Sliders are one of the basic elements of a wordpress site. And there are many free slider plugins available in WordPress repository.
Choosing a slider among those is a hectic job. In this article we will look at the best slider plugins based on their features and ease of use etc.
While choosing a slider, make sure that you check the below points
- Plugin should be compatible with your wordpress version.
- Make sure that the Plugin is frequently updated. You can check this at “Last Updated” in plugin page.
- Always install the plugins which has more active installs.
- Always read the reviews and rating of the plugin before installing it.
Major Slider Problems:
Main problem with most of the sliders are they are not responsive. WordPress site without a Responsive slider is of no use.
Another problem is most of the sliders are not user friendly.
Even though there are many premium sliders in the market, there are few free plugins which are on par with the premium plugins in terms of quality, performance, features and speed.
Best Free WordPress Sliders:
Few of the best free slider plugins in wordpress are
- Huge It Slider
- Meta Slider
- Crelly Slider
Huge IT Slider is most popular and one of the best slider plugin in wordpress. It has more than 100,000 active installs.
There is no restriction on number of slider images. You can even add videos in the slider.
It comes with various transition effects than any other slider plugin and it is responsive.
Meta Slider is the best slider plugin which is available in wordpress. The most popular Meta slider has more than 700,000 active installs.
Meta slider offers 4 types of sliders types to choose from (Flex Slider, Nivo Slider, Responsive Slides & Coin Slider). This plugin also provides preview option in the backend. You can add lightbox functionality using its free “Meta Slider Lightbox” add-on.
Crelly Slider is a free wordpress slider which supports layers. This is the best free layer slider which is available on wordpress. This plugin provides various transition effects and animations. You can add text, images, even videos.
This slider is fully responsive and its compatible is all the browsers. It also provides a preview option in backend.