Smart Slider 3 is Hands Down the Best WordPress Slider Plugin
Here 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.
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).
In the “General Settings” you can configure plethora of options:
- Mouse scroll
- Mouse drag
- Animation settings
Some of the background animations are:
- Scale to left
- Curtain to left
There are many other customizable options like:
By clicking on a particular slide, you can get into the individual slider settings and configure thumbnail, background, flll mode, slide duration.
In the layers, you can add Text, Button, Image, Heading, YouTube and Vimeo video.
Finally preview your slider and implement it in your theme by adding short code, php code or directly from the post/page editor.