For those of you who want to install a slider on your blog, but are still confused about which one is the best. Among the thousands of sliders on wordpress.org, this post is perfect for you. Here I provide recommendations for the best slider plugins for all readers. I rate this plugin based on several categories, namely page load speed, responsiveness, features, appearance, and ease of use.
Displaying a slider on a blog not only makes the blog more beautiful, but it can also make the blog more professional, and able to navigate to visitors which pages are important to them. In this post, I will recommend four of the best plugins, namely soliloquy, Meta Slider, Huge-IT Slider, and Master Slider plugin.
Soliloquy Lite WordPress Slider
For those of you who want a slider plugin; that is lightweight and doesn’t burden your blog, then soliloquy is the answer. Personally, I have tried many slider plugins, but I haven’t found a slider that’s as light as a soliloquy. What’s amazing is, when I tried this plugin, my blog was still accessible with a page-load of just 1.22 seconds. I have found tons of articles from wordpress experts who highly recommend soliloquy lite to be a free slider that is worth a try.
Besides being lightweight and having fast loading. This slider plugin is also very responsive so it can adjust the size when accessed via smartphones and tablets. In its use, the soliloquy is also very user friendly because the interface is very simple using wordpress media upload. If you are not satisfied with the free version, you can upgrade to the pro version for 19 $ / year.
Meta Slider WordPress Plugin
The meta slider is the king of all responsive plugin sliders on wordpress.org with 600,000 ++ active installs and a rating of 4.8 / 5. The advantage of the Meta Slider free version over other plugins lies in the many style choices that the meta slider has and this is not widely available in other free version slider plugins. To make a slider with a meta slider is very easy, just go to dashboard> meta slider panel> select image via library or upload> style options and you’re done. If you want to include it in the post or page section, just copy the slider code that has been created and paste it directly on the post or page.
Huge-IT Slider Plugin
Currently, Huge-IT Slider has 100,000 ++ active installs on wordpress.org and is the second-largest slider plugin after the meta slider. The advantage of Huge-IT Slider lies in their free version which allows unlimited image uploads. But the drawback of this plugin is that it uses too many Mysql Queries which is 17, this is very far from Soliloquy which only takes 2 Mysql queries.
Master Slider Plugin
Master Slider is a free HTML5 responsive slider plugin and has retina ready support that makes it look smoother. The master slider is also equipped with touch navigation with smooth swipe gestures that make it slideable by smartphone/tablet users. If you are an e-commerce businessman, it is highly recommended to buy the pro version of this plugin, because it will not only beautify the appearance of the eCommerce store but will also increase user-friendliness for prospective buyers in browsing all the products in the e-commerce store.