Comparative among slider plugins

Looking for a slider plugin to install, I have finished making this comparison among different plugins. Let’s see the strengths and weaknesses of these following Gutenberg compatible plugins: Master Slider, MetaSlider, Smart Slider 3 and Ben’s Slider.

You can use any of them without writing a line of code. These plugins – except Ben’s Slider – also give developers the option to optimize resources according to their objectives.

Master Slider

Master Slider developed by Averta is promoted as the responsive image and video slider which works on the main devices and also with any theme. According to the average rating (4.4 out of 5 stars) seems it is very well considered by users.
It offers a series of templates for the PRO version. We can find a very useful feature within this section for those who are thinking of opening an online store.
Master Slider offers Showcase with Hotspots sample sliders for those who do not want to use WooCommerce sliders. This option is an easy and quick solution to display the products of a store with all the necessary information: image, description, price and purchase button. There is a wide range of templates to choose the one that comes closest to your goal.

Master Slider works with any theme.

Main features:

  • Interface easy to use.
  • Drag and drop style editor to order the slides.
  • Real-time preview.
  • Touch Swipe Navigation.
  • 6+ Interactive Transitions.
  • Parallax Effect.
  • Hotspots

Pro version:

  • SEO friendly.
  • Animated Layers.
  • Sharing services with Youtube and Vimeo.
  • Woocommerce product slider.
  • Facebook Slider.
  • Flickr Slider.
  • Post Slider.

Master Slider offers many more features that you can see all in this link.

MetaSlider

MetaSlider (version 3.11.0) presents the new interface on the easy and intuitive plugin start page.
This plugin also create responsive and SEO optimized slideshows but it stands out for including four different slideshow libraries:

  • Flex Slider 2 – responsive, 2 transition effects, carousel mode. Compatibility with Video, Youtube and Layer Slides.
  • Responsive Slides – responsive & incredibly lightweight. Compatibility with Video, Youtube and Layer Slides.
  • Nivo Slider – responsive, 16 transition effects.
  • Coin Slider – 4 transition effects.

MetaSlider interface:

MetaSlider interface

MetaSlider is customizable for developers and compatible with WooCommerce, Events Calendar and translation plugins such as WPML, PolyLang & qTranslate for works in different languages.

Developers have the option of having hooks and filters available to change some default data in WordPress. If you need to change the style but you are not a developer, don’t panic! MetaSlider Pro includes a live theme editor to make it.

Pro version:

  • Scheduled Slider is the latest launch. This feature allows the schedule exactly when a slider will be displayed on the website.
  • Animated Layer Slides.
  • Thumbnail Navigation.
  • Post feed Slides.
  • Video Slides.

MetaSlider offers quite complete documentation page.

Smart Slider 3

Smart Slider 3 developed by Nextend is the visual interface more complete to create and design the slider. The dashboard may seem to be very complicated because it offers many options but it is clean and easy to work.
The great number of items make the plugin an application in itself.
It is recommended to adjust the General Settings before creating the slider. You’ll find them in the upper right part of the screen. It is full of features to set the responsive mode, the framework settings, content layers, fonts configuration and style settings.

Main features:

A feature to note is that you can create a Hero Slider as a site presentation. It is a great solution to integrate navigation, call to action button and beautiful images that make sense to your site.

Pro version:

  • Carousel slider.
  • Highlighted and animated heading.
  • Full page slider.
  • Parallax effect.
  • WooCommerce slider.

Ben’s Slider

Ben’s Slider developed by Ben Greene. It is the simplest slider plugins concerning these post. It is recommended for those users who are not developers and just need a plain slider plugin. Ben’s Slider works very well but don’t expect miracles. As the description explains, there are two Gutenberg blocks to work within the block dashboard:

  • slider container. settings for the Container block
  • slider block. This is a section for adding media items and text blocks.