Best WordPress Slider Plugins in 2013

As we make a start to a brand new year, slideshow and content slider plugins remain very popular with WordPress users. We have rounded up the best WordPress slider plugins in 2012 and we are back again to give you the hottest slider plugins to use in 2013.

As we make a start to a brand new year, slideshow and content slider plugins remain very popular with WordPress users. We have rounded up the best WordPress slider plugins in 2012 and we are back again to give you the hottest slider plugins to use in 2013.

Soliloquy

soliloquy

The Soliloquy website states that this is the best WordPress slider, ever. After giving it a test drive, it’s definitely hard to find something better than Soliloquy and deny that grandiose statement.

So if you’re looking for the top WordPress slider plugin for 2013, well, here you have it. Whether or not this is the most ideal slider for your needs is something else, but you can always test drive Soliloquy and then decide for yourself.

Download Soliloquy WordPress slider

RoyalSlider – Touch Content Slider

royal Slider

New RoyalSlider for WordPress is responsive image gallery and HTML content slider plugin with touch-swipe navigation. Plugin is mobile-friendly and allows creating completely custom slideshows and css3 banner rotators with images, videos or HTML content in slides.

You can also dynamically populate data from Flickr, 500px, or featured posts of any post type – like WooCommerce products. Developed in best pracises of CSS3 and HTML5. For photo gallery you can enable vertical or horizontal thumbnails, enable lazy-loading or fullscreen. Carousel also supports YouTube or Vimeo videos that allows you to create video galleries.

RoyalSlider is focused on performance, stability and providing best experience for user with any device. It doesn’t have thousands of fancy transitions, but the one that he has work as fast and as smooth as current day technology allows.

It is used by some of the biggest brands in the world, for example Honda and Peugeot.

Demo / Download RoyalSlider

LayerSlider WP – The WordPress Parallax Slider

layer slider wordpress

LayerSlider is the favorite parallax effect slider of the World. It is highly customizable and it has a stunning admin user interface. With more, than 7000 happy customers behind us you will exactly get what you need: a powerful WordPress slider plugin with a lot of features, fast support and free updates!

Demo / Download LayerSlider

Slider Revolution

slider revolution

Create a responsive(mobile friendly) or fullwidth slider with must-see-effects and meanwhile keep or build your SEO optimization (all content always readable for search engines). See the heaps of custom transitions/animations for each object on the page! Customize this slider with our convenient drag&drop backend to your very needs.

This plugin features tons of unique transition effects, an image preloader, video embedding, autoplay that stops on user interaction and lots of easy to set options to create your own effects.

Demo / Download Slider Revolution

Slider Pro

slider pro

Slider PRO is one of the most powerful slider plugins for WordPress on the market.

The slider is fully responsive and mobile-ready. It provides 150+ options, 100+ possible transition effects, from simple ‘fade’, ‘slide’ or ‘swipe’ effects to more complex ‘slice’ effects, 15+ skins and much more. Also, the slider’s administration area is very powerful and uses the default WordPress design, which WordPress users are already familiar with.

This slider plugin is carefully coded, using WordPress development best practices. Please take a look at the list of features below and visit the slider’s dedicated website, sliderpro.net, for more information, screencasts and examples.

Demo / Download Slider Pro

Cute Slider

cute slider

Cute Slider WP is a stunning premium CSS3 / HTML5 WordPress slider plugin with some excellent effects.

Demo / Download Cute Slider

Responsive Ken Burns Sliders

ken burns sliders

Ken Burns Sliders Full Collection WordPress Plugin comes in 4 versions: Fixed Dimensions, Full Width, Full Screen and SideBar banners/Mini-Galeries. Please check the video tutorials and the live preview of this slider and convince yourself of its quality.

Demo / Download Ken Burns Sliders

Nivo Slider

nivoslider

The official Nivo Slider WordPress Plugin allows you to combine the beauty and elegance of the Nivo Slider with the robust and familiar content management of WordPress. Without touching any code you can create multiple sliders that can be included anywhere and customized using the familiar WordPress backend.

Download Nivo Slider

WPCu3er

cu3er

CU3ER™ is 3D a jQuery Image Slider, EASY to set up, fully CUSTOMIZABLE, TAILORED to provide a UNIQUE look & feel, INSPIRING and FUN-to-USE. Play with CU3ER! Its 3D magic is awesome.

3D WORLD

Step away from common, boring & flat 2D experience and dive into endless possibilities of adding the third dimension to your slideshow. Superb slick 3D transition effects are perfect attention grabbers but if needed, you can deploy convenient and eye-catchy 2D transitions as well. You will love it and your visitors will love it even more.

WORDPRESS & JOOMLA INTEGRATION

Easy CU3ER integration into WordPress & Joomla powered websites while offering lots of advanced CU3ER content editing & managing features. With simple embedding option and easy content management through familiar WordPress & Joomla user interface you get full control over whole CU3ER content, slides & transitions.

WORKS BEAUTIFULLY ON ALL DEVICES

Thanks to the Flash and Javascript versions your visitors can enjoy great looking slideshows on PCs, iPads, iPhones, Android and other phones and tablet devices. You do not have to worry, CU3ER displays the best possible version to your visitors automatically.

Download WPCu3er

Have we missed out on your favourite WordPress slider plugin? Let us know in the comments section!

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Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is a WordPress developer, entrepreneur and padel player. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and EDD Bookings, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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49 Responses

  1. How many of these truly integrate into WordPress though? If a Slider can’t use the images or media attached to the post or page displaying the Slider, it seems half-assed to me.

    1. Sliders usually either work within posts in the way you describe, or have their own panel where you can upload several galleries. It depends what you want to do with them. There are definitely many sliders that can display images from posts or pages.

      1. Great round up. You really have some of the wordpress better sliders here. If you are looking for a slider to show images from a post or page you should check this one out. I have recently uploaded it and so far it works perfect.
        http://gb-plugins.com/

    2. Darryl,

      Thanks for pointing this out. It’s amazing how many WordPress sliders there are and it’s unbelievable how many of the “best ones” don’t use best practices.

      It’s once people try to delete or change them for some other slider that they realize “best” has a totally different meaning.

    1. These are the best I’ve found Daniel, there are free ones as well that might not offer these features. If you know of any free ones that are as good as these feel free to suggest them here.

  2. Hi

    it’s funny you have not included CU3ER, the slider that started whole trend and got copied from most of the guys above

    http://getcu3er.com
    * 3D/2D transitions
    * Responsive
    * Flash and Javascript version (with 3D too)
    * SEO friendly
    * Works in all browsers

    thanks
    and hopefully next time we’ll make it on the list

    Alex
    CU3ER team

    1. Looks nice but i really don’t like their business model. $149 for 5 domains is insanely greedy. Limiting the amount of domains for a plugin/theme is just meh…

      1. Hi

        thanks for your feedback
        this is initial offering, and we do plan to revise the pricing in the upcoming update
        however, once you register on the site better offers are available

        we priced it premium at the time of starting the business since almost everyone used CU3ER and we were the first with 3D Transitions so we didn’t want to have whole web annoyed by every site having CU3ER as a slider.

        since then many have copied us, and market is overcrowder but we still remain the one with really great features to offer like Responsive slider, Javascript 3D and most improtantly for PRO users a really good support that helps you create and embed the slider in your site.

        only thing we look forward to release is a video as a slide, but that will take some more time due to other things we are working on

        thanks
        Alex
        CU3ER team

    2. I use Cu3er because it’s part of my ThemeForest Karma theme. But it’s insane to try and find the right pixel ratio to use so that it doesn’t pervert the quality of the banner. ThemeForest made the large 3D front page Cu3er 940×400, but in the Slides and Transitions “Default” settings, they have it set to 940×359.359…????

      No matter what pixel ratio I use, the banners loose about 10% to 15% and some as high as 20% quality… It’s crazy, and frustrating.. 🙂

  3. I was disappointed to find that this list is compiled all of sliders that you must pay for. What happened to wordpress’s stunning open source developer community? To another site to find a better list I guess.

    1. You will probably find free sliders, but if you want the best, these are the ones. Sometimes it is worth paying a few dollars to get a well developed product. With sliders being the center piece of many a homepage, I think it is well worth paying for them. Of course, you have the freedom to choose any plugin you wish, and the beauty of the WordPress community is that free and premium plugins co-exist happily.

    1. I will note it down, thanks for your suggestion. Not all are affiliate links however, and if you wouldn’t like to support the site by buying a product through the affiliate links, you are free to just search for it directly. It takes a lot of time and effort to run a site like this and we appreciate all those who support us by using the affiliate links. I should also mention that we only promote products that we truly believe in. In this regard, I am sure that if you try out some of our recommended sliders such as RoyalSlider or Soliloquy, you won’t be disappointed.

  4. Been working hard recently on some major Easing Slider updates, would be great if everyone check it out as well 🙂 Easing Slider is a lighter alternative to the traditional slideshow plugin that’s built with a small footprint and ultra-smooth mobile integration, ideal for those conscious of bloat. It focuses on being simple, with a native feeling user interface. Lots of work gone into it, and we think you’ll really like it 🙂

    Would be great to get this added to the list too if possible!

  5. It really hurts when you see the HTML code of any website using any of these sliders, all the styles are injected all over the HTML. The only one that convinces me is Soliloquy. As far as I’ve seen, It takes care of code, even in their site, all minified and js files at the end of HTML. But, it is very simple, with no animated layers. I’d like to see the code with animated layers.

    The one I like most is LayerSlider, I mean talking about design, is very powefull. I’ve used it and I think is wonderfull, but awfull in code. It gives you the hability to use custom css and alt or title and all these atributes but even using them, It continues to stream styles and transitions over HTML.

    So, what we have here is design vs SEO and web performance. When someone will do a slider that unifies both issues? Does anyone know a slider like that? Does anyone care about this? I’m not able to find a slider that fits SEO, web performance and html standards.

    1. Hey Ibán, have a look at my plugin Easing Slider.

      I think the approach I’ve taken with it is what you are looking for. For example, it uses as little core styling as possible, and will only load the CSS and JS when you actually display a slideshow (although you have to enable this in the “Settings” panel). It loads a single CSS and JS file, minified, just 16kb in total. These can also be disabled in the “Settings” panel if you want to roll your own. No other random styling attributes are added, unless you start using the “Customize” panel.

      It’s also been built to be performant. I’ve come up with my own PHP image resizing functionality that will keep file sizes low and ensure they fit. I’ve also aimed for as little Javascript interference as possible, especially when it comes to mobile, so the scripting has been performance tested regarding browser reflows, repaints, etc.

      In the “Pro” version, some helper CSS classes have been included for easily controlling HTML content animations, as well as some positioning classes. More info can be found in the docs.

      Oh, and a few SEO options have been included. It is tough to make a slideshow work well for SEO as they aren’t particularly designed for it, but you can easily set each slide’s image title & alt attribute, etc.

      Definitely have a look at it 🙂 I do hope you’ll like it!

      1. Thanks a lot Matthew, sure I will check it out and tell you something about. I do really agree about the difficulty of making a slideshow taking care of SEO, but that’s the point. Thank you for yor reply.

      2. Ok, Matthew, I’ve taken the personal license. I’m going to check it out and see how it works and performs. I’ll give you my opinion. If fits for me, I’ll go with developer license and will use it in my customer’s projects. Thanks.

        1. That’s awesome to hear 🙂 If you ever need a hand with anything, or run into trouble, don’t hesitate to contact me via the support form on the site here. I’ll get back to you in no time 🙂

  6. Thank you, great collection…

    I also found this one very useful online slideshow creator and it’s totally free:
    http://www.comslider.com

    it also support great effects (e.g. kenburns, flipp, explode, …)

  7. The “best” slider and sliders after days of research in relation to features & speed (not resource hogs) is:

    SlideDeck 2 & Slider Pro

    I haven’t made a decision yet on which one I want, mainly due to pricing schemes, but these two as far as I could find are the best of all.

    Hopos Slider & Soliloquy

    Are my next two…. Hopos is slightly less professional looking, but the slider itself and the features are very nice and the price is nice.

    People like to say Soliloquy is the best or one of, but frankly I can’t stand it. First, if they ever go out of business, you’re up the creek. Because nearly all of their features of worth require downloading and activating after install of the Plugin. Further, their features even with everything simply isn’t as close as any of the others save about the same as Hopos, maybe less.

    The ONLY GOOD thing about Soliloquy I like is they have a Lifetime License. This good for those of us who just have some private sites, aren’t some big developers etc. but want our stuff to keep working without having to pay out the butt every year. This is one reason I’m maybe leaning to Slider Pro, because they at least have unlimited updates, even though I have to purchase for each website (unique themes).

    There are of course other sliders, some with lot’s of features, but as far as I could tell, they all had some big limitations, either slider theme limitations and/or resource hogs. Some of these are the most popular mainly because idiots are putting them in their themes, and that’s just wrong and too bad. I would go with “Hopos Slider” before one of those. It wins in both theme designs and speed.

    Now, mines a useful “review”.

  8. I’m genuinely a novice, and recently paid the bucks to Theme Forest for their Karma template for WordPress… Although I love the idea of a great slider, one of the most frustrating aspects is trying to find that perfect size to keep it from perverting the quality of the banners.

    ThemeForest really like Cu3er, and that’s what is embedded in their Theme Karma. Although I do like the great 3D effects when it slides, the lack of quality to my banners that I spent so much time on, is frustrating….

    Would you recommend another slider that could potentially be plugged into ThemeForest’s Karma theme? I know some of these themes are so tightly edited, that the simplest change can throw them off…

    But this is one novice who certainly would like to find a better slider that is capable of keeping the quality of my banner’s sharpness… 🙂

  9. Easing slider does not work well with responsive , we purchased it & then realised that add slides option is not working with the latest wp , tried all possible methods like disabling all plugins , reinstalling wp , reinstalling easing slider etc , still no luck , feels like we simply wasted 20Euros on it.

    1. Hi Thomas, that sounds very unusual. The plugin is tested with all the most recent versions of WordPress and should be working perfectly. As well, the plugin is fully responsive, but you must enable the responsive option for it to work. Can you try contacting support here? http://easingslider.com/support. I’d be happy to deal with you personally and fix all of the issues you’re having 🙂

  10. Hello, I need an animated slider responsive plugin for my wordpress site. I am using regular slider on my site but I want animated kindly share link if you have and using on somewhere. I will be very thankful to you. Regards,

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