47 Responses

  1. Darryl
    Darryl January 8, 2013 at 17:17 | | Reply

    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. Dragan Nikolic
      Dragan Nikolic January 18, 2013 at 13:08 | | Reply

      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.

  2. Daniel Gutierrez
    Daniel Gutierrez January 8, 2013 at 17:41 | | Reply

    What about free slider plugins?

  3. Aleksandar Gvozden
    Aleksandar Gvozden January 9, 2013 at 15:11 | | Reply

    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. Kim
      Kim January 10, 2013 at 12:04 | | Reply

      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. Kim
        Kim January 10, 2013 at 12:06 | | Reply

        *$145 that is…

      2. CU3ER
        CU3ER January 10, 2013 at 15:14 | | Reply

        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. chrisban35
      chrisban35 October 26, 2013 at 03:08 | | Reply

      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.. :)

  4. Sumit
    Sumit January 10, 2013 at 11:02 | | Reply

    hi there..
    These are the best I like it maost.

    Thank you for sharing….

  5. Muneeb
    Muneeb January 10, 2013 at 18:11 | | Reply

    Please atleast review this free slider plugin

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-slider-ssp/

  6. Jason Faughnan
    Jason Faughnan January 18, 2013 at 00:27 | | Reply

    Good post but i am looking for a simple slideshow plugin with a sort of list setting.What i mean is that each image is like a single slide with a area to add a text description on the side. This is an example i found
    http://mashable.com/2013/01/12/top-10-tech-this-week-40/

    Ive gone through dozens on plugins and cant seem to find anything similar to this.Any help would be appreciated

  7. Cal
    Cal March 13, 2013 at 00:15 | | Reply

    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.

  8. start@online.no
    start@online.no March 22, 2013 at 11:45 | | Reply

    It looks like all links are affiliate links, I cant see that you have written that anywhere!

  9. Matthew Ruddy
    Matthew Ruddy April 28, 2013 at 03:27 | | Reply

    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!

  10. jashwant
    jashwant April 29, 2013 at 20:03 | | Reply

    I have recently developed a slider viz. KickAss Slider http://jashwant.github.io/kickass-slider/

    Its probably wordpress’s first free slider with CSS3 animation with drag and drop UI panel.

  11. Ibán López
    Ibán López May 15, 2013 at 01:12 | | Reply

    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. Matthew Ruddy
      Matthew Ruddy May 15, 2013 at 01:31 | | Reply

      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. Ibán López
        Ibán López May 15, 2013 at 09:19 | | Reply

        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. Ibán López
        Ibán López May 15, 2013 at 13:11 | | Reply

        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. Matthew Ruddy
          Matthew Ruddy May 15, 2013 at 13:48 | | Reply

          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 :)

      3. Ibán López
        Ibán López May 15, 2013 at 14:18 | | Reply

        Ok, thanks again. I like what I see by now. I’ll sit down with it today.

  12. mvixzora
    mvixzora June 22, 2013 at 13:16 | | Reply

    which slider load faster with iframe/html code and embedded video

  13. Willy Grmisch
    Willy Grmisch July 10, 2013 at 10:12 | | Reply

    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, …)

  14. Lee
    Lee August 19, 2013 at 03:51 | | Reply

    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”.

  15. nanno
    nanno September 3, 2013 at 15:20 | | Reply

    whats that Plugin when you get to comments : you may also like :

  16. chrisban35
    chrisban35 October 26, 2013 at 03:00 | | Reply

    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… :)

  17. Killo Ch.
    Killo Ch. November 14, 2013 at 15:08 | | Reply

    I have been looking for a wordpress slider similar to this Joomla slider. http://demo.omegatheme.com/joomla25/ot_spasalon/

    Can anyone please help me locate something similar ?

  18. Thomas
    Thomas February 12, 2014 at 11:02 | | Reply

    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. matthewruddy
      matthewruddy February 12, 2014 at 11:08 | | Reply

      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 :)

  19. Martin
    Martin February 16, 2014 at 13:29 | | Reply

    Ohhh man. That layer slider is just amazing with the parallax effect. Anyone know about other sliders that can do that?

  20. Ciprian
    Ciprian February 25, 2014 at 05:29 | | Reply

    Lots of great sliders! Have you seen the recently updated Gold Slider? http://codecanyon.net/item/wordpress-gold-slider/3459454

  21. Shade
    Shade March 6, 2014 at 06:11 | | Reply

    Great list! By any chance, do you know of a WordPress Slider plugin that is comparable to the slider seen at : http://www.goldmansachs.com ?

  22. Pierre Washington
    Pierre Washington March 11, 2014 at 19:39 | | Reply

    Yes, I would like to know the same info as Shade. I want a slider similar to :http://www.biography.com/ or http://www.goldmansachs.com/ . Jean I appreciate your time and effort. I purchased a item through your link :)

  23. Pierre
    Pierre March 12, 2014 at 14:22 | | Reply

    Hey Shade, This may help you. It is called Grid slider. http://codecanyon.net/item/wordpress-grid-slider-plugin/6641640

  24. Shade
    Shade March 13, 2014 at 00:53 | | Reply

    Thank you Pierre! I’ll definitely check it out!

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