Top 5 free plugins for WordPress sliders
Sliders are one of the most popular plugins for WordPress websites. The combination of a good-looking WordPress theme with a functional slider adds to the attractiveness of a website. There is a wide range of available plugins for WordPress sliders. Below you will learn about the five most popular sliders and their advantages.
MetaSlider by Team Updraft
The MetaSlider is used in more than 800,000 active installations.
Thanks to its simple and intuitive operation, the MetaSlider is one of the most frequently installed WordPress sliders. With this you can create a slideshow according to your taste in just a few steps. Images can be assigned using drag & drop, and captions can be added quickly. At the moment MetaSlider supports four slider types: Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slider. Practical: This WordPress slider can automatically optimize SEO data. A preview is possible in the admin area, the image size can be adjusted, user-defined effects and animations can also be selected. Try the free version, a paid version with additional features is also available. With the Pro version you can, among other things, integrate animations with CSS3/HTML5 and video files.
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Responsive Slider by Huge-IT
Huge-IT’s Responsive Slider imports many images at the touch of a button and offers additional functions.
The Responsive Slider from Huge-IT not only looks good, it also scores with useful functions for your blog. Importing many images at once, which can be managed using drag & drop, is particularly practical. The web designer integrates the slider in user-defined areas via a shortcode. In this way, you can optimally adapt the slider to the theme you are using. With the paid version, you can create sliders from blog posts and video sliders, among other things.
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Responsive sliders by MotoPress
Responsive slider for WordPress supports drag and drop and is optimized for smartphones.
Responsive Slider is another easy-to-use WordPress slider that features drag and drop functionality. You can instantly create unlimited sliders that are fully responsive and display perfectly on any screen. There are three types of sliders included in the feature set: custom slider, post slider, and WooCommerce slider. Each one can be further adapted to your own requirements. The design is optimized for use with smartphones, the slides are SEO-friendly and you have full control over the display.
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Master Slider by Averta
The Master Slider comes up with extensive functions and many design options.
The Master Slider has also been used more than 100,000 times and impresses with a wide range of functions. The design is responsive-friendly and the image change is hardware-accelerated – this is particularly advantageous for mobile devices. Touch and swipe gestures are supported for better operation with a smartphone or tablet. Current browsers and also older Internet Explorer from version 8+ display the master slider correctly. The effects are based on CSS3 and jQuery. The free version includes a few effects and eight themes, but despite the many features, the plugin remains lightweight. The paid Pro version comes with additional options, such as sliders for Facebook and WooCommerce.
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The Lite version of the Soliloquy Slider is one of the best free WordPress sliders.
Soliloquy enjoys a good reputation in the WordPress community, and the developers have already impressed with various products. One of the best products is the responsive WordPress slider with its powerful features. The slider is just as suitable for blogs as it is for corporate websites. Highlights include drag and drop functionality with support for videos and image sliders. The responsive design ensures the perfect display on PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone. It also supports product sliders from WooCommerce shops. A plus point over the competition: In independent tests, the Soliloquy Slider has left other slider plugins behind in terms of speed and is therefore a good choice if the loading speed should be as short as possible.
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Conclusion – plugins for WordPress sliders
Click on the link to the WordPress slider you are interested in and try out the functions and operation on the demo websites provided. When making your selection, make sure that you can optimally adapt the slider to the design of your website, and also take a look at the additional functions of the paid Pro versions: Under certain circumstances, the extended functions may come into consideration for you in the future.
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