Having a WordPress slider implemented into the top of a blog or website front page, category page etc., not only looks good, it also have a significant positive effect on conversion rates i.e. getting visitors to sign up, buy products and so on. This is also true for jQuery Carousel style scripts. In most professional themes for building WordPress business websites we see cool slider solutions already included, but what if you have an existing WordPress website and want the benefits from a slider right now? It is actually quite simple because a bunch of skilled programmers has created plug and play solutions and provides this in the form of a WordPress Slider Plugins. They are easy to install, configure and integrate into most WordPress sites. Many of them also support multiple slider models and can be used to run multiple sliders in various spots on the same site. This post has just been updated with new slider plugins, and all links have been checked.
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LayerSlider WP – The WordPress Parallax Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
LayerSlider is one of the top WordPress slider plugins with amazing visual effects such as parallax. I really like the admin user interface and it makes it possible for everyone to create slider that stand out. The slider have multiple layout options and is fully responsive.
Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
With Slider Revolution you get a very powerful responsive WordPress plugin for adding sliders to your WordPress website. It is simple to create either a responsive and mobile friendly slider or one with a full width layout. The plugins includes tons of custom transitions/animations for each object on the page. You get many possible features to play with including transition effects, image preloader, video embedding, autoplay that stops on user interaction and more.
AllSlider – WordPress Responsive Slider Carousel – MORE INFO / DEMO
AllSlider is a cool responsive slider carousel plugin for WordPress with touch enabled The plugin allows you to create multiple sliders using a drag & drop interface and you can easily add them to your pages using a shortcode or a widget.
Slider PRO – WordPress Slider Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
Slider PRO is another useful WordPress Slider Plugin loaded with layout options, skins and animation effects. The slider offers more than 100 customizable properties and possible transition effects. It comes with more than 10 skins. In addtion, Slider Pro have a easy to use administration area that uses the default WordPress design and most WordPress users will be familiar with it.
Banner Rotator / Content Slider WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
All In One Slider plugin for WordPress is “a must see” Banner Rotator and Content Slider plugin for WordPress. It includes many layout options and it will be useful for featuring content, products and services throughout most sites. It is an advanced jQuery slider solution, which comes in fine flavors: Banner Rotator, Thumbnails Banner, Banner with Playlist, Content Slider, Carousel. The admin pages allows you to easily create sliders with animated text using HTML standard tags.
SlideDeck – MORE INFO / DEMO
SlideDeck is a professional slider solution for WordPress with many features and possibility to pull in content from a long list of sources. SlideDeck is a fully responsive slider that makes it easy to create beautiful slideshows with zero code. Create your own or use the dynamic SlideDeck function to automatically creates gorgeous sliders from 13+ sources like YouTube and Instagram. Customizable lenses let you change the look of your slider in a few clicks. It’s no wonder The Next Web said SlideDeck “eclipse[s] nearly every other option on the market.”
Z-News Multimedia Post – MORE INFO / DEMO
Z-News Multimedia Post is a responsive slider plugin for featuring post content and images videos etc. from various sources. The plugin has features Touch Swipe, Drag and responsive layout.
Ether Content Builder WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
Ether is a popular content builder plugin for WordPress and it offers a cool slider solution. However, it does a lot more than sliders. Check it out!
Cute Slider WP – 3D & 2D HTML5 WordPress Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
Cute Slider for WordPress is a special 3D & 2D WordPress Slider plugin with cool animation effects. The plugin includes several layouts for making just the type of slider you need.
WordPress UniSlider – MORE INFO / DEMO
WordPress UniSlider is a simple but very interesting slider plugin for WordPress. One can use it as an images slideshow but it also supports html content to be added to the slides.
ROYAL SLIDER – Touch Content Slider for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO
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.
WP Parallax Content Slider – MORE INFO
WP Parallax Content Slider is a plugin which adds automatically a content slider of your last posts where you want on your WordPress blog or website.
vSlider Multi Image Slider for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO
vSlider is a wordpress image slider plugin where you can host multiple image sliders and upto 20 slides per slider.
Smooth Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
Estro- jQuery WordPress Slider Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
Estro is a feature packed jQuery based WordPress Slider Plugin with all the classic feature for creating a cool image slider with captions. The navigation have thumbnail preview.
Genesis Responsive Slider – MORE INFO
This plugin allows you to create a simple responsive slider that displays the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post.
It includes options for the maximum dimensions of your slideshow, allows you to choose to display posts or pages, what category to pull from, and even the specific post IDs of the posts you want to display. It includes next/previous arrows and a pager along with the option to turn both on or off. Finally, you can place the slider into a widget area.
The slideshow is also responsive and will automatically adjust for the screen it is being displayed on.
Facebook Likebox Slider for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO
Facebook Likebox Slider is an awesome plugin to become connected in the social networks of a website.
Fullscreen Background Image Slider WP Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
This plugin allow you to have fullscreen background image slider for your wordpress site. You can set the background image for each posts (including custom post types that comes with your active theme), manage the thumbnail settings for each post too.
WordPress 360º Image Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
The WP 360 º Image Slider is a highly configurable plugin that adds slider functionality to your posts or pages.
WordPress Slider Gallery Shortcode – MORE INFO / DEMO
This plugin creates a new shortcode for WordPress. With this new shortcode, you can create a slider gallery in seconds just by typing [slider] while you’re writing your post or page. The slider will display the images that you have uploaded to the current post or page. If you need more options, this simple shortcode features multiple attributes that you can set
Fullscreen Background Image Slider WP Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
This plugin allows you to have fullscreen background image slider for your WordPress site. You can set the background image for each posts (including custom post types that comes with your active theme), manage the thumbnail settings for each post too.
Touch Carousel – MORE INFO / DEMO
TouchCarousel is a posts content slider WordPress plugin with touch navigation for mobile devices. The Touch feature also works when you use a mouse…pretty cool actually. You can slide custom post types, with custom taxonomies (categories, tags, e.t.c.) and create layout templates using simple templating system
Thumbnail Scroller – MORE INFO / DEMO
This Plugin will help you to easily add a thumbnail scroller to your WordPress website or blog. The scroller is completely customizable, resizable and is compatible with all browsers and devices (iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones). You will be able to insert it in any page or post you want with an inbuilt short code generator.
Featured Posts Slider for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO
Show off your content the real way – in a slider! This WordPress slider includes 6 predefined layouts and allows you to customize layouts with 18 variables. Intuitive admin GUI with inline help.
KenBurner WordPress Slideshow Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
This WordPress slideshow plugin offers the combination of Ken Burns Effect, state-of-the-art Slider and Text Animations. You can customize your slideshows with the drag&drop backend to fit your needs. It is possible to give each slider some captions to deliver the message effectively.
Responsive Ken Burns Slider WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
Ken Burns Sliders Full Collection WordPress Plugin comes in 4 versions: Fixed Dimensions, Full Width, Full Screen and SideBar banners/Mini-Galeries.
Pristine Slider: pure CSS3 interactive slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
CCSLIDER WP – MORE INFO / DEMO
CCSlider WP makes it easy to embed the CCSlider jQuery slideshow plugin in your WordPress theme. CCSlider is an unique slideshow plugin because of the fact that it supports 3d transitions! There are 10 stunning 3d transitions available, and also 10 stylish 2d transitions.
WP Slideshow Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO
With the WordPress slideshow gallery plugin you can embed a slideshow gallery into any WordPress post/page with the use of the “sideshow” shortcode. You can hardcode a slideshow gallery into any of the PHP files of your WordPress theme using just a few lines of code. This WordPress Slider plugin have thumbs below the image being presented, text overlay and looks pretty cool – and then it is completely free.
Paradigm Slider WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
A combination of Parallax Effect, state-of-the-art Slider and Text Animations defines this slider. Customize unlimited sliders with our own Drag&Drop Slider Editor to your very needs. Give each slider a parallax caption to transport your message. Touch swipe for iOS and Android mobile devices is of course included. So it works on every modern browser (including IE7 /8) and on mobile devices.
SLIDER EVOLUTION FOR WORDPRESS – MORE INFO / DEMO
3D Content Slideshow for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO
F3D WordPress Slider is based on jQuery Featured 3D Slider plugin that converts static HTML content into a 3D stage with smoothly moving objects. The effect is simply amazing and I have not seen it in other WordPress slideshow plugins so far. Check the demo to experience the cool 3D effect.
Cyclone Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
Cyclone Slider follows the keep it simple mantra. It leverages wordpress’ built-in features. It uses custom post for the slideshow, custom fields to store settings, and media uploader for the images. Its simple yet flexible.
Polaroid Slider for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO
uBillboard – MORE INFO / DEMO
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 is 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. Make sure you see this WordPress Slider demo in action!
SlideDeck 2 Lite Responsive Content Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
Create responsive content sliders on your WordPress blogging platform. Manage SlideDeck content and insert them into templates and posts.
Multipurpose Bookshelf Slider – WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO
Multipurpose Bookshelf Slider – WordPress Plugin is useful for displaying products such as books, magazines, dvd, cd and others. It’s a way to showcase products in an attractive manner. Features of “lightbox” to display images, videos (Youtube and Vimeo) and any html content (WordPress editor). Can be added detailed content to each product. Easy to add into WordPress using widgets or shortcodes.
FLIP BOOK WORDPRESS SLIDER – MORE INFO / DEMO
Flip Book WordPress Pluginis based is on XML Flip Book / AS3 one of the three top selling items of all times on ActiveDen . It has been built from scratch. Almost everything you see on the page is easily customizable through the WordPress administration panel – easy installation, no coding skills required.
jQuery Carousel Evolution for WordPress –MORE INFO / DEMO
jQuery Carousel Evolution for WordPress is a WordPress plugin that allows you to easily create powerfull carousel slider in a few minutes. You can then integrate it into any page with a single shortcode. It includes a full back-end interface to create and customize your Carousel. It also offers a preview mode to easily try out some settings before pushing them live.
Meteor Slides – MORE INFO / DEMO
Easily create responsive slideshows with WordPress that are mobile friendly and simple to customize.
Promotion Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
Promotion Slider is a jQuery slideshow populated by the promotions you enter into the WordPress admin area.
Social Slider Pro for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO
Social Slider Pro for WordPress is a social plugin that adds a sliding, sticky, social sidebar to your site. With tons of ways to customize it, Social Slider Pro for WordPress can help you gain social traffic almost immediately
Pinwheel Slider – MORE INFO / DEMO
Pinwheel Slider is a customizable WordPress plugin that will help you adding a very attractive featured content and image carousel with the ability to add ‘N’ number of slides horizontally sliding to your WordPress site’s front page, other pages, posts, sidebar widgets etc. There are three slides visible at a time with the ‘Center’ Large feature and two ‘Side’ small features one on the Left side and the other on the Right side.
Dynamic Content Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO
Creates a dynamic gallery of images for latest or featured content posts, categories, pages and Custom Post Type posts.
Slideshow Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO
WP ThumbFx – Responsive jQuery Thumbnail Effects – MORE INFO / DEMO
Enrich your website experience with WPThumbFx, a WordPress jQuery animation plugin that brings your images and content in your articles to life. Create unique animated effects effortlessly without any knowledge of jQuery. All effects are responsive and adapt perfectly for all device resolutions like mobiles, tablets and desktops.
Page Flip Image Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO
FlippingBook WordPress Gallery plugin helps you to create Image Gallery with Page Flip effects on your blog.
WordPress Content Slide – MORE INFO / DEMO
Content Slide is used to create fully customizable JQuery fading image slideshow anywhere within your WordPress site. Custom options include slideshow size, color, style and more.
Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.
What a collection! However, I’m looking for a vertical slider, one that rises and falls between images, like this site does: http://mariecatribs.com. Have you seen a plugin that does this?
Of all of these sliders which is your personal favorite? Or which would you say is the best?
I’ve used Cyclone Slider a few times and it’s terrific. It’s simple, elegant and incredibly easy to install and configure.
Hi Pete, thanks for sharing your experience with Cyclone!
I think you will find this WordPress Slideshow plugin very productive.
You can use it to for slideshow and photo gallery .Oh! & the best part…it’s Free!
Thanks for letting us know about this free options!
really awesome collections. i used some plugin on my some outsource project. thanks for this post.
Great you liked the post! which ones did you use and how did they work out for you?
Great selection of slideshows. Its really tempting to use multiple slideshows on your website espeically if its a portfolio but try not to use anymore than 3. Otherwise they all conflict and it’ll break your website regularly.
Yes it is a risk to add to many plugins and also a potential performance issue. Try looking for slider plugins that have multiple templates for variations of the slider layout. You may find one that satisfy all your needs.
Thanks for the great collection! I have tried many sites looking for free plugins for my blog Good thing i found this. I also have this Plugin for embedding a photo stream on your website!!
Great to know that you found the post valuable Jemma 😉 Makes the hard work creating the list worth the effort
I’ve been looking for a long time something like smooth slider, thanks:-)
thanks for this post, i’ll try Smooth Slider first 🙂
Thinking of using CCSlider is really cool ….thinking of using it on my site lodse.com
Do any of the sliders for wordpress have an option to have an email optin on a slide? Thanks
Very Thanks to share, excellent collection. Muchas Gracias.
which slider load faster and got iframe/html support and a embedded video
wow, simply amazing in a word…. awesome collection…….. thanks.
Thanks for the list of sliders. This was very helpful I been struggling to find one.
Thanks for this list. I was looking for something like that because I have a static page on the cover, and I think that is why I have trouble indexing internal inputs. I hope to improve this slider, apart from bringing down the rebound.
It’s awesome, Now I do not have to look everywhere to find suitable slider, now just I have to refer this one.
I have bookmarked this. Thanks Again.
Please add the plugin below to your collection list as a developer of the plugin I would really appreciated if you can at-least give my plugin look. You’ll definitely like it.
Muneedb pluging should be in list ! It is easy to use, supports template shortcode. Few minutes installation. Better than a lot of listed products here.
Thanks you Atec and I hope the author will notice your comment and will add my plugin in the list too.
I was looking for a plugin that could show multiple banners without page reload. This AD Slider shows as many banners as i like, changes them after three seconds and has navigation arrows at the bottom.
Besides the pinwheel (this seems to be really popular nowadays, but it annoys the hell out of me) it is a really good collection, thanks 🙂
Thanks to share Dustin Betonio, excellent collection.
We will follow up them.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Great post man.I am looking for a free slider that shows text overlay and is customizable within wordpress panel.Help please
Thanks for sharing this great collection. I have one question…I’m looking for a slider/scroller that can show several thumbnail images (each with a small textfield, pref. below/lower part of the image) on each “view”. In addition, I would wish to have a small, horisontal menu (pref. on the right hand side) to select/pick categories to be shown on the slider/scroller (f.i.: Cars, Houses, Clothes etc.) The closest I get of the displayed ones is the TouchCarousel, but it lacks the menu option for categories. The slider/scroller should also have the option of manually navigation. I know this is a lot… Read more »
Revolution slider!!! – The best slider for WordPress,
Nice collection. I am looking for a slider that I can use for Testimonials.
I would like at least three boxes to move at once that can hold text and picture (if I have one). Any ideas? Thanks, Paul in Los Angeles.
good collection of content sliders but are they responsive ??
Very nice collection, thank dude!
are there any front-slider plugins that are suitable for a news wordpress site?
I think Slideck will be useful for a news site for two reasons (but again it depends on your specific requirements and your layout).
Reason 1. It pulls content from a wide range of sources, making it possible and very easy to feature news content not only stored in WP
Reason 2. There are many different layout options (lenses) making it possible to set up a look and feel that fits your design and content structure. Check out the examples on the Slideck site.
Indeed, there are many but depends more in your needs than the type of site. I guess you need one that pulls your articles from WordPress and use it as slide content?
Thanks for these i have a few websites that could do with some sliders. ill deffinately be pinning it. Keep up the good work
Great to hear Ian, I will do my best to keep it up to date as well to make it interesting for you to come back
Thanks for this wonderful collection, this saves me a lot of time searching for sliders.
Awesome post, really useful!
awesome collections bro , very nice sliders , but where can i find the one with content and button as an html added to the slider
Thanks for the mention! Nice list of sliders 🙂
Wow, there are a LOT of new options since i looked into this for us about a year ago. I ended up with a basic Jquery slider, the only thing i’ve found is that it’s not great for SEO purposes if it’s the first thing on your home page – my theme then puts all the slider code in the page before the stuff that’s useful to search engines. Don’t suppose anyone knows whether any of these are more SEO -friendly than others?
great and awesome collection.. thanks for sharing
Love the second one….specially with the UP theme!
Nice list … Thank you for sharing with us ..
Can you recommend a good-looking WP slider that also works well with a Litebox-style plug-in such as Fancybox?
Thanks for the roundup. As mentioned, Nivo Slider, SliderDeck and Cu3ber are three WordPress slider that deserve a mention. Some non-themeforest sourced items would of given this post more variety too but codecanyon is a great marketplace.
One should also check slider plugins available on SliderVilla. They have popular plugins like Roster, Pointelle, Thumbel and many more to add a nice, stylish and professional looking sliders on WordPress without much knowledge of programming languages.
SliderVilla plugins are capable of adding multiple slides on single page with multiple settings.
Hi All, If you are looking for the best wordpress slider that is hassle free and has excellent support – go with slidedeck. The latest version makes a lot of new things possible for anyone with little or no coding knowledge.
i just bought the royal slider. I couldn’t get the thing to install as per video.. wordpress would not accept it. Very disappointed. Could net get intouch with support for plug in. Not impressed at all.
Did you try contacting the author on codecanyon? I hust checked and he is responding to requests daily as far as I can see? What version of WordPress do you use? What kind of error do you get?
Hey I need a great slider and list help me a lot 🙂 Thank You!
This is very good list of sliders – I recommend adding Mattew Ruddy’s ” easing slider ” to this list. Great post – thanks for sharing !
Thanks – yes it looks cool. Will add it ASAP
WOW, truly great selection of sliders, excellent job researching this too as most of these are not on the wp plugin’s market.
Finally I solved my solider problem. Thanks for the content.
Great list! Thanks for the share. Are the free plug-ins for the effort or should one just spend the money and get a premium plug-in? Any experience?
I would say it depends on your needs. If you can find a free that solved your problem and you can accept that it may not be maintained in the future it is worth it. However many premium plugins sell for $5-10 and could contain more features and support/upgrade that follow WordPress major releases. I like codecanyon because it is possible to read the comments from other users.
Thank you Dustin, this is a very attractive collection. I really like the image you include. I have looked several times for really good sliders, but was never really happy. Perhaps the premium plugins are the way to do? Best wishes for your law studies.
You forgot to mention NextGEN Gallery, which is an awesome plugin.