The Best Slider Plugin for WordPress

If you want to create a dynamic and stylish display on your WordPress site, it's a good idea to add a slideshow plugin.

MetaSlider is the most popular WordPress slideshow plugin. With 100,000's of websites already using MetaSlider, you’re in good company using the easiest and most powerful slider plugin for WordPress.

How to Install MetaSlider

  • In your WordPress site, go to Plugins > Add New.
  • Search for “MetaSlider”.
  • Click the “Install Now” button.
Installing MetaSlider plugin
  • Click “Activate”.
  • You will see the “Quick Start” screen, which makes it really easy to get started. With one click, you can create a slider, a carousel, or a carousel with text captions. The sample slideshows are available on the right side of the screen.
The MetaSlider Quick Start screen

The dropdown will give you four options to choose from. In this example, choose “Carousel Slideshow with Captions”, and then click the “Create a Slideshow” button.

Creating a new sample slideshow in MetaSlider

This next image shows the end result, which is a complete sample slideshow.

A new slideshow in MetaSlider

When you publish this slideshow on your site, using one of the many MetaSlider display options, this next image shows what you'll see. You will have a working carousel with text captions at the bottom of each image.

An image carousel in WordPress

If you want a video guide, this tutorial will help you start using MetaSlider:

Add More Image Slides to Your Slideshow

In the first part of this guide, we've shown how to create a slideshow with sample images. Now let's add your own images. We're going to add an Image Slide that can display an image, a caption, a URL link, and more.

  • Click the “Add Slide” button to launch the Media Manager.
Add a new image slide to MetaSlider
  • Select “Image” from the left.
  • You can either upload new images or select existing images from your Media Library to use as slides. You can even browse the “Unsplash Library” for free stock photos.
Add images from your media library to WordPress
  • Click the blue “Add To slideshow” button.
  • The Media Manager will close and the slides will be loaded into your slideshow.

The “General” tab lets you define the slide caption and URL. Check the “Open in a new window” setting box to force the link to open in a new browser window when clicked.

Settings for images slides in MetaSlider

The “SEO” tab lets you set an image title and alt text for your slide. The Title text should provide additional information about the slide, whereas the Alt text should be used to describe the image itself. This data allows search engines to ‘read' your slides and can help with search engine rankings.

You already have a carousel slideshow, thanks to the sample data we used earlier. This video will give you ideas for how you can customize the carousel further.

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