Google Search has also been somewhat of a concern to developers who wish to use jQuery visual content plugins. That is because it takes a certain type of plugin to be fully compatible with the latest search standards, and for the visual content to be indexed in the first place. So when looking for the right plugin, it’s crucial to seek out features like flexibility and customization options, lightweight codebase and smoothness of content interaction, a responsive integration for all device and browser types, and an overall design quality that reflects the best and most dynamic User Interface elements available.
With hundreds of great plugins to choose from, we have selected a few that are using modern web design standards, are compatible with cross-browsers and cross-devices, have a significant community following behind them, as well as providing great documentations and support options for helping you to integrate these sliders and gallery plugins in the most convenient way possible. Many of the following sliders/slideshows are also fully compatible with your WordPress installations. They also provide separate plugins for that integration. We are open to suggestions for more jQuery sliders to be included in this list. We will eagerly await your suggestions in the comments!
Presentation widgets and apps are usually built using native programming languages as individual apps. But this time around, the Presentation Slideshow plugin is taking full use of jQuery and is bringing us a delicate plugin that will feel like a native application. Although traditional presentations utilize the keyboard functions for navigation, this particular library uses both keyboard and mouse interaction for full interaction scale. The codebase for this one is fairly straightforward. Thus, styling isn’t going to be much of a problem. Released by Claudia Romano on behalf of CodyHouse.
The team at CodyHouse is at the top of their game when it comes to modern and responsive jQuery plugins. Another creation of theirs include an animated SVG image slider that uses a traditional image sliding approach, with the amplification of SVG transition effects. Create stunning jQuery sliders and choose between three different SVG effects for transitioning images from one to the other. If you are having trouble getting this one to work, the comment section on the CodyHouse is a great place to begin your search for an answer.
jQuery sliders aren’t always about visual content. Sometimes, their functionality extends beyond the basic needs. Sliiide is one of those plugins that instead of helping you deal with visual content, it helps you to create interactive ‘sliding’ menu items in a variety of different ways. The default selection allows you to specify a sliding menu at the bottom, top, left and right sides of your pages. Such plugins can really help promote a variety of things, not only traditional menu items, but also social media buttons and profiles for free marketing promotion.
CodyHouse is really working hard to make the best of modern web technology. Already the third mention of these guys in our list, we are looking at another stunning SVG-optimized jQuery slider that uses animation to create beautiful slider effects. This one will work great for apps and website projects that need full-page slider options for web pages, or content alone. Upon setting up, the webmaster can specify different page items and link them out on the front-page. Then, the user can easily browse through the items through the amplification of a sliding webpage effect.
Zenith’s a fully responsive jQuery slider plugin that offers a variety of 4 different layouts and 7 interactive transition animations. It provides an infinite number of styling options, as well as full editing capabilities for creating your own slider alterations. You can choose from regular to full-width sliders, sliders with tabs and thumbnails, as well as testimonial sliders for use on your business websites. It’s these kinds of plugins that change the way we allow ourselves and our visitors to interact with our content. Zenith also offers modern content sliding options based on a selection of different elements. That way, you can talk about your apps and products in a very interactive way. Each point of a product can be discussed within a sliding element.
Zoom Slider is a completely new approach towards modern web design and element manipulation through animated sliding features. The main feature of Zoom Slider is the ability to browse through slides, but also to zoom-in on them to get more concise details. Each zoom-in brings about a new and modern webpage that you can use to showcase more details. Once you click the zoom icon, the zoom area as well as the page get scaled. This creates the illusion that the viewer is approaching the item. Furthermore, once the whole page is covered, some more details show up. The use of Dynamic.js and CSS3 transitions is what enables Zoom Slider to be so responsive and beautifully positioned.
jQuery Lens Slider offers two different libraries: one for ground-up website projects, and a separate plugin for WordPress users. The Lens Slider name signifies the ability to showcase a number of visual items within a single full-width widget, with the options to scroll through items and keep the other items within the sight of previous one — as can be seen in the snapshot. This library will greatly benefit wallpaper websites, and websites that need to display previously achieved work. It is good for freelancers and creatives who want to promote their work in a modern approach.
Bootstrap has not been a frequent name in our jQuery slider list so far, but Adobe WordPress guys are breaking this barrier by offer a unique slider plugin that uses an Ambilight effect to create the slider experience more personal, more appealing to a certain personality and/or crowd. The slider is fully responsive and uses a modifiable, automatic timer to flip through the specified slider items.
The last plugin from CodyHouse on our list goes by the name of simple Hero Slider. This plugin is built on top of the understanding that we wish to showcase our content as organize as possible, without taking up too much space above or below the fold. This ready-to-go slider comes with features like image and video backgrounds. It also comes with the ability to align text in a variety of ways. Instead of using simple navigation icons, it utilizes buttons that increase the overall slider engagement. The buttons provide an option to add text to help users better understand the next piece of content. This, in turn, encourages them to fully flip through the slider. Optimized for all browsers and devices.
The Super Simple Slider was built with one thing in mind: simplicity. While many sliders seem bloated with features and expandable options, Super Simple Slider is focused only on one thing. That is to give its users the ability to display sliding content without the extra fat. Showcase your visual content with the ability to add titles for each piece of content for an increased engagement rate.
Grid Slide library does what you would expect it to do. It provides the user with an option to display visual content in a grid. Thus, you can select a number of visual items and showcase them individually in a grid, and the user can easily select between the grid items and open them up within the slider. We can see this plugin having a lot of use for displaying product demos, for wallpaper websites who want to give its users the full preview of content before they click on it, and creatives who want to display as much of their work within a single page as possible.
When entering the Swiper homepage, it resembles the feel of Ionic Framework, and for good reasons. Swiper is the default component for slider capabilities within the Ionic Framework. It’s also the default slider for Framework7. Swiper’s a free-to-use touch slider for mobile devices. It uses hardware-optimized transition effects, and feels like a native integration within your iOS, Android, Windows and Desktop projects. Swiper will compliment mobile apps, mobile web applications, and mobile websites.
Moreover, Swiper uses a modern flexbox layout as its slides layout. This solves a lot of problems and saves time with size calculations. Such layout also allows you to configure Slides grid using pure CSS. Swiper also comes with very rich API, for you to create your own pagination, navigation buttons, create parallax effects and many more.
Jssor is possibly the oldest and the richest jQuery slider library on this list. With nearly 400 slide effects for captions to choose from, Jssor makes it easy to create responsive and mobile-optimized slides for every possible situation imaginable. You can use it for content sliding and for image sliding. There are both jQuery and no-jQuery versions available for large-scale projects. You can use Jssor in the real world with the help of more than 30 unique demo examples that the documentation has provided. It gives its users an opportunity to save time and productivity as they go.
Steven Wanderski’s slider project is one of the most recognized slider projects on GitHub, with more than 3,000 stars, and variety of forks by other developers. bxSlider will natively adapt to your favorite devices and browsers. It allows you to create slides out of visual content. You can also create dynamic slides using your own HTML5 content. For mobile devices, there’s a modern touch and swipe feature support for maximum engagement and usability. Slider animations are done using CSS3 transition modules. There’s an API to put you in full-control over the way the slider interacts with your pages. Lots of options for configuration and optimization, as well!
WooThemes is a household name in the WordPress community, and FlexSlider is gaining just as much momentum as the WooThemes’ main product, WooCommerce. FlexSlider uses a simple and semantic markup approach for making it easier for developers to integrate it in their projects and apps. Hardware acceleration enables for seamless swipe and touch effects, there’s a ton of support information within the documentation, and you can easily choose to use FlexSlider on your WordPress blog through a separate plugin. You won’t find a more modern jQuery gallery slider than this; we can vouch for that.
CSS-Tricks is home to thousands of designers and developers who wish to learn more about the capabilities and functionality of the latest CSS standards. This plugin compliments all that knowledge within a single slider package. AnythingSlider helps you create a slider out of anything, whether it’s visual content, or raw HTML content. It will also compliment any project that needs a slider for its content. You can fully style each individual slider through a separate style file, amongst hundreds of other features you can find on the official demo website.
Flickity is a touch friendly, fully responsive, clickable web and mobile gallery for the modern developer. Suitable for creating full-scale slideshows and galleries, Flickity’s modern design choices are what keeps developers coming back for more. Full use of HTML5 and CSS3 within this library.
Premium jQuery Slider and Gallery Plugins
Having explored the most prominent and successful free jQuery slider and gallery plugins, it is time we move on to slightly bigger guns: the premium plugins. Our selection is going to feature the best premium sliders from great developers who published their work on Codecanyon. The following plugins aren’t necessarily better than anything else we have featured so far. Although, they do promise a more support-oriented approach (which might be the most appealing factor of all). In total, these plugins have been purchased and downloaded several times. We will try and introduce each one the best way possible, but ultimately leave the final decision up to you.
3D is somewhat of a thing within the visual sphere on the web, but not as common as we would like it to be. Our first 3D-supported gallery slider plugin in this list is Theta Carousel. The responsive integration within Theta Caoursel allows for automated scaling capabilities for any device screen size. It’s truly flexible, allowing you to remain in charge of how the plugin flows, looks, feels, and interacts with the user. The in-built configuration panel makes it easier to understand what the plugin can do, as well as makes it much more easy to actually configure the plugin to your own liking. You can choose from a selection of predefined object moving parameters, or specify your own.
Slidea comes from the team at Pixobyte. It’s a fast and intuitive slider that uses the multi-purpose approach for creating interactive visual and web content slides. Simplicity is one of the key features for Slidea; it uses three different frameworks to achieve that goal: jQuery, Velocity, and Animus for creating spectacular animations effect. If you like motion design, you will enjoy what Slidea has to offer. Fully Touch compliant for mobile devices, offers Material Design capabilities (very rare still), you can create progress bars for your slides. You can even use responsive fonts to truly make the slider experience a remarkable one.
XProSlider is the professional bunch. While easy to configure, its feature list is quite limited. That is because the focus of XProSlider is quality, and ultimately, performance. You can use it as a standalone slider, a carousel, or a full-on gallery plugin to display all your visual content. The list of features is just too long for us to cover in full spectrum here. Therefore, we recommend you head over to the plugin’s sales page and explore it in its full glory. And it’s also good to explore the demos before making any decisions.
Cloud Slider offers features such as — Touch-Enabled, fully responsive, smooth animations, 3D and 2D transition effects, a choice of 18 pre-built styles, ability to setup unlimited carousels, video embeds, a powerful API, and all this on top of a high performance codebase that will tailor all the features together in a very scalable setting. We cannot think of a better plugin for those who are seeking the features we mention above.
Last but not least, we have UtilCarousel. It is a mobile and tablet optimized jQuery carousel library that uses hardware acceleration to provide smooth transition effects. There’s 3D transition support that will smoothly execute itself on mobile and desktop web experiences. There’s also Touch and Drag options for mobile users. You are in control of pagination and navigation items, with a choice of more than ten different template styles, and even a developer API for plugging this library into external website and application projects.