Smart Slider 3 is Hands Down the Best WordPress Slider Plugin

Smart Slider 3Here is the thing – I tried at least 10+ slider plugins for one of my latest project. It includes plugins like Meta Slider, Smooth Slider, Huge-IT Slider, Soliloquy, and many more. Finally when tried Smart Slider 3, I wished why didn’t get my hands on it in the first place. In this post, we’ll go through some of the major features that makes it stand out from the rest.

You can download the free version from the WordPress plugin repository and easily create multiple responsive sliders using layers and different animations. The control panel gives to option to set the font, position of text, add thumbnails. Finally the sliders can be added to your theme via widgets, shortcodes and php code. The slider will be optimized for search engine and touch friendly too.

Here is how it works:

Click on the smart slider link in the LHS menu to access the slider dashboard.

Click on smart Slider










You will be able to see a sample slider pre-loaded with the plugin.

Creating a Slider

Click on “Create a slider” and specify slider name, width height along with the preset (Default, Thumbnail, Caption).

Create a slider Create slider

Create slider

General Settings

In the “General Settings” you can configure plethora of options:

  1. Controls
    1. Mouse scroll
    2. Mouse drag
    3. Touch
    4. Horizontal
    5. Vertical
    6. Keyboard
  2. Alignment
    1. Normal
    2. Left
    3. Center
    4. Right
  3. Animation settings

In the “OTHER” tab, there is also an option to add JavaScript callback.

general settings

Some of the background animations are:

  • Scale to left
  • Zoom
  • Fade
  • Curtain to left
  • Puzzle

Slider Options

There are many other customizable options like:

  1. Arrow
  2. Bullets
  3. Autoplay
  4. Bar
  5. Thumbnail
  6. Shadows

Slider Options

Individual Setting

By clicking on a particular slide, you can get into the individual slider settings and configure thumbnail, background, flll mode, slide duration.

Individual Slider Settings

In the layers, you can add Text, Button, Image, Heading, YouTube and Vimeo video.

Individual Slider Layer
















Finally preview your slider and implement it in your theme by adding short code, php code or directly from the post/page editor.

Publish Slider

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