I recently finished up a website for a wonderful food blogger client. The project went incredibly well, despite getting hung up searching for the perfect WordPress image slider that would pull in her latest posts. There weren’t a lot of options or resources with specific options, so I struggled to find and test the right tool to get the job done. Below you’ll find the best WordPress post slider plugins that I researched and tested.
Advanced Post Slider (free)
Advanced Post Slider is a fairly robust WordPress plugin with tons of options for configurations without having to do any manual coding. The plugin is responsive and comes with three different slideshow options: standard, carousel, and ticker. Advanced Post Slider can dynamically pull in content by post, custom post type, or page, and you can customize options like changing the container size, background color, border, and more. View Demo | Download Plugin
Meta Slider Pro ($19+)
I’ve used the free version of the WordPress Meta Slider plugin many times before, but I knew it didn’t have built-in support for dynamic content. However, if you’re willing to spring for the Pro version, you’ll get features like dynamic post feeds, YouTube and Vimeo slides, HTML slides, layer slides, thumbnail navigation, and more. Both free and Pro versions of the plugin are fast and easy to implement. They also include full-width slideshow support and simple drag and drop reordering. View Demo | Purchase Plugin
Slider Revolution ($19)
Slider Revolution is probably my favorite slideshow plugin and it gets better with each update. This plugin is incredibly robust, including an extensive drag and drop slide builder and full control over styles, animations, and transitions. With Slider Revolution, you can easily feature your WordPress posts, including custom post types. This slider is fully responsive, with far more controls over how the slides look on individual devices than most other plugins. This is the perfect solution if you’re really looking to bring your slides to life with animations and beautiful transitions, and have some extra time to spend configuring each slide to perfection. View Demo | Purchase Plugin
LayerSlider is probably my least favorite plugin of the bunch, but I’m still including it because it’s another powerful option. I’m convinced it did a little more than I was looking for, and I just didn’t have the time to fumble through all of the options to achieve my desired result. LayerSlider is fully responsive, and allows you to build slideshows with an unlimited number of layers of images, videos, audio, text, and custom content. This plugin comes equipped with 13 skins, and loads of navigation options: bullets, thumbnails, arrows, and more. There’s an extensive Developer API for even more feature potential, and it, of course, allows you to create dynamic slides from posts and pages with some advanced filters for targeting specific posts. View Demo | Purchase Plugin