Best WordPress Sliders in 2014

Sliders continue to be a super popular way to spice up a website's homepage, so in this post we'll be taking a look at the best WordPress sliders that are available to you in 2014.

Sliders continue to be a super popular way to spice up a website’s homepage, so in this post we’ll be taking a look at the best WordPress sliders that are available to you in 2014.

Soliloquy

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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.

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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.

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LayerSlider WP – The WordPress Parallax Slider

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LayerSlider WP is a premium multi-purpose slider for creating image galleries, content sliders, and mind-blowing slideshows with must-see effects, even from your WordPress posts and pages. It usescutting edge technologies to provide the smoothest experience that’s possible, and it comes with more than 200 preset 2D and 3D slide transitions. It has a beautiful and easy-to-use admin interface with supporting modern features like drag n’drop WYSIWYG slider builder, real-time previews, timeline view, Google Fonts and transition builder for custom animations.

It’s device friendly by supporting responsive mode, multiple layouts, touch gestures on mobile devices, and uses techniques like lazy load and conditional script loading for optimal performance. You can add any content into sliders, including images, text, custom HTML, YouTube and Vimeo videos or HTML5 self-hosted multimedia contents. It’s also SEO friendly by allowing you to build semantic markup with custom attributes that search engines can index easily. LayerSlider comes with 13 built-in skins, and it has tons of options to entirely customize the appearance and behavior of your sliders at the smallest detail.

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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.

Get 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.

Get Slider Pro

Facebook Likebox Slider

facebook likebox

The best Social Slider plugin for WordPress on the market. Easy to install, 3 click configuration, awesome tabs design. Easy way to get more shares, more traffic, more fans and popularity.

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Responsive Zoom In/Out WordPress Slider

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Zoom In/Out Effect Sliders Full Collection WordPress Plugin comes in 4 versions: Fixed Dimensions, Full Width, Full Screen and SideBar banners/Mini-Galeries.

Get Responsive Zoom In/Out WordPress 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.

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.

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Mega Slider

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MegaSlider is responsive slider plugin with touch-swipe navigation. You can add text, image or video to your slider. With a friendly admin user interface and power timeline manager, MegaSlider is highly customizable slider for WordPress.

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Showbiz Pro Responsive Teaser WordPress Plugin

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Showbiz Pro is a responsive teaser displaying solution that allows you to show WordPress Posts or any Custom Content with a set amount of teaser items.

Choose from a set of predefined skins to show your websites blog posts, services, portfolio items; basically all business information thinkable. What makes this item unique is that you can define everything (captions, preview, details, etc) via CSS or HTML in the optional Template Skin Editor which gives you unlimited layout possibilities.

Get Showbiz Pro Responsive Teaser WordPress Plugin

Justified Image Grid

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This responsive WordPress gallery plugin aligns your thumbnails into a justified grid using jQuery, like Flickr and Google image search. Make your galleries stand out in an eye-catching and unique new way.

WordPress manages the galleries and this plugin will display them. Or alternatively you can load images from Facebook, Flickr, Instagram or use NextGEN as an image manager/source. Unleash the power of image RSS Feeds and pull videos from Youtube, Vimeo and images from 500px, Pinterest, deviantART, Stumbleupon, Imgur, Tumblr, WordPress.com blogs and more, or just make a responsive banner of Recent posts using their featured images. Also works with custom post types and custom taxonomies. Filter the thumbnails by tags or any taxonomy.

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Fancy Gallery

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Create your own individual gallery easily in WordPress with Fancy Gallery. The plugin comes with a user-friendly AJAX-driven adiminstration that allows you to create galleries easily and quickly. You can display a gallery in a post, page or even in a widget area.

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Thumbnail Gallery

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This plugin will help you to easily add a thumbnail gallery to your WordPress website or blog. The gallery is completely customizable, resizable and is compatible with all browsers and devices (iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones). You will be able to insert it in any page or post you want with inbuilt short code generator.

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UberSlider

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UberSlider – Layer Slider WordPress Plugin contains 4 versions: Classic, Perpetuum Mobile, Mouse Interaction and Ultra. Each of these 4 versions has 2 skins (bullets & thumbs) and can be used as Fixed Dimensions or as Full Width.

It allows you to easily create powerful sliders with animated layers (text layer or images layer), making the slider very easy to setup and maintain.

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Global Gallery

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Create fully responsive and adaptive galleries fast and with ease on your website. Global Gallery can handle unlimited image sources and comes with three gallery layouts, seven lightboxes ready to use and is designed to be displayed on each device: whether you are using a retina MacBook or an iPhone.

Get Global Gallery

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 an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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  1. Another great article Jean! I do have a little problem with the content though, because Sliders are just used robotically by website owners without thinking about their conversion rates. A/B test after A/B test has shown that they decrease engagement and increase bounce rates.

    Here are just a FEW of the conversion experts who wrote about sliders and why they pretty much destroy conversions on a homepage when not done strategically (or tested against static banners):

    A.) http://visualwebsiteoptimizer.com/split-testing-blog/image-slider-alternatives/
    B.) http://www.widerfunnel.com/conversion-rate-optimization/rotating-offers-the-scourge-of-home-page-design
    C.) http://conversionxl.com/dont-use-automatic-image-sliders-or-carousels-ignore-the-fad/#.

    Pretty doesn’t always mean effective!

    Cheers,
    Zach

    1. It totally depends on the type and content of a site. For news sites, a slider with recent posts showing multiple slides at a time, probably in small thumbs are very useful but large slides may cause higher bounce rates. And for sites on photography, people like to slide and see large pictures and do not prefer small thumbs.

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