The 8 Best WordPress Slider Plugins for 2018

Need a slider plugin?

After reviewing the available options, I’ve put together this list of what I consider to be the best slider and slideshow plugins available for WordPress.

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Best WordPress Sliders

This is a collection of free, freemium, and premium slider plugins. Each of them can be used to add a slider/slideshow to any post or page on your WordPress site.

#1 Meta Slider

Meta slider plugin

Free | More detailsPremium upgrade

Meta Slider is my favorite slider plugin and always the first I recommend. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and the sliders look great.

Meta Slider actually includes four different sliders in it:

  • Flex Slider 2
  • Nivo Slider
  • Responsive Slides
  • Coin Slider

This way, you can pick the image slider that looks and works best for every slideshow you add to your WordPress site.

The premium version includes some awesome features like post feed sliders and Youtube video slides.

#2 SlideDeck


Free | More Details | Premium version

SlideDeck is a special kind of slider plugin. Instead of just creating standard image sliders, you can use this plugin to create slide decks from presentations.

This SEO-friendly gives you a complete interface to create your slides. You have full control over the design of every slide including the template, typography, and images you use. You can even pull in content from social media and display videos from Youtube and Vimeo

#3 Nivo Slider

Nivo Slider plugin

$29 | More details

Nivo Slider is a premium slider plugin offered by Theme Isle. It includes 16 different transition effects and four themes to choose from.

While you can get Nivo Slider from the Meta Slider plugin, you’ll get support and new updates from the developers at Theme Isle if purchased from them.

#4 Easing Slider

Easing Slider plugin

Free | More details | Premium upgrade

Easing Slider is a beautifully made slider plugin. The admin menus are well-designed and intuitive, so you can get up and running with this plugin fast.

The sliders have a handful of style options available and work on desktop and mobile devices.

#5 Text Slider

Text Slider plugin

Free | More details

Text slider is a bit different. This slideshow plugin creates sliders with text, rather than with images.

It may not be appropriate for your slideshow, but it is a great plugin for anyone looking for a text-only slider.

#6 Soliloquy

Soliloquy plugin

$19 | More details

Soliloquy is a premium and feature-rich WordPress plugin. It includes every feature you could want from a slider including:

  • WooCommerce product sliders
  • Lightboxes
  • Instagram feeds
  • Carousel gallery sliders
  • and more

And of course, all images are presented beautifully in fully responsive sliders.

#7 Responsive Slider

Responsive Slider plugin

Free | More details | Premium upgrade

Responsive Slider is a reliable image slider plugin from AlienWP.

The sliders include all the essential options such as dot and arrow navigation, as well as linkable text overlays.

#8 Revolution Slider

Revolution Slider plugin

$25 | More details

This is the most full-featured and advanced slider plugin on the market.

There is a lot to learn with this plugin, so if you want a plugin to quickly setup and start using, you’re probably better off with Easing Slider or Meta Slider. However, you can’t beat Revolution Slider in terms of options and flexibility.

Which slideshow plugin will you pick?

There are many great slider and slideshow plugins for WordPress, but the seven above stand out in terms of quality and design.

What do you think? Will you use one of the above plugins, or is there another you’d recommend? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Anna Victoria Anna Victoria

    Thanks for sharing…
    I want to suggest you one more best slider plugin that is Avartan slider. It is responsive plugin and create stunning image slider and video slider for your WordPress website.

  2. Alveena Alveena

    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,

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Alveena,

      Meta Slider has some basic animations built-in, and the premium version ($19) also lets you create advanced slide animations.

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