Reviewed: 10 of the Most Popular Free WordPress Slider Plugins

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Who has time to test each and every plugin? Finding the ideal slider for your website is no simple task. The WordPress Plugin Repository had over 900 sliders at the time of writing.

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

These image sliders were all updated recently and have all received over ten votes from WordPress users.

  • 800,000+ downloads With over 800,000 downloads to date, Meta Slider is by far the most popular slider for WordPress. 3.5 or higher is required. Do you want to learn more about Meta Slider? (4.4 out of a possible 5) specifics Get it now! If you want to pay money for more features, there is also a pro version of this plugin. Select images from the WordPress Media Library, drag and drop them into place, customize the slide captions, links, and SEO fields, choose which slider you want to use, and the plugin will spit out a shortcode that you can use anywhere on your site to create a new slider. Nivo Slider (responsive, 16 transition effects, four themes), Coin Slider (four transition effects), Flex Slider 2 (responsive, two transition effects, carousel mode), and Responsive Slides (responsive, fade effect only) are the four jQuery sliders included in the package. From WordPress.org, Meta SliderStats
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    WordPress.org statistics (4.4 out of 5) 3.5 or higher is required. 800,000+ downloads

    With over 800,000 downloads to date, Meta Slider is by far the most popular slider for WordPress.

    Nivo Slider (responsive, 16 transition effects, four themes), Coin Slider (four transition effects), Flex Slider 2 (responsive, two transition effects, carousel mode), and Responsive Slides (responsive, fade effect only) are the four jQuery sliders included in the package.

    Select images from the WordPress Media Library, drag and drop them into place, customize the slide captions, links, and SEO fields, choose which slider you want to use, and the plugin will spit out a shortcode that you can use anywhere on your site to create a new slider.

    If you want to pay money for more features, there is also a pro version of this plugin.

    Do you want to learn more about Meta Slider?

  • Create slides in the Smart Slider dashboard with preset default sizes or custom width and height, then drag and drop images from the Media Library to rearrange slide order. Shortcodes, the insert menu button, or PHP code can all be used in your template files. Here’s a link to the plugin’s demo video: 4.6 or higher is required. Slide editing functions like ‘duplicate’, ‘set as first’ slide, and ‘delete’ make creating slide galleries simple and intuitive. Additional features in the Pro version include new layers, more slider types, extra effects, auto-update functionality, and expert settings, among other things. 3Stats Smart Slider from WordPress.org Smart Slider 3 piqued your interest?DetailsDownload The plugin’s free version includes some basic layer options as well as access to the plugin’s slide and template library. (4.8 out of a possible 5) Smart Slider 3 is the second most popular slider plugin in the WordPress repository, with over 500,000 downloads. 500,000+ downloads When it comes to displaying slides in your content, you have a few options. In under a minute, you can add a simple slide gallery to your site and customize it with layers, animations, transition speed and timing, autoplay, navigation buttons, slide effects, styles, backgrounds, and more. In your admin, the plugin adds a menu section where you can customize global settings, responsive mode, fonts, framework settings, and item defaults.
  • 3rd Smart Slider

    (4.8 out of a possible 5) 500,000+ downloads 4.6 or higher is required. Statistics from WordPress.org

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

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

    When it comes to displaying slides in your content, you have a few options. Shortcodes, the insert menu button, or PHP code can all be used in your template files. Slide editing functions like ‘duplicate’, ‘set as first’ slide, and ‘delete’ make creating slide galleries simple and intuitive.

    In under a minute, you can add a simple slide gallery to your site and customize it with layers, animations, transition speed and timing, autoplay, navigation buttons, slide effects, styles, backgrounds, and more.

    Additional features in the Pro version include new layers, more slider types, extra effects, auto-update functionality, and expert settings, among other things. The plugin’s free version includes some basic layer options as well as access to the plugin’s slide and template library.

    Here’s a link to the plugin’s demo video:

    Smart Slider 3 has piqued your interest.

  • The plugin also has a Pro version with add-ons that give you more options and control over your slideshows, such as preventing unauthorized image downloads by disabling right-clicking on slides, converting images into carousel sliders, creating sliders to feature content from posts, pages, or custom post types, adding a share to Pinterest button to slides, and importing images from your Instagram account. (4.4 out of a possible 5) The drag-and-drop slide builder in the plugin allows you to quickly and easily create and rearrange the order of your image and video slideshows, and built-in templates allow you to customize the look and feel of your mobile-responsive sliders. 4.6 or higher is required. Select your slider size and speed after you’ve added your images, then hit “publish.” It simply works. If you’re a programmer, you’ll appreciate the numerous hooks and filters available for further customizing and enhancing this plugin. After that, paste the shortcode into any page or post where you want the slider to appear. 80,000+ downloads Stats from WordPress.org – Soliloquy Lite – Responsive WordPress Slider Soliloquy Lite – Responsive WordPress Slider piques your interest?DetailsDownload The following video provides a quick overview of the plugin’s features: Even though this is a lite version, it still has enough features to make it worthwhile to try. Soliloquy is one of the most well-known WordPress slideshow plugins, and for good reason: it’s easy to set up and doesn’t require any fiddling with the settings.
  • Soliloquy Lite is a lightweight WordPress slider.

    4.6 or higher is required. 80,000+ downloads WordPress.org statistics (4.4 out of 5)

    It simply works. Soliloquy is one of the most well-known WordPress slideshow plugins, and for good reason: it’s easy to set up and doesn’t require any fiddling with the settings.

    Select your slider size and speed after you’ve added your images, then hit “publish.” After that, paste the shortcode into any page or post where you want the slider to appear.

    The drag-and-drop slide builder in the plugin allows you to quickly and easily create and rearrange the order of your image and video slideshows, and built-in templates allow you to customize the look and feel of your mobile-responsive sliders. Even though this is a lite version, it still has enough features to make it worthwhile to try.

    The plugin also has a Pro version with add-ons that give you more options and control over your slideshows, such as preventing unauthorized image downloads by disabling right-clicking on slides, converting images into carousel sliders, creating sliders to feature content from posts, pages, or custom post types, adding a share to Pinterest button to slides, and importing images from your Instagram account.

    If you’re a programmer, you’ll appreciate the numerous hooks and filters available for further customizing and enhancing this plugin.

    The following video provides a quick overview of the plugin’s features:

    Soliloquy Lite – Responsive WordPress Slider piques your interest?

  • Do you want to learn more about Slide Anything? The plugin, as the name implies, allows you to create slide content from almost anything, including images, text, HTML, and even shortcodes. Because it is built with the Owl Carousel 2 jQuery plugin, this plugin gives developers more freedom to create carousels with more complex layouts. From WordPress.org, slide AnythingStats (4.4 out of a possible 5) Modal pop-ups, hero sliders (which always display at 100% of the device’s width and height), thumbnail pagination, and the ability to showcase carousels are all included in the Pro version. It includes features like Touch and Drag, lazy image loading, infinite carousel looping, and the ability to add a hover-over link button to any carousel slide, as well as transition effects and drag-and-drop slide reordering. Get it now! 4.0 or higher is required. specifics Sliders and carousels can be added to content using an editor toolbar button or a shortcode. Slide Anything is a free WordPress responsive slider and carousel plugin that allows you to create touch-enabled sliders and carousels. 80,000+ downloads
  • Anything can be slid

    80,000+ downloads WordPress.org statistics (4.4 out of 5) 4.0 or higher is required.

    It includes features like Touch and Drag, lazy image loading, infinite carousel looping, and the ability to add a hover-over link button to any carousel slide, as well as transition effects and drag-and-drop slide reordering. The plugin, as the name implies, allows you to create slide content from almost anything, including images, text, HTML, and even shortcodes. Sliders and carousels can be added to content using an editor toolbar button or a shortcode. Slide Anything is a free WordPress responsive slider and carousel plugin that allows you to create touch-enabled sliders and carousels.

    Modal pop-ups, hero sliders (which always display at 100% of the device’s width and height), thumbnail pagination, and the ability to showcase carousels are all included in the Pro version.

    Because it is built with the Owl Carousel 2 jQuery plugin, this plugin gives developers more freedom to create carousels with more complex layouts.

    Do you want to learn more about Slide Anything?

  • (4 out of 5 stars) Download more information Slides and sliders/slider settings can also be exported/imported from various websites. Multiple transition and layer effects are included in the premium version, as well as the ability to create multi-functional sliders with text, image, video, hotspot, and social media button layers, image watermarking, custom styling, fonts, and support for filmstrip, carousel, and parallax sliders. Slider by 10Web is a free WordPress slider plugin that uses a drag-and-drop interface to add fast-loading, responsive, and SEO-friendly sliders to your website. 3.4 or higher is required. 60,000+ downloads The plugin includes video tutorials on how to set up your sliders, a user manual, and a support forum in case you have any issues. Sliders can be added to your content and website via a shortcode, widget, or PHP code inserted into your theme templates. Slider by 10WebStats, courtesy of WordPress.org The plugin allows you to create an unlimited number of image and video slides and sliders, as well as swipe control and live previewing of your slides before saving the final version. 10Web’s Slider has piqued your interest.
  • 10Web’s Slider

    WordPress.org Statistics (4 out of 5) 3.4 or higher is required. 60,000+ downloads

    Slider by 10Web is a free WordPress slider plugin that uses a drag-and-drop interface to add fast-loading, responsive, and SEO-friendly sliders to your website.

    The plugin allows you to create an unlimited number of image and video slides and sliders, as well as swipe control and live previewing of your slides before saving the final version. Sliders can be added to your content and website via a shortcode, widget, or PHP code inserted into your theme templates.

    Slides and sliders/slider settings can also be exported/imported from various websites. Multiple transition and layer effects are included in the premium version, as well as the ability to create multi-functional sliders with text, image, video, hotspot, and social media button layers, image watermarking, custom styling, fonts, and support for filmstrip, carousel, and parallax sliders.

    The plugin includes video tutorials on how to set up your sliders, a user manual, and a support forum in case you have any issues.

    10Web’s Slider has piqued your interest.

  • The Ultimate Responsive Image Slider gives your website a lovely aura. According to the plugin’s description, you can add an unlimited number of image slides to a single slider and publish an unlimited number of sliders. On one screen, you’ll find all of the basic settings you’ll need to upload and configure your sliders. Get it now! Do you want to learn more about Ultimate Responsive Image Slider? ,,,,,,,,,, 3.0 or higher is required. The Pro version of this plugin gives you additional design layouts, transition effects, color customizations, 500+ Google fonts for slide titles and descriptions, links on slides, lightboxes, and extra slider control settings if you want to add more intense and beautiful auras to your website. (4 out of 5 stars) Ultimate Responsive Image Slider is a responsive image photo slider plugin for WordPress that is simple to use. specifics Who wouldn’t want their website to be filled with positive energy? This plugin has a simple and intuitive interface that is so much fun to use that it will put a smile on your face as you quickly and easily create responsive sliders for your web pages. Simply upload your images, drag and drop your slides into place, adjust various settings such as customizable height and width, auto play slides, slide thumbnails, navigation buttons, and more, add slide titles and descriptions if desired, and customize their colors, then copy and paste the shortcode into your post or page content. WordPress.org’s Ultimate Responsive Image SliderStats That’s a lot of content for a free plugin, but the developer’s claim that the slider image gallery creates a “beautiful aura on your website” impressed me the most. 40,000+ downloads
  • Ultimate Responsive Image Slider is a responsive image slider that can be used on any device.

    WordPress.org Statistics (4 out of 5) 3.0 or higher is required. 40,000+ downloads

    Ultimate Responsive Image Slider is a responsive image photo slider plugin for WordPress that is simple to use.

    That’s a lot of content for a free plugin, but the developer’s claim that the slider image gallery creates a “beautiful aura on your website” impressed me the most. According to the plugin’s description, you can add an unlimited number of image slides to a single slider and publish an unlimited number of sliders. Who wouldn’t want their website to be filled with positive energy?

    This plugin has a simple and intuitive interface that is so much fun to use that it will put a smile on your face as you quickly and easily create responsive sliders for your web pages.

    Simply upload your images, drag and drop your slides into place, adjust various settings such as customizable height and width, auto play slides, slide thumbnails, navigation buttons, and more, add slide titles and descriptions if desired, and customize their colors, then copy and paste the shortcode into your post or page content. On one screen, you’ll find all of the basic settings you’ll need to upload and configure your sliders.

    The Pro version of this plugin gives you additional design layouts, transition effects, color customizations, 500+ Google fonts for slide titles and descriptions, links on slides, lightboxes, and extra slider control settings if you want to add more intense and beautiful auras to your website.

    Do you want to learn more about Ultimate Responsive Image Slider?

  • From WordPress.org: WP Slick SliderStats Get it now! 20,000+ downloads 90+ additional designs, 30+ shortcodes, templating features, custom CSS options, images with links in carousel mode, navigation support, custom ‘read more’ links, and multi-language support are all included in the Pro version. WP Slick Slider and Image Carousel is a free WordPress slider plugin that lets you use shortcodes to create image sliders and carousels. specifics With the free version of WP Slick Slider installed, you can create image sliders with 5 different designs and 1 carousel design, add sliders to your site with 10 shortcode parameters, only show slides for specific categories, set multiple display parameters, and display multiple sliders on any post or page. 4.0 or higher is required. This plugin’s free and Pro versions both support RTL and provide lifetime automatic plugin updates. (3.5 out of a possible 5) Using various shortcode parameters, you can create fully responsive, swipe-enabled, infinite-looping sliders. WP Slick Slider has piqued your interest. Unfortunately, the ability to use shortcodes with the Gutenberg shortcode block and drag and drop slide reordering are only available as premium features.
  • WP Slick Slider is a WordPress plugin that allows you to create slick

    WordPress.org Statistics (3.5 out of 5) 4.0 or higher is required. 20,000+ downloads

    WP Slick Slider and Image Carousel is a free WordPress slider plugin that lets you use shortcodes to create image sliders and carousels.

    With the free version of WP Slick Slider installed, you can create image sliders with 5 different designs and 1 carousel design, add sliders to your site with 10 shortcode parameters, only show slides for specific categories, set multiple display parameters, and display multiple sliders on any post or page.

    90+ additional designs, 30+ shortcodes, templating features, custom CSS options, images with links in carousel mode, navigation support, custom ‘read more’ links, and multi-language support are all included in the Pro version. Unfortunately, the ability to use shortcodes with the Gutenberg shortcode block and drag and drop slide reordering are only available as premium features. Using various shortcode parameters, you can create fully responsive, swipe-enabled, infinite-looping sliders.

    This plugin’s free and Pro versions both support RTL and provide lifetime automatic plugin updates.

    WP Slick Slider has piqued your interest.

  • Supsystic Slider is a fully responsive image and video WordPress slider plugin that allows you to easily create sliders using images or videos from your devices or social media accounts. Watch the video below for a quick demo and overview of how to use this plugin to add sliders to your website: (4.4 out of a possible 5) You can also preview and save your slider as you go, and once you’re finished, simply copy and paste the shortcode where you want it to appear. Then, drag and drop to reorder your slides by adding images, configuring media file settings such as caption, link, alt tags, and crop dimensions, and dragging and dropping to reorder your slides. Supsystic’s Slider piques your interest?DetailsDownload 4.5 or higher is required. You can create sliders in the free version by selecting one of three slider templates (Bullets navigation, Slideshow mode, or Thumbnails navigation), giving it a name, and saving it. Aspects of your sliders can also be integrated with Supsystic’s other plugins, such as their Google Maps and Membership plugins. From WordPress.org: SupsysticStats Slider To display sliders, you can also add a PHP snippet to your theme files. 10,000+ downloads The premium version adds five more templates (Post feed slider, HTML content, Video slider, Swiper slider, and Comparison slider), as well as the ability to import videos, apply effects, change caption position, and use other advanced features. With the free version, you can also customize width, height, transition mode and speed, autoplay, autostart, starting slide, enable touch, pager, and social sharing, among other things.
  • Supsystic’s Slider

    10,000+ downloads 4.5 or higher is required. WordPress.org statistics (4.4 out of 5)

    Supsystic Slider is a fully responsive image and video WordPress slider plugin that allows you to easily create sliders using images or videos from your devices or social media accounts.

    Then, drag and drop to reorder your slides by adding images, configuring media file settings such as caption, link, alt tags, and crop dimensions, and dragging and dropping to reorder your slides. You can create sliders in the free version by selecting one of three slider templates (Bullets navigation, Slideshow mode, or Thumbnails navigation), giving it a name, and saving it.

    With the free version, you can also customize width, height, transition mode and speed, autoplay, autostart, starting slide, enable touch, pager, and social sharing, among other things. You can also preview and save your slider as you go, and once you’re finished, simply copy and paste the shortcode where you want it to appear. To display sliders, you can also add a PHP snippet to your theme files.

    The premium version adds five more templates (Post feed slider, HTML content, Video slider, Swiper slider, and Comparison slider), as well as the ability to import videos, apply effects, change caption position, and use other advanced features.

    Aspects of your sliders can also be integrated with Supsystic’s other plugins, such as their Google Maps and Membership plugins.

    Watch the video below for a quick demo and overview of how to use this plugin to add sliders to your website:

    Supsystic’s Slider has piqued your interest.

  • Create a slider by dragging and dropping. Master Slider is a responsive video and image slider plugin that works on all major devices and is SEO friendly. This results in a plugin that is both efficient and user-friendly. 4.8 or higher is required. 100,000+ downloads A Master Slider Pro with full-width, full-screen, and boxed layouts is also available. The following are some of the most notable features: It can be used with any theme. Get it now! (4.4 out of a possible 5)               Master Slider, Master Slider, Master Slider, Master Slider, Master Slider, Master Slider For both the front and back ends, this plugin was built using WordPress best practices. Navigation by touch and swipe There’s also a post slider, a WooCommerce product slider, a Facebook slider, and other features. It has smooth hardware-accelerated transitions and a swipe gesture for touch navigation that is unbelievably nice. All major browsers are compatible with SEO. specifics
  • Slider Master

    Slider Master

    ,,,,,,,,,, 100,000+ downloads 4.8 or higher is required. (4.4 out of a possible 5)

    Master Slider is a responsive video and image slider plugin that works on all major devices and is SEO friendly. It has smooth hardware-accelerated transitions and a swipe gesture for touch navigation that is unbelievably nice.

    It can be used with any theme. This results in a plugin that is both efficient and user-friendly. For both the front and back ends, this plugin was built using WordPress best practices.

    The following are some of the most notable features:

    • Search Engine Optimized
    • All major browsers are supported.
    • Navigation by touch and swipe
    • Create a slider by dragging and dropping.

    There’s also a post slider, a WooCommerce product slider, a Facebook slider, and other features. A Master Slider Pro with full-width, full-screen, and boxed layouts is also available.

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    Master Slider has piqued your interest.

WPMU DEV Scores

Here’s what I came up with: I put each plugin through its paces, features, and ease of use.

Free WordPress Slider Plugins: The Top 10

  • Slider Meta:
  • 3rd Smart Slider:
  • Soliloquy Lite is a simplified version of Soliloquy.
  • Anything Goes:
  • 10Web’s Slider:
  • The Ultimate Responsive Image Slider (Ultimate Responsive Image Slider):
  • Slider Master:
  • Image Carousel and WP Slick Slider:
  • Supsystic’s Slider:
  • Deck of Cards:

The Best Slider is also the Most Popular

Meta Slider has been declared the winner.

When it comes to WordPress plugins, the community knows a good one when it sees one.

Meta Slider is not only the most popular slider plugin in the community, but it also has the highest user rating.

It was a joy to use, with a good balance of features and functionality – and it was all free.

It’s a powerful WordPress slider plugin designed for professionals. Smart Slider 3 isn’t to be overlooked, though.

If you plan to have an image-heavy site and want to make the most of sliders, 10Web’s Slider, Soliloquy Lite, and SlideDeck are all excellent slider plugins. These plugins were created by professionals who wanted to attract customers – and more sales – by offering free products.

If you don’t plan to use sliders extensively on your site or just want to use some of their unique features, Slide Anything, WP Slick Slider and Image Carousel, and Slider by Supsystic are good plugins to consider.

Give plugins like Ultimate Responsive Image Slider a try if you just want a simple slider with no bells and whistles. They’re great basic sliders that are simple to set up and don’t come with a lot of settings and options.

But if you want something with more bite, more features, and the ability to place multiple sliders on your site, Meta Slider is the way to go.

Additional Slider Plugins and Information to Consider

While this article focused on the most popular sliders, there are a few other slider plugins and resources worth mentioning: As I mentioned at the start of this post, searching the plugin repository for “WordPress slider plugins” yields nearly 1,000 results.

WordPress’s Flex Slider

This is a developer tutorial that demonstrates how to install the FlexSlider responsive jQuery slider plugin as a plugin on your WordPress site.

On touch screens, the Flex Slider works with swipe and includes keyboard shortcuts. To make the plugin, follow the steps in the tutorial or simply download the source files.

Responsive Slider by Genesis

It will adjust to the size of the screen and allow you to view posts or pages. You can choose which category to pull from or enter the post IDs of the posts you want to display in the slider. This plugin is designed for Genesis child themes users.

Please keep in mind that this plugin is only compatible with the Genesis framework.

Flex Slider by Arconix

The Arconix FlexSlider plugin is a fork of the jQuery FlexSlider plugin. In addition to posts and pages, it supports user-selected post types.

When customizing your slider, you can choose from a variety of image sizes and embed it on your site using a widget or a shortcode.

Also, see jQuery Slider Shock: The Best Free Responsive Slider Plugin for WordPress for more information.

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