It has become blogging fashion to show off your images and videos with a slider. Sliders are cool and great for visual representation of the media. They are great for review bloggers as they showcase all products in the post in a single place.
Sliders are beneficial for affiliate bloggers as well, because they can include a link to the merchant to make a purchase.
Here is a shortlist of the best free slider plugins for WordPress.
Meta Slider Plugin For WordPress
When it comes to free slider plugins Meta slider should be the no 1 candidate. It has 700,000 plus installs. Lets trust fellow users’ choice. With the free version of the plugin you can create responsive image slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides. You can adjust the height and width of the slider. There are three transition effects and one navigation option with the free version.
In the advanced option you can control how the text (caption of the media element) looks. Also every image slide has a link option where you ca put a link to a merchant or give a credit for a photography.
The most important feature of the free version from the SEO point of view is the ability to add image title and alt text. This feature makes the plugin a definite runner-up for the title best slider plugin.
Huge It Slider Plugin For WordPress
Before making a review I want to test the plugin. I haven’t used it so far but it has 100,000 installs from WordPress Repository and almost 5/5 user reviews. I want to find out exactly what a user can do with the free version. The authors of the plugin were so kind to deposit a test slider with three quality images. I am going to use them to test the plugin.
There were no trouble installing and using the plugin at all. Everything started working from the very beginning. In the free version you can make as many sliders as you want but they can be only image type. You can create video and post sliders with the paid version only. With Huge It Slider Plugin you can adjust width and height of the slider, there are some eye- catching sliding effects included in the free version. You can also change pause time and change speed and change navigation signs.
Overall, this plugin is easy to use, allows creating of full blown image sliders with links to the products, objects. Last but not least runs smoothly on the current version of WordPress.
Cyclone Slider 2 Plugin For WordPress
This plugin has 80,000 plus downloads so far.
Cyclone Slider 2 slideshow plugin for WordPress has all the basic capabilities to create an efficient slider. Here comes the most interesting part. The plugin supports multiple slides parts. I mean you can create a slideshow where some of the slides are YouTube video, and some are images. The plugin supports image, YouTube, Vimeo, Custom HTML
and Testimonial slides. Awesome! In addition to the usual settings the plugin comes with four themes and advanced template page. There is an information on the site about how to customize the templates. The paid version includes dynamic height and more support for mobile devices. Yet the free one plugin creates responsive slides. Smart JS/CSS loading for best performance.
Responsive WordPress Slider – Soliloquy Lite Plugin For WordPress
Soliloqui has some features that makes it stand in front of the others. It is using a custom post type to create sliders. This is not a new feature though.
The plugin is SEO optimized with the ability to specify alt and title tags for your images within the slider.
Last but not least there is smart JS/CSS loading so that assets only load on pages where a Soliloquy WordPress slider is present.
Easing Slider Plugin For WordPress
Easing Slider has 80,000 downloads from the repository. This plugin has very basic features. If you need a basic image slideshow with the images of your media library, perhaps this plugin is for you. If you want some more features, you will have to purchase a basic, unlimited or lifetime licence.
Master Slider Responsive Touch Slider Plugin For WordPress
This plugin sports 80,000 downloads from the repository. It is advertised as responsive and HTML5 WordPress slider plugin with touch swipe navigation that works smoothly on desktop and mobile devices. Having a website to perform equally well on mobile device and desktop is of crucial importance. Hence I am giving it a try.
The plugin offers touch swipe navigation for mobiles and loading assets on demand. Also you can choose from 6+ slide transitions and vertical and horizontal direction navigation.
The premium version adds the abilities to add videos and to slide WooCommerce products.