handle shortcodes (you can use the Shortcode widget in Elementor).
Slider Revolution itself is a paid plugin. You can get it on CodeCanyon for $59. Or, you can also get it for free on the bundle of the Jupiter X theme (you need to activate the license to use templates).
3. Master Slider
Master Slider is another feature-rich WordPress slider plugin. As you can see on the screenshot above, there is a timeline area on the Master Slider interface just like video editor tools like Adobe Premiere Pro. You can use the timeline to control each layer’s duration. Beneath the timeline area, you will find setting option blocks to control the animation of each layer, the content of each layer, and so on. Same as Slider Revolution, Master Slider also offers premade slider templates. It also uses shortcodes so you can easily add your slider to a blog post, page, or page builder.
4. Transition Slider
Transition Slider is a great solution if you are looking for a free slider plugin. You can use it to create beautiful sliders to your WordPress site. Once done creating a slider, you can add it to any page or post using a shortcode. We tested Transition Slider on Elementor and everything went well. So, if you use a page builder plugin that doesn’t offer a design element to add a slider, Transition Slider can be a great solution.
There are several beautiful animation effects offered by Transition Slider. You can see the demos on this page. Transition Slider is released as a freemium plugin, but hardly any difference between the free version and pro version in terms of features. The only difference is the number of slider templates you will get. Transition Slider allows you to add elements like image, text, button, and video to your sliders.
5. Slider by 10Web
Slider by 10Web is one of the WordPress plugins from 10Web. It is another great option if you are looking for a free WordPress slider plugin although the features available on the free version are not as rich as Transition Slider. The free version of Slider by 10Web doesn’t allow you to add any element to the slider, even text. Unlike other slider plugins above, Slider by 10Web offers no slider templates so you need to create the slider yourself, from scratch. There are over 20 animation effects you can use (free version is limited to 4 options). Standard features like the ability to set the slide duration, disable/enable navigation are available.
MetaSlider is a popular enough free slider plugin. It has over 800,000 active installations. MetaSlider is especially a great option if you want to add a slider to a blog post or a regular page (a page created with Gutenberg). Once installed and activated, the plugin adds a new Gutenberg block which you can use to effortlessly insert your sliders. If you want to add your sliders to a page builder, MetaSlider also offers shortcodes.
7. Ultimate Responsive Image Slider
Ultimate Responsive Image Slider is a simple image slider. You can use it if you want to add an image slider to a page or blog post. The plugin offers no option to add any element to the slider but the image itself. The plugin is available as a freemium plugin.
8. Slider by Supsystic
Just like the name suggests, Slider by Supsystic is a slider plugin from Supsystic, a WordPress plugin developer company. The plugin allows you to create several slider types. From an image slider, a video slider, a comparison slider, an HTML content slider, and so on. Slider by Supsystic comes with a simple, easy to learn interface. Same as most plugins above, you can add the sliders you create to a page or blog post using a shortcode.
9. Slider by Soliloquy
If you are looking to add a simple image slider to a page or blog post, Slider by Soliloquy is a worth-trying plugin. Creating an image slider using this plugin is quite easy. You just need to select the images you want to use, make the settings, and publish the slider once you are done making the settings. As simple as that. You can then add the slider you have just created to any page using a shortcode. While you can use Slider by Soliloquy for free, the pro version is also available with advanced features like the ability to create sliders from Instagram, WooCommerce products, and blog posts.
10. Responsive Slider by MotoPress
MotoPress is a well-known enough WordPress developer company. It has developed some WordPress products, including Stratum, an Elementor add-on that offers creative widgets. In addition, MotoPress also develops a slider plugin called Responsive Slider by MotoPress which you can use to create a responsive slider on your WordPress. The plugin offers setting options to force the slider to fit on desktop, tablet, and smartphone devices. When creating a new slider with this plugin, you can add text, button, and video other than image. The plugin also offers an option to show the sliders only for logged users.
11. Smart Slider 3
To be honest, Slider Revolution and Master Slider are two of the best WordPress slider plugins as they offer plenty of features and the ability to create an advanced slider. The only problem is that they are not available for free. Smart Slider 3 is the best alternative if you are looking for a free, feature-rich slider plugin like Slider Revolution and Master Slider. You can see the interface of Smart Slider 3 on the screenshot above.
The free version of Smart Slider 3 allows you to add 6 elements to your slider:
- Video (supports Vimeo and YouTube)
The concept of Smart Slider 3 is pretty similar to Slider Revolution where each element can be added as a new layer. Each layer can have individual settings. This is great as you can fully control every single layer of the slider. You can, for instance, apply a different animation effect for each layer.
Another feature you will love about Smart Slider 3 is the ability to add a slider to Gutenberg and page builder effortlessly. Smart Slider 3 offers a Gutenberg widget, Elementor widget, Divi Builder module, and elements for Visual Composer, Beaver Builder, and WPBakery. Furthermore, Smart Slider 3 also offers premade templates to streamline your workflow
12. Prime Slider
If you use Elementor and love it so much, yet still using the free version, Prime Slider is a perfect solution to create a slider to your Elementor pages or templates. You can use this add-on to create beautiful sliders. You can create a slider from blog posts, WooCommerce products, or images. The slider layouts offered by Prime Slider are pretty enough. Once installed and activated, Prime Slider will add the following widgets to your Elementor:
You can use a widget according to the slider style you want to create. The Blog widget allows you to create a slider from blog posts. The slider will contain the site header (you can disable it) and other elements like button, social share buttons, navigation (arrows), scroll button, and so on.
13. Divi Builder
Divi Builder, the default page builder of Divi theme, has three modules that you can use to add sliders to your page: Post Slider, Slider, and Video Slider. So, if you use Divi theme and need to add a slider to a page, you don’t need to install any additional plugin. If you want to create an image-only slider, you can use the Slider module. We have a separate article that covers how to create a slider with Divi Builder. Read it to learn more. Just for your information that Divi Builder can be used on any WordPress theme, not just Divi and Extra. You can get it on its official website.