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10 Beautiful, Free Content Sliders

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Web Marketing Today. Practical Ecommerce acquired Web Marketing Today in 2012. In 2016, we merged the two sites, leaving Practical Ecommerce as the successor.

One of the biggest challenges in web design is presenting lots of information in a limited space. Content sliders help solve this problem.

While content sliders can be used for navigation or for displaying multiple products in one place, they are commonly used on website home pages. Sites like Hulu, MSN, and Disney — and, Web Marketing Today — all use content sliders to display information on the home page.

Content sliders often include different features and configurable options. Depending on the content you intend to display, one slider might be better suited than another. Here are ten beautiful content sliders. All are free.

Nivo Slider

The Nivo Slider

The Nivo Slider is a WordPress plugin and jQuery image slider with nifty features. Not only is the Nivo slider fully responsive to changing screen resolutions, it comes with HTML caption support, 16 image transition effects, and three preconfigured themes. While the jQuery version is “free to use and abuse under the MIT license,” the WordPress plugin has pricing options from $19 to $99.



SlidesJS is a beautiful little content slider. SlidesJS runs on jQuery and is simple enough for novice developers, while also offering advanced options for more seasoned ones.



FlexSlider is free by WooThemes and is a fantastic, fully responsive jQuery slider. Flexslider supports full HTML slides as well as Vimeo video slides and even supports touch swipes.



DualSlider is, well, a dual-slider. DualSlider presents slide content on one side and a correlating HTML slide on the other. Both the content and HTML description slides can be customized to use different transition and the content slide can display both images and Vimeo videos.

Elastic Slider

Elastic Slider

The Elastic Slider is a nifty responsive jQuery slider with thumbnail previews. The Elastic Slider is also presented with a full tutorial on how to build it, or you can just download the source code.



Blueberry is an open source jQuery slider built with smartphones in mind, designed specifically to work with fluid, responsive web layouts. Blueberry is an “experimental” slider and a few kinks are still being worked out.



While Orbit was recently moved to the Foundation framework, you can still use this great slider in an older, standalone kit. Orbit has lots of options for HTML captions, layout, and thumbnails.



Similar to DualSlider, Slidorion has two sides to it. One side contains images and HTML content, while the other side contains HTML supported navigation. Both sides of Slidorion can be animated and there is plenty of room for placing information.



Sequence is a content slider that prides itself on not having a default theme — providing lots of customization options. Sequence uses unique CSS3 transitions while gracefully degrading to accommodate older browsers. Sequence also supports swiping on touch devices, as well as  parallax scrolling, where images on a screen move at different speeds.



AnythingSlider lives up to its name by allowing full HTML content panels. This means AnythingSlider can include images, YouTube videos, links, and more.

Free Sliders, Paid Sliders, or DIY Sliders?

All the content sliders listed above are free. However, if you are looking for more features or additional documentation, there are a number of great premium sliders you can purchase. Code Canyon, for example, has many affordable content sliders with many additional features and support.

Another option is to build your own, if you are familiar with code. There are plenty of great tutorials on creating your own content slider, or you could try customizing one of the free ones listed above. Whatever method you choose, if you are looking to display a lot of information in a limited space, you should consider content sliders.

Drew Coffin

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  1. Balazs October 3, 2012 Reply

    Great article, thnx!

  2. Lee Duddell October 9, 2012 Reply

    Use content sliders with caution. They are not liked by users who find them frustrating. Find out why here:

  3. Brian May 15, 2013 Reply

    Good read, I am constantly using the nivo slider, but have stepped my game up with the revolution and layer slider, which are great for layering items.

  4. aliceli September 11, 2013 Reply

    Thank you, great collection…

    I also found this one very useful online slideshow creator (based on jQuery) and it’s totally free:

    It also supports ken burns effect…

  5. SEO Fuel October 21, 2014 Reply

    Nice write up Drew. Nivo and Flexslider are pretty much used in many of our designs to show off the clients main products or services. Here we use it on our own company web page:

  6. donny November 22, 2014 Reply

    Good read, I am constantly using the nivo slider

  7. Urbie June 26, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, Drew.

    There has been a shift away from content sliders in the last few years, as you are probably aware. According to SEO experts they are often not the most effective way to convey a message to users or customers. However, they do remain popular and can be effective when used in the ‘right’ context.

    I’ve used and liked some of the sliders you have reviewed above. I thought this online slider generator was interesting:

    It generates the code, which you can download then modify if needed.

    All the best!

  8. Brad Bush April 21, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for sharing an amazing collection of WordPress Plugin. I hate it when I see several Slider Plugins I fancy. It’s hard making the choice! I would like you to take a look at one amazing Slider Plugin named Avartan Slider, Have a look at:

  9. For Sites June 15, 2016 Reply

    Great article, great collection. If you like this another content slider you can add to your site. .