10 Most Popular Free WordPress Slider Plugins Reviewed

10 Most Popular Free WordPress Slider Plugins Reviewed

Finding the perfect slider for your site is by no means an easy task. At last count, there were over 900+ sliders in the WordPress Plugin Repository. Who’s got time to test every plugin?

To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, I’ve ranked and reviewed the top 10 most popular free slider plugins available in the repository.

These image sliders have been updated relatively recently and all have received more than 10 votes from WordPress users.

  • Stats From WordPress.org
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.4 out of 5)
    Requires: 3.5 or higher
    Downloads: 800,000+

    Meta Slider is by far the most popular slider available for WordPress, with a massive 800,000+ downloads to date.

    It comes with four jQuery sliders –Nivo Slider (responsive, 16 transition effects, four themes), Coin Slider (four transition effects), Flex Slider 2 (responsive, two transition effects, carousel mode), Responsive Slides (responsive, fade effect only).

    Creating a new slider is simple – select images from the WordPress Media Library, drag and drop them into place, set the slide captions, links and SEO fields, select which slider you want to use, and the plugin will spit out a shortcode that you can insert anywhere in your site.

    There’s also a pro version of this plugin if you want to pay money for more features.

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    Stats From WordPress.org
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.8 out of 5)
    Requires: 4.6 or higher
    Downloads: 500,000+

    With over 500,000 downloads, Smart Slider 3 is the second most downloaded slider plugin in the WordPress repository.

    The plugin adds a menu section to your admin where you can configure global settings, responsive mode, fonts, framework settings, and item defaults. Create slides in the Smart Slider dashboard using preset default sizes or enter a custom width and height, then select images from the Media Library and drag and drop these to rearrange slide order.

    There are several options for displaying slides in your content. You can use shortcodes, click on the insert menu button or paste a PHP code into your template files. Smart Slider 3 also lets you insert videos, posts and empty slides into your content and slide editing functions like ‘duplicate’, ‘set as first’ slide and ‘delete’ make creating slide galleries easy and very intuitive.




This article was written by Raelene Morey and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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