Whenever a user lands on your website, it is very important that you show him the best content your website has to offer. Such content is known as featured content. In this way, you can reduce your bounce rate. The user is likelier to stick around longer and check out other great content on your website. Now for showing featured content, sliders are the latest trend, and getting more and more popular. Not only do they beautify your website design, they also offer ease of use and accessibility for the visitor. Take your best content and a good slider system, coupled with the most popular CMS in the world (WordPress) and you’ve cooked up a great recipe to boost your online success!
There are a great many plugins available for WordPress that enhance your content by creating attractive slider systems on your website. They are easy to set-up and use, and provide a lot of functionality. They are compatible with almost any WordPress website / blog, so you can install them without any concern. Here is our collection of the top 5 slider plugins that we think you might like. Enjoy :)
1. Front Slider WordPress Plugin
Front Slider allows you to display an unlimited number of posts, images, or text. You can customize features such as setting sliding speed, duration, rotation etc. You can also organize your content into categories. It is a great and free plugin.
2. Slide Deck Slideshow
This plugin is a great to display rich content on your site. It is quite user-friendly both for you and for your visitors. You can create a content slider widget or slideshow without much effort. It has a nice WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. This means you get a visual editor for creating your own slideshow.
Another great feature is, you can create a dynamic slideshow that updates itself with new content! All you need to do is select the Smart Slider option and choose a criteria from most popular to most recent (etc.). This show will automatically update itself with the latest content that you publish.
This is not a free plugin though. But it might be worth it, considering the many features it offers.
3. vSlider – WordPress Image Slider Plugin
This is a jQuery based Image slideshow plugin with fade and slide image transitions. And because it makes use of the core WordPress jQuery library, it is extremely small, and does not require you to write any sort of code. This is also a dynamic slider, which means it will update itself and add images and some text with each of your new posts. And, it is totally free!
4. Featured Content Gallery
This is a very easy plugin to integrate. All you have to do is add a custom field to any page or post you want to display on the gallery, and it will automatically display the image, a thumbnail, the title and a few starting lines from the text in the post / page. You can customize things like gallery style, text style, colours etc.
5. Touch Carousel
This is a pretty cool slider plugin. It has touch navigation for touch-screen mobile devices, and it also works with a standard mouse. You can create your own custom layouts. Not only that, you can also create categories and tags for your content. It is a great plugin,but unfortunately, it isn’t free, which is why it isn’t higher up on our list.
That concludes our review of the top 5 slider plugins. Hope you liked them (well, one of them at least :P). See you in the next post.Have a nice weekend :)
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