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30 Free Slider jQuery Plugins for WordPress

The increasing demand of well coded WordPress slider plugins is nowadays well-known by all users who want on their website a top header slider to present their latest posts or feature products they sell. The sliders are now a must have component when it comes to design a new website and give to the visitors a pleasant visual experience, whether is a jQuery slider or a Flash slider.

There are hundreds of jQuery sliders on the internet, some of them with a huge backend, where you can change almost anything to configure the slider in a unique way. This kind of admin options is a headache for me because in the end you’ll use especially the main options with few additional options, around 30-35% of the entire slider features. The rest of them just in case you’ll need in the future, but I tell your from experience that will be no future use for the remaining options, only if you’ll use the slider in a different project.

WordPress and jQuery go hand in hand when it comes to develop a slider jQuery plugin for WordPress. Creating sliders for feature products, articles or portfolio items are a fantastic way to engage the user in a beautiful journey through your website. The are plenty of free WordPress slider plugins to choose from that contains multiple transition effects, navigate through the buttons or image thumbs, with 3D transitions, flickr like style, autoplay option, audio and video support.

Today we’ll present to you 30 amazing free jQuery slider galleries that are easy to install and configure, no coding ability required, and will give your website a brand new look. The free slider galleries contains an admin option panel with great features and many of the jQuery galleries use the built in media gallery from WordPress to upload the images. Enjoy and choose the one that fits your overall design!

30 Free Slider jQuery Plugins for WordPress

1. Dynamic Content Gallery

This plugin creates a dynamic gallery of images for latest and/or featured content using either the JonDesign SmoothGallery script for mootools, or a custom jQuery script.


2. Featured Content Gallery

Featured Content Gallery creates an automated, fully customizable rotating image gallery anywhere within your WordPress site.


3. NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a slideshow option.


4. Front Slider

Front Slider includes as many Featured Posts as you like. You can define a Image for every Post/Page. It shows an excerpt, date, time and number of comments for every Post.


5. GRAND FlAGallery

GRAND FlAGallery is a Photo Gallery, Video Gallery, Music Album & Banner Rotator plugin with powerfull admin to manage your media content


6. WordPress Content Slide

Content Slide is used to create fully customizable jquery Fading image slideshow anywhere within your WordPress site. Custom options include slideshow size, color, style and more.


7. Content Slider by SlideDeck

The SlideDeck WordPress slider plugin allows you to easily create a content slider widget or slideshow on your WordPress blog without having to write any code.


8. Slideshow Gallery

You can easily display multiple galleries throughout your WordPress website displaying your custom added slides or showing slides from WordPress posts. The slideshow is flexible and all aspects can easily be configured.


9. Easing Slider

The Easing Slider comes with various options that allow you to choose different sources to get the images from and also multiple styling options so that you”ll never have to edit any files directly & with ease. Create your own unique elegant slider.


10. All-In-One Slideshow

All-In-One Slideshow plugin implements jCycle, Easing and Cufon scripts into the highly customizable slideshow gallery. You can combine 27 transition and 8 easing effects! The plugin comes with a package of 8 cufon fonts.


11. iSlidex

iSlidex is a WordPress slideshow plugin that will display images taken from posts in a specific category. Completely automated once you set the number of slides you would like to feature, the size and the category from where iSlidex will pull the images from.


12. DM Albums

DM Albums is an inline photo album/gallery plugin that displays high quality images and thumbnails perfectly sized to your blog.


13. Meteor Slides

Meteor Slides makes it simple to create slideshows with WordPress by adding a custom post type for slides. Easily create slideshows and publish them with a shortcode or widget. The slideshows are powered by jQuery Cycle and have over twenty transition styles to choose from.


14. Slideshow Satellite

The goal of this slideshow is to create beautiful ways of displaying content in ways that suit the content you are providing.


15. Smooth Slider

Smooth Slider adds a smooth content and image slideshow with customizable background and slide intervals to any location of your blog. You can choose some of your posts,pages and media images as featured posts and show them into a slideshow on your blog home page (i.e. Index) as well as in sidebar.


16. vSlider Multi Image Slider for WordPress

vSlider is a wordpress image slider plugin where you can host multiple image sliders and upto 20 slides per slider.


17. Slidepost

A simple plugin to display WordPress posts as a slideshow.


18. Flickr + Highslide

This plugin displays Flickr photos using highslide.


19. Coin Slider 4 WordPress

Coin Slider 4 WP is WordPress plugin for creating image gallery with unique transition effects of featured posts. You can choose between three types of transition effects: random, swirl and rain. Also, you can set width, height, delay time, number of posts.


20. Easy Nivo Slider

Easy Nivo Slider allows you to easily add the awesome Nivo Slider to any post, page, or sidebar without writing any code. This plugin generates the slideshow for you, allowing many customizations including size, speed, type of animation, navigation behavior.


21. WOW Slider

WOW Slider is a jQuery image slider for WordPress with stunning visual effects (Blast, Fly, Blinds, Squares, Slices, Basic, Fade, Ken Burns, Stack, Stack vertical and Basic linear) and tons of professionally made templates.


22. WP Content Slideshow

WP Content Slideshow shows up to 5 Posts or Pages in a very nice and powerful Javascript Slideshow. On the left side of the Slideshow it displays a Image for every Post. On the right side, there are all the Titles (and a small description under the Title) of the Posts/Pages.


23. Promotion Slider

Promotion slider is a jQuery slider that makes it easy to insert a simple slideshow, or implement multiple rotating ad zones, on a webpage.


24. WP Orbit Slider

WP Orbit Slider is a jQuery slider that uses custom post type and taxonomies. Oh, its also responsive!


25. TheThe Image Slider

TheThe Image Slider WP plugin provides you with powerful, creative and versatile jQuery based image slider.


26. Portfolio Slideshow

Easily add a clean and simple javascript slideshow to your site. The slideshow integrates well into any design, supports fluid-width themes, and offer.


27. cSlider

cSlider is easy-to-use. Create beautiful and stunning content sliders! This is the most simple and innovative content slider available for WordPress.


28. jQuery Horizontal Slider


Plugin/Widget for create slider menus or slider galleries with a horizontal JQuery effect.

29. Skitter Slideshow

Slideshow flexible with many options for customizations.


30. jQuery Slider

This is a highly customizable jQuery Slider plugin. You can set its width, height, pagination and other parameters.


Did we missed a great slider WordPress plugin? You can leave a comment below.

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