create an image slider

Although there are innumerable ways to keep your website visitors hooked, however, there is a possibility of not every other technique proving out to be effective. When it comes to enhancing the looks of your WordPress website, surely, you can add several elements to it, like learning to create an image slider.

However, you must make sure that these elements are competent enough to grab your visitors’ attention instantly or not. When you have got a lot of space on your website, filling it up with worthwhile elements can be a bit tricky.

Luckily, image sliders have turned out to be a space-saving and an eye-catching element to promote services, display products, and provide brand information to visitors. If you have never displayed a slider before, here is how you can do it on your WordPress website. However, before diving into this phase, here is something else that you should know about image sliders.

How Easy Is It to Add A Simple Image Slider in WordPress?

When it comes to customizing a WordPress website or setting up a new blog, the job is quite easier, thanks to plenty of themes and plugins available out there. Similarly, as far as creating a simple image slider in the website is concerned, you would not have to worry about the time or effort consumption.

All you need is one good plugin, and the process will be nothing but simpler for you. However, you must ensure that the plugin you are selecting is proficient and supports all kinds of features you may require for your image slider.

 

How to Choose an Image Slider Plugin for WordPress?

 

There are tons of plugins that you can grab out there. However, if only you know the prerequisites, you’d be able to choose the best one. So, here are a few features that should be there in a slider plugin.

  • Responsiveness:

The plugin should be responsive enough if you want to make the task easier. Of course, you’d want your website to display as smoothly on a mobile device as it would on a desktop, right? So, if you aren’t choosing a responsive WordPress plugin, things may go havoc for mobile users. Thus, before making a choice, ensure that the plugin runs good enough on small-screens.

  • Features Multiple Media:

You may definitely not want to rely just upon displaying images on your slider. While that’s the most that work these days, however, over the period of time, what if you’d want to experiment with media? In such a situation, you should be using such a plugin that supports different types of media, including videos, GIFs, blogs, texts, images, etc. One such plugin is Slide Deck that is capable of fulfilling all your requirements.

  • Easy Optimization:

One of the primary factors that you should be looking into a slider plugin is the ease of optimization. You wouldn’t want to regret later if you find out that there are very fewer chances to customize or tweak the slider that you want to put on your website, isn’t it? So, being cautious in this aspect is always recommended.

 

How to create an image slider in WordPress?

Now that you’ve selected a superior and effective plugin by following the aforementioned steps, it wouldn’t be too long to get an alluring image slider.

  • Install your slider plugin:

Once you have purchased your plugin, you can then download it to your system. Once the download has been completed, you can then upload the same file to your WordPress dashboard.

  • Uploading the Plugin:

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The next step is to log into the WordPress website and navigate to Plugins. There, you will see an option to Add New. And then, you can click upon Upload Plugin button. After that, click on the Choose File button and select the file of a plugin that you’d have downloaded. Once done, then click Install Now. Once the plugin is activated, you can use it to create an image slider.

  • Creating the Slider:

Visit the slider plugin menu on your WordPress dashboard and click on the option of Add new.

  • Customize the Slider:

And then comes the time to spread the magic with your imagination and creativity. Once everything is done, give your slider a unique title. Select the slider type and choose a perfect layout that would match your website’s theme.

You can even adjust the general settings if you want. Add media to your slider, and text if you want. Choose the location. And, hit the publish button. Viola! Your website is ready with an amazing looking slider.

 

Things that you must Keep in Mind:

Now that it is evident how easy it is to publish an image slider on the WordPress website, there are certain things that you must keep in mind to generate satisfactory results.

  • Optimize Images for Slider:

If your only intention is to keep the slider super-fast, then it’s quite important to optimize images before you put them to display. You must ensure that these pictures are correctly sized for the slider.

Generally, it is recommended not to upload any images that are of the size 4000px by 2000px while the slider only supports 1000px by 800px size of images. To optimize images, there are several tools that can prove out to be helpful.
Moreover, you can even find WordPress plugins to optimize the images as well as setting their quality to an up-to-the-mark level.

  • Keep the Duration Appropriate:

Your visitors are instantly going to abandon your website if the slider is taking too long to move or is very quick. Thus, you must keep the movement level at a certain time. Don’t keep it quick, and neither make it crawl. Only then you’ll be able to attract more customers towards it.

  • Appealing Content:

The entire intention of putting up an image slider in your WordPress website is to appeal to visitors. If you fail to do so, your efforts are going to go in vain. Hence, regardless of what you are putting on the slider, be it an image, text, or a video, keep the content intriguing and eye-catching. Also, make sure that the text is compelling enough for the visitors to take action right away.

 

Conclusion on how to create an image slider:

Of course, it is always recommended to test a few sliders before you choose the one to publish on your website. However, make sure your chosen one has appropriate features and ease-of-use. Don’t choose the one that appears out to be confusing and clunky.
Grab the one that prioritizes user experience and ensures that you wouldn’t take a lot of time to get the proper hang of how it is going to work so that you can easily assemble and customize it according to the requirements.

We’re thrilled to unveil new Premium Lenses with our latest plugin update! Now, all SlideDeck users can pick up additional Lenses from right inside the admin area, for as little as $9 each! 

Today, we’ve released 3 brand new Lenses for our Personal, Professional and Developer users, named Titles, Polarad and Leather. Each has been finely-curated by our design and development teams for specific scenarios that were raised by our users, ranging from showcasing your Instagram images to fitting in seamlessly with clean, minimalist WordPress themes.  We’ll delve into specific tricks and tips for each new Lens in upcoming posts, but for right now, check out the examples and screenshots below, or simply update your installation, and look for the new icons in the Lenses tab of the SlideDeck editing screen!

Be on the lookout for these Lens icons when you update!

If you’re a SlideDeck 2 Lite user, you can also get in on the Lenses fun, as we’ve made the Fashion, Half-Moon and Classic Lenses available to you for purchase inside the admin area too! Hit up our (newly redesigned) Examples page to see them and don’t be afraid to hop into our free live demo to create some sliders of your own!

Meet the New Lenses

“Titles”

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by Alix
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by Timur
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Inspiration by Fubiz.net

With a clean, minimalist look, Titles goes with everything – just like your favorite jeans. It’s best used with large, colorful imagery to provide a stimulating backdrop for each slide, and contrast with the bold title band.

Best used for: Featured post headers, minimalist themes, image & video content sources
Supports: Dynamic Content SlideDecks
Awesome feature you should know about: You can manually control the size of the thumbnails, and scale them up and down!

 

Try this Lens in our free live demo! »

“Polarad”

Images from Trey Ratcliff

Polarad is a supremely flexible Lens that brings back the halcyon days of your favorite instant camera. The nostalgia of aged polaroids, the fun of sharing photos and all of SlideDeck’s photo sources, this one has tons of applications all over your site. Show your photos one-by-one, side-by-side in multiple variants, or even stack ’em up!

Best used for: Sidebar/footer/in-post image galleries, image content sources
Supports: Dynamic Content SlideDecks
Awesome feature you should know about: Polarad is the first Lens we’ve ever created that can show multiple image slides at once!

Try this Lens in our free live demo! »

“Leather”

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Images from Pinterest user carrieshan

Leather contains gorgeous textures and a unique top-positioned navigation by default. It’s a flexible theme that can fit in with almost any ‘crafty’ or vintage-style site, and works with images, videos, or even mixed-content sources like RSS feeds.

Best used for: Sidebar/footer/in-post image galleries, vintage-style themes, image & video content sources
Supports: Dynamic Content and Custom Content SlideDecks
Awesome feature you should know about: Leather lets you configure the amount of skeuomorphic touches you show in your slider!

 

Try this Lens in our free live demo! »

FAQs

Now, I’m sure you’ve got questions, so we’ve taken the liberty of addressing a few of them right here:

I purchased a Lens – now how do I install it?
Easy! Once you’ve downloaded the .ZIP file of your Lens(es), just visit the “Lenses” screen in the plugin admin area, and click on the “Upload Lens” button in the top right. From there, you can upload the .ZIP file to your WordPress installation, and voilá! Your new Lens will be available for selection while you’re creating and editing your SlideDecks.

Do I need to purchase Premium Lenses for each website I use SlideDeck on?
Nope, it’s just a one-time purchase! You can use Premium Lenses with as many websites as you have SlideDeck Licenses for.

Does purchasing a Lens give me access to support and free updates?
No, support and certain free updates are only available to Personal, Professional and Developer tier SlideDeck users. If you need support, you should look into upgrading, though, it’s totally worth it!

Got more questions about Lenses? Check out our full FAQ section.

Remember, to get your hands on these Premium Lenses, simply update your SlideDeck 2 installation, and look for the new Lenses icons!

Be on the lookout for these Lens icons when you update!

This SlideDeck was created using the WordPress Plugin and a RSS feed from National Geographic.

Using the “Image Only, No Text” skin, the image is resized & cropped to fit within the deck dimensions. This style is best suited for WordPress sidebars and headers. SlideDeck also caches the feed for a specified time to keep your site snappy!