WordPress has plenty of WordPress slider plugins ready at your disposal. Most will get overwhelmed by the many slider plugins available in WordPress. Those who want to try using plugins won’t go dwell into buying them. Others just don’t want to spend money in a slider. So if you’re looking for free WordPress plugins to try out in your website or blog, here are some of the best.
Huge-IT Slider is a free WordPress slider plugins that lets you add custom sliders to your WordPress blog or website. This slider has the following features:
- Add URL to point to specific pages in your website.
- Can use different sliders to different pages.
- Can post unlimited sliders on a page.
- The descriptions and titles can be used as hyperlinks.
- Auto-generated shortcode to add slider to post, pages or templates.
- Smart Targeting System: Internal links open up inside the page while external links open in a new page.
- Support for HTML titles and descriptions.
- Drag and drop
When you upgrade to Pro for a minimum of $30, you’ll get the following features:
- Able to add videos on sliders.
- Can add content to sliders.
- 15 various navigation buttons.
- 9 various positions for slider title and description.
- 24/7 technical support.
- Ability to manage your own design.
Download Huge-It Slider.
Meta Slider is a popular WordPress slider plugin that lets you create slideshows by simply selecting images from your WordPress media library, drag and drop it in to place, set captions and you have your own slider. You can choose from various slider designs and has a shortcode to easily embed the slider to your website.
Here’s a look at what’s best with Meta Slider:
- Easy to use interface.
- Create SEO-optimized slideshow in seconds.
- Admin preview
- Built in widget and shortcode.
- Plenty of slideshow configuration options.
- Compatible with WordPress multi-site.
- Compatible with translation plugins like qtranslate, polylang, and WPML.
- Limited support.
If you upgrade to its Pro version, you’ll get the following:
- Video sliders
- HTML sliders
- Layer sliders with CSS3 animations.
- Custom themes
- Thumbnail navigation
- Premium support
Easing Slider Lite is the second most downloaded WordPress slider plugin in the repository. Garnering more than 400,000 downloads, this lightweight plugin lets you set the dimensions of your sliders and you also have the option to make the sliders responsive.
With Easing Slider Lite, you can choose from two transition effects: fade and slide. And like many slider plugins, this also has support for shortcodes. The only problem is you can only create one plugin for your site, if you need more sliders, you’ll need to upgrade to Easing Slider Pro.
Easing Slider Lite has the following features:
- Only 16kb minified and that already includes styling.
- CSS3 transitions.
- Navigation arrows and pagination.
- Visual editor
- Bulk image uploading integrated with WordPress Media Library.
- Preloading functionality.
Download Easing Slider Lite.
Wow Slider is a fantastic WordPress slider made for non-coders. This slider comes with tons of stunning visual effects and professionally made templates that you just have to point and click to create sliders. With that in mind, building one will only take a few seconds without any need for coding or image editing.
Download WOW Slider.
Slide Deck 2 is a free WordPress plugins that comes with plenty of features. For a free plugin, you’ll get the advanced functionality that you usually pay for in a plugin but this time, it’s free.
Easily create content sliders out of almost any other content. You can also connect to a variety of sources like Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube without touching any code.
The lite version lets you create sliders out of 14 content sources but does not include Facebook and NextGen Gallery. If you need content from these sources, you may need to opt-in for the premium version.
Promotion Slider is a JQuery Slider that lets you insert a simple slideshow or use it for rotating ads in your website. It is a highly customizable plugin that offers complete control on the slider.
With its straightforward short codes and extensive flexibility, anyone can create a slider with just a few clicks, while power users can take advantage of the special actions built in the plugin.
The plugin also features:
- Automatic inclusion of featured images attached to the promotion.
- SEO friendly JQuery animation that is compatible even in mobile devices.
- Slider navigation.
- Comes with various default styles to choose from.
- Can link external URLs instead of promotion pages in the slider.
- Allows to display certain post type or limit the post on a certain category.
- Can display title and/or anchor, or excerpt from each post or promotion.
- Can work with custom post type.
- Can display multiple sliders on a single page without conflicts.
- Plenty of hooks available.
Download Slide Deck 2 Lite.
Soliloquy Lite is a simple yet responsive slider plugin for WordPress. It’s so simple that you do not need to download any Flash software to create and upload sliders. In fact, it can work out of the box without fiddling too much with its settings.
Through custom post types, Soliloquy lets you create any number of responsive sliders with any number of images in it with just a few clicks of the mouse.
This light version of the plugin works well with most of your needs for a slider. If you need more features like video slides and have access to Addons, you’ll need to purchase Soliloquy Pro. Otherwise, enjoy these features:
- Can use custom post types to create unlimited WordPress sliders.
- Drag and drop compatible.
- SEO optimized.
- Completely responsive sliders and can work with touch enabled devices.
- Shortcode and template tags.
- Smart JS and CSS loading.
- Media uploader button to easily insert images in you slider to the post in your WYSIWYG editor.
Smooth Slider is a WordPress slider that can let you create a slider in as fast as 50 seconds. Under this time, you have already embedded recent, featured, or category-specific post using Smooth Slider. Smooth Slider lets you create dynamic slideshows for your post, pages, images, and custom post types.
Smooth Slider lets you place content and image slideshows with a customizable background anywhere in your site.
The plugin boasts some of the best features like:
- Responsive design
- Lets you preview the slider in Admin panel.
- SEO friendly slide show.
- Take full control of its looks through the Settings panel.
- No coding required.
- Create you own stylesheet.
- Sliders can be removed with just a single click.
- Six transition effects
- Comes with template tag, shortcode and widget.
If you need more features, simply upgrade to Smooth Slider Premium. The premium version allows you to create unlimited settings, unlimited custom sliders, multiple design options and other cool features.
Responsive Slider is a slider plugin that lets you create slides that contains linked images and titles. This is a very simple slider with only a few settings that won’t overwhelm new users yet advanced users will find it easy to use. To add a new slide, all you need to do is place it anywhere in your site using a shortcode or into your theme using a function call.
However. this plugin is only limited to one on your entire website. If you need more sliders to add on each of your page, we suggest to go use other plugins instead.
Download Responsive Slider.
Smart Slider 2
Smart Slider 2 is a WordPress slider plugin tha comes with an intuitive interface for backend. This makes it easy for you to design a beautiful slider in your WordPress blog or website. All you need to do is grab a new layer, move into the canvas and insert some items to the canvas through dragging and dropping and your slide is ready.
- Administrator page with live preview.
- Fully integrated to WordPress.
- Multi-level animation system.
- 100% responsive slider with advanced responsive mode.
- Change the overall look and feel even without any coding background.
- Save and load your own slide design.