Top 10 Free Responsive Slider Plugins for WordPress

Having a slider on your website is common nowadays. They are really useful by offering a means for highlighting important content within a limited space. But what about when that space becomes even more limited, such as when your site is viewed on a mobile device?

In this roundup, we have put together the top 10 free responsive slider plugins for WordPress users. Here they are:

Well, we are here to help with that.

FlexSlider

FlexSlider opular responsive jQuery slider toolkit WooThemes

FlexSlider is a popular responsive jQuery slider toolkit by WooThemes. It features semantic markup, horizontal/vertical slide, fade animations, custom navigation options, callback API as well as touch-swipe support.

WOW Slider – jQuery Image Slider & Gallery

The WOW Slider jQuery image sliders WordPress Responsive plugins

The WOW Slider offers jQuery image sliders. The best part? It does not require any knowledge of coding whatsoever! WOW Slider offers a simple and easy to use interface for creating sliders and it can be used by coders and non-coders alike.

Captain Slider – jQuery Slider/Slideshow Plugin

Captain Slider free plugin add responsive jQuery sliders wordpress site

Captain Slider is a free plugin that lets you add jQuery sliders to your WP site. It supports custom shortcodes as well as video slides.

SlideDeck 2 – Lite Responsive Content Slider

SlideDeck feature-rich plugin create responsive sliders virtually any type of content

SlideDeck 2 is a feature-rich plugin that lets you create responsive sliders from virtually any type of content — be it Flickr photos, Youtube videos, Pinterest posts, and of course, images.

Meteor Slides – Create Responsive Slideshows

Meteor Slides lets you create responsive slideshows for your website. You can add the slideshows using widgets, shortcodes or template tags. The plugin offers multiple transition styles, customizable slideshow metadata and multi-site compatibility. Meteor Slides has also been translated into multiple languages.

WP Parallax Content Slider Plugin

WP Parallax Content Slider Plugin highly customizable WordPress plugin features CSS3 animations

The WP Parallax Content Slider Plugin is a highly customizable WordPress plugin that features CSS3 animations and displays sliders using a beautiful Parallax effect.

Cyclone Slider 2

Cyclone Slider another free plugin creating responsive sliders

Cyclone Slider 2 is yet another free plugin for creating responsive sliders. It features custom animations, custom widgets and does support multiple sliders per page.

Super Slider

Super Slider create multiple sliders minutes WordPress Responsive Slider plugins

Super Slider lets you create multiple sliders within minutes. You can insert the sliders into your posts and pages, or use them as widgets or even embed them directly via HTML.

EasyRotator – jQuery Slider / Rotator Builder

As the name suggests, EasyRotator for WordPress lets you add jQuery sliders or rotators to your WP site with ease.

WP Orbit Slider

WP Orbit Slider custom post types taxonomies create slider groups

The WP Orbit Slider uses custom post types and taxonomies to create slider groups. Unlike other plugins, it offers only one slider per post or page.

Meta Slider

Meta Slider four jQuery sliders Nivo Slider Coin Slider Flex Slider Responsive Slides

Meta Slider lets you choose between four jQuery sliders: Nivo Slider, Coin Slider, Flex Slider and Responsive Slides. The plugin comes with its own custom widgets and shortcodes, automatic image cropping and has been fully localized. There is also a pro version which lets you add video sliders and dynamic post feed slides.

Comments

  • ponnuki

    It’s a great list but it would be great to have more information per slider. I am not sure the author tried all of these plugin.

    For example SlideDeck2 seems really awesome, but has a really bad UI design, it creates also a notice on top of your wordpress admin that ask you to update for the pro version, which is quite annoying. I have a lot of experience with WordPress (6+ year) and I was confuse how to create a new slide as everything seemed like and Advertisement in the admin panel. de-activate delete

    Super slider also a free version of a commercial product. Seemed good and less spamy than SlideDeck2, but the UI is a failure too. Overly complex to find where to add an image to a slide, then I realized that you cannot use the wordpress media uploader for that plugin. You can’t really expect user to copy and paste url for each image?? de-activate delete

    Capitain Slider seemed cute because of the cartoons! Fast install, the plugin integrate well with wordpress, first impression is nice. But I soon realized that the integration to wordpress is too tight, the plugin itself is just an custom post (for a slide), with custom category(for slider), and the settings. It’s actually too much integrated into wordpress which makes it harder to actually create slider. It felt a bit better than the last 2 but still not impress. de-activate delete

    Next, flexslider I decided to try because I used woocommerce in the past… well I guess I was running out of reason and that was the last step before I do a random choice… and then I realized that I had to install the slider ‘plugin’ manually by inserting the code. I mean this is for a client that wants to manage their own site, so I didn’t even install this on, so responsive slider for developer wasn’t an option either…

    So now going in order, Wow slider, is a windows and mac app! not a plugin! Ho well, next!

    Meteor Slideshow is similar to captain slider, not bad, but nothing fancy. I would still want something easier to manage. de-activate delete

    Cyclone slider2 is actually not bad. It’s quite simple interface, but work a lot better than the other. Easy re-ordering by drag and drop, you create the slider and add the slide in one page, contrarly to meteor slide and captain. You can buy extra template for 10$ but the slider is free, something I like. I couldn’t find how to add the php code to put the slider in the header, but they had a complex how to add the slider into a theme… It was almost it, but I wanted to test my luck further

    EasyRotator ~ First time ever that I install a wordpress plugin that has an external editor created with adobe air. Nice idea, but I don’t really want to use a air appication to create a slideshow, not to mention that my client will need training on that, so I didn’t pass the install stage of the plugin editor. de-activate delete

    Wp-orbit slider – again the same UI as meteor and captain, too minimalistic to my taste. de-activate delete

    Parallax slider – Had a good feel to start with, they have a git hub page where they do their support, that’s great! I got the php code right on the first few line – that’s perfect. The downside, it’s only for displaying post and page (can’t create a custom image slider), and also they use the parallax buz word in a kind of wrong way – it’s not really parallax actually. de-activate delete

    And Finally, MetaSlider – simple UI, (you are presented with a + to start the process) easily adding slides, and the php code is right there at the bottom. It’s a free version of a pro slider, but both the price 19$ and how they display their ad (quite subtle in the top right corner) was quite charming. I will investigate more on that one, but for now I am pleased!

    I would have enjoy this article if the information was more relevant, what you offered could be compared to the first page of a google search about ‘wordpress plugin slider responsive’ which is not that helpful. Article like that hurt the reputation of a site, as I will question if I used speckyboy when I can do the research myself.

  • disqus_UZrzuW8WD3

    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 an actual useful “review”.

  • disqus_UZrzuW8WD3

    I wouldn’t even both with “free” sliders unless you want pretty limited features, you use pretty much only images, and you size those images perfectly before hand. They simply don’t “perform” like a person would naturally want, and they often have formatting issues. I know all this from lot’s of testing.

    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.

    RoyalSlider would be my “third” best, but I don’t like the fact that for the WordPress version you have to add Lightbox functionality “manually”. Otherwise, I would consider it right close to my top two.

    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”.

  • Patrick Mbaneze

    Thank you for this list, i have tried cyclone and satisfied with it. and this is awesome.