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8 Best WordPress Slider & Carousel Plugins of 2017

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Whether you want to show off customer testimonials, your latest blog posts,
your best images, or just celebrate the members of your team, there is a WordPress slider or carousel plugin out there that’s right for you.

But before we share the 8 hottest in the Envato Market this year, maybe we
should clarify the difference or the lack thereof between a slider and a
carousel plugin. Some say that there’s little difference between the two because
they both do a variation of the same thing: display a number of images in a
slideshow format while offering some controls like previous/next arrows, thumbnail
navigation, and sometimes transition effects between the slides.

Others insist that though this may be true, the important distinction
between the two is that a slider slides the images horizontally or vertically while
a carousel rotates the images on an axis with the image always facing the
viewer. While the jury is still out which camp is right, for the purpose of
this article we’ll treat the two terms as interchangeable and get on with the
business of revealing the 8 Best Slider
& Carousel Plugins of 2017 on CodeCanyon.

1. Magazine Builder – Turn your blog theme into a magazine theme

Magazine Builder is the latest kid on the block at CodeCanyon. Its
main purpose is to incorporate magazine layouts, elements and features into
your blog theme, and in doing so it has created three slick slider features that
bring an air of cool to any WordPress site. 

Magazine Builder

My favourite feature is the drag & drop interface which makes it oh so easy to use.

Other favourite features:

  • full-width template
  • responsive layout
  • 4 display options
  • blog layouts
  • and many more

Magazine Builder may be the new kid on the block, but it won’t be long
before it’s dominating the field.

2. Woo Shop
Slider – WooCommerce Slider For Products, Single Product and Categories

Woo Shop Slider is specifically designed for users with products they
want to sell online, but really it offers such a great range of slider styles
that there’s no reason the general user can’t adapt it to suit their needs.

Woo Shop Slider

The standout feature for me with this item is that the sliders generate
a shortcode that can be placed anywhere on your website.

 Other favourite features:

  • 8 different slider designs to choose from
  • visual composer friendly
  • lazy loading
  • easy installation
  • and more

For users wanting to show off their products, Woo Shop Slider is hard to
beat for versatility and visual power.

3. Master
Slider – WordPress Responsive Touch Slider

There’s no wonder why Master Slider is a perennial favourite on CodeCanyon.
The Responsive Touch Slider offers over 70 templates which are highly
customizable and as easy to use as 1, 2, 3. 

Master Slider

What I like the most with this plugin is the ability to insert or embed
HTML formatted text, links, images or video directly into each slide and then independently
animate each layer.

great features include:

  • drag and drop visual builder
  • easy to display image gallery as slider
  • touch swipe navigation
  • ability to load and display galleries from services
    like Flickr and WooCommerce
  • and more

 With over 70 customisable options to choose, Master Slider has a wide
cross-user appeal.

4. Slider Pro
– Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin

Slider Pro, a top three seller at CodeCanyon, provides a clean and
intuitive user interface in the admin area and a smooth navigation experience
for the end users.

Slider Pro avoids unnecessary fanciness, which many times is an obstacle
for end users in getting the information they need, and instead focuses on
simplicity and performance, while still providing a wide range of customization

Slider Pro

My favourite feature is
the deep linking feature where each slide change will update the URL in the
browser’s navigation bar with the appropriate URL hash.

 Other great features include:

  • optimised image loading
  • easy customisation
  • smooth animations
  • multiple layouts
  • and more

Slider Pro, as the name suggests, is the professional solution you need.

5. RoyalSlider
– Touch Content Slider for WordPress

The single most downloaded slider at CodeCanyon, Royal Slider for
WordPress is packed with irresistible features. Used by companies as diverse as Coco Cola, Ralph Lauren and Land Rover,
this plugin does just about everything you could possibly want from a slider.


The most appealing
feature is the full-screen feature with native HTML5 fullscreen support.
Perfect for showing high-resolution photography.

 Other great features include:

  • multiple sliders per page are allowed, even with
    different skins
  • touch swipe navigation support
  • responsive design
  • vertical or horizontal thumbnails, bullets or tabs
    for navigation
  • and more

RoyalSlider will definitely wow your visitors with its clean and professional

6. Logos Showcase – Multi-Use Responsive WP Plugin

The Logos
Showcase plugin is specifically targeted for users who want to create a grid of
images with external or internal links or need to display a list of clients’ or
sponsors’ logos.

Logos Showcase

The standout feature
with RoyalSlider is the ability to display logos on a grayscale version with
the option to display with original colors by hovering if desired.

great features include:

  • choice
    of three different ways to display images
  • control
    of transition speed and auto scroll is enabled
  • control
    of default size of logo images
  • option
    to set URLs to each logo which can open on the same page or in a new
  • and

Logos Showcase is the slider to choose if your priority is to display
logos and lists most effectively.

7. Carousel
Anything for Visual Composer 

With Carousel
Anything, you can turn any content into a slider: latest blog posts,
testimonials, team members, image sliders, video, or anything else you want.

Carousel Anything

What I most like
about this plugin is the simple, clean interface and ease of use.

Other great features

  • responsiveness
  • touch and swipe
  • fully customizable
  • ability to work with any theme
  • and more

Carousel Anything will definitely satisfy users who have a
variety of content they want to create sliders from.

8. Ultra
Portfolio – WordPress

Ultra Portfolio will primarily appeal to users who are interested in building
portfolios with slider features included. It offers a large number of layout options and really delivers on flexibility
and functionality.

Ultra Portfolio

The most appealing
feature with this slider is the ability to control animation effects and
animation speed.

Other great features

  • unlimited layouts
  • WooCommerce integration
  • Google Font integration
  • ability to control the number of columns for various
    screen resolutions and widths. (2, 3, 4, 5, 6 columns)
  • and more

Ultra Portfolio should be your choice if you want to combine slider
functions with a wide range of portfolio options.


This is obviously but an incredibly small subset of options and products available in the Envato Marketplace. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, why not look at what else is available?

Furthermore, if you’re interested in getting more into WordPress development, don’t hesitate to review the many tutorials we have available.