Best WordPress Slideshow Plugins for 2013

best wordpress slideshow plugins

The year 2013 has come and come the time to present you the best WordPress Slideshow plugins for the year 2013. The development of WordPress plugins is very dynamic and every day a lot of plugins are developed including the slideshow plugins. If you don’t have a slider  included in your theme then you can add one with the help of a plugin. A slideshow plugin will help you make your site more dynamic and more appealing for your visitors.

A WordPress slideshow plugin can help you include images and videos in it, the most of the slider are based on jQuery galleries and looks very good. On market exist free or premium WordPress slideshow plugins and in this article I will present you both of them so in case you don’t want to pay for a slider to have it here. I suggest you to go with a premium one because you have more features, it works better and the price is not that high.

Best Premium WordPress Slideshow Plugins

If you really want to have the best slider out there then for sure you need to chose a premium one. Below are the sliders that I consider the best in the year 2013. The sliders are not in order because is really hard to chose a number 1.

WordPress Accordion slideshow

Beautiful WordPress Accordion Slideshow will showcase your products or services in an impressive manner. A lot of cool features will help you adjust the slideshow to your web page.


Details | Price: 15 $

Nivo Slider WordPress plugin

The official Nivo Slider WordPress Plugin allows you to combine the beauty and elegance of the Nivo Slider with the robust and familiar content management of WordPress. Without touching any code you can create multiple sliders that can be included anywhere and customized using the familiar WordPress backend.


Details | Price: 19$ 

Slide Deck

Create SlideDecks using images, video, text and HTML. Our slide-by-slide editor makes creating SlideDecks easier than ever! You can even utilize our beautiful lenses to instantly change the look and feel of your SlideDeck.

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Details | Price: 49$


New RoyalSlider for WordPress is responsive image gallery and HTML content slider plugin with touch-swipe navigation. Plugin is mobile-friendly and allows creating completely custom slideshows and css3 banner rotators with images, videos or HTML content in slides. You can also dynamically populate data from Flickr, 500px, or featured posts of any post type – like WooCommerce products. Developed in best pracises of CSS3 and HTML5. For photo gallery you can enable vertical or horizontal thumbnails, enable lazy-loading or fullscreen. Carousel also supports YouTube or Vimeo videos that allows you to create video galleries.

royal-wordpress-touch-content-slideshowDetails | Price: 20$

Estro – jQuery Ken Burns slider

“Estro” meaning “creativity”, “talent” or “inspiration”, in Italian, is a fitting moniker for this beautiful slider. For the design of this slider we wanted to create a price of work which could form the centerpiece of your next web project. A starting point, who?s design and execution would inspire you and supercharge your own work.


Details | Price:20$

Lightbox Evolution for WordPress

Lightbox Evolution is a tool for displaying images, html content, maps, and videos in a “lightbox” style that floats overtop of web page. Using Lightbox Evolution, website authors can showcase a wide assortment of media in all major browsers without navigating users away from the linking page.

lightbox-revolution-wordpress-pluginDetails | Price: 18$

LayerSlider WP

LayerSlider is the favorite parallax effect slider of the World. It is highly customizable and it has a stunning admin user interface. With more, than 7000 happy customers behind us you will exactly get what you need: a powerful WordPress slider plugin with a lot of features, fast support and free updates!

LayerSlider WPDetails | Price: 15$

Paradigm Slider

A combination of Parallax Effect, state-of-the-art Slider and Text Animations defines this slider.Customize unlimited sliders with our own Drag&Drop Slider Editor to your very needs.  Give each slider a parallax caption to transport your message.

Touch swipe for iOS and Android mobile devices is of course included. So it works on every modern browser (including IE7 /8) and on mobile devices.

ParadigmDetails | Price: 15$

3D Content Slider

F3D WordPress Slider is based on jQuery Featured 3D Slider plugin that converts static HTML content into a 3D stage with smoothly moving objects. It is very easy to integrate it in a WordPress theme. Slides are just wrappers of whatever HTML content you can imagine – images, captions, links, buttons, icons.. Even video embeds. Featured 3D is highly configurable. More than one sliders can be initiated on a single page, each one with its own configuration set of options. Please, check the live preview of this slider.

3D Content Slider

Details | Price: 15$

WordPress 360º Image Slider

The WP 360 º Image Slider is a highly configurable plugin that adds slider functionality to your posts or pages.

Wordpress 360ºDetails | Price: 10$

Best Free WordPress Slideshow Plugins

In case you don’t want to pay money on your WordPress slideshow plugin then the best choice will be to chose from one below. Most of them are good and can satisfy most of the needs that you have. Please see the below best free WordPress slideshow plugins:

SlideDeck 2 Lite

Create responsive content sliders on your WordPress blogging platform. Manage SlideDeck content and insert them into templates and posts.

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vSlider is a Jquery based image slider plugin for WordPress, which can be used as Header slider, image rotator, image gallery and slideshows.





Nivo Slider

This plugin creates a Slideshow/Slider with post thumbnails in your posts configured for a particular category of your wordpress. It is entirely written in jQuery (following the pattern of my other plugins).

It can be integrated anywhere on your Blog/Website. The WP Nivo Slider shows your chosen Blog Posts from a specific Category.



Slideshow Gallery

Feature content in beatiful and fast JavaScript powered slideshow gallery showcases on your WordPress website.

You can easily display multiple galleries throughout your WordPress website displaying your custom added slides, slide galleries or showing slides from WordPress posts/pages.

The slideshow is flexible, all aspects can easily be configured and embedding/hardcoding the slideshow gallery is a breeze



NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of any kind, with over 6 million downloads.


This was the article with all the best WordPress slideshow plugins for the year 2013, hopefully the selection from here it will help you create the perfect site. If you have other slideshow plugins please share them with us.


  1. says

    Wow these are some impressive plugins I didn’t think I needed to look more into these but now I know I have to. What I am using is really sub-par compared to some of these.

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