Smart Slider 3 plugin review

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4.6

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GREAT PLUGIN!  I cannot stress the stellar usability and results enough.  I bought the Pro upgrade, which I have not used yet.  The free version is fully featured.  I don’t have time to detail.  Just try it.5 stars!!!!!
It is not difficult to setup – it is complex if you choose to customize.  It can be very complex or precise.

Smart Slider 3

See what’s new in Smart Slider 3.2

Smart Slider 3 is a brand new and intuitive WordPress plugin to create sliders which was never possible before with any free slider plugins. Smart Slider 3 has every feature what you can expect from a free slider plugin. Besides that Smart Slider gives you the tool to create YouTube and Vimeo slides, create slides from your WordPress posts, even more it has a complete easy-to-use slide editor with different layers. Don’t hesitate install the Smart Slider 3 and enjoy the next generation plugin experience!

Sample sliders | Tutorial videos | Docs | Support | PRO features

MOST POWERFUL FEATURES:

  • NEW: Content slide builder – Edit your slides as you used to in page builders. Drop layers after each other and structure them with rows and columns.
  • NEW: Slide library – Slide Library provides several pre-made slides to kickstart your work.
  • User-friendly Editor – Anyone can build with Smart Slider. The interface comes with drag&drop builder and live preview.
  • Totally integrated with WordPress – media manager, shortcode, widget, post permalinks, post editor
  • Totally responsive and touch friendly – Sliders can be enjoyed in any environment, be it a mobile, tablet or desktop.
  • Dynamic Slides – Available source: WordPress posts
  • Customizable controls – Arrows, Bullets, Autoplay, Bar, Thumbnails, Shadows
  • Slide backgrounds – 9 Super smooth background animations
  • Layers – Build unique design with 6 varied layers: Image, Heading, Text, Button, Vimeo, YouTube
  • Font and Style manager system – Change easily all the details that really matter in typography and style.
  • Sample sliders – 6 sliders to start

TESTIMONIALS

“If you need to create sliders or want a single image with subtle animations on your website Smart Slider 3 provides the solution, no matter what you want to accomplish. I can heartily recommend the free version. It already provides more functionality than any other slider plugin – even many premium ones.” – Daniel Pataki – premium.wpmudev.org

“Having tried more than a few WordPress slider plugins, both free and paid, I can honestly say that this is one of the best that I’ve ever tested… If you’re looking for a slider plugin for your WordPress website that will get you up and running quickly, but also has features that you can grow into, look no further.” – Daryn Collier – wpkube.com

“Since Smart Slider is free to use, I do not have to really stress how good a plugin it is because you can download it yourself and see for yourself. I highly recommend you all do this.” – Kevin Muldoon – kevinmuldoon.com

“This is a beautifully designed slider plugin with a very high level of polish to it, the admin area of it is great and very easy to use. This plugin can be used for much more than a simple slider – being able to create whole sections of your website.” – Oliver Dale – wplift.com

“Taking all this into consideration we can safely say that Smart Slider 3 is one of the top WordPress slider plugins around and should definitely be taken into consideration when choosing the next slider plugin to implement on your WordPress site.” – Mark Zahra – wpmayor.com

“I was actually blown away by the features and quality of the Smart Slider. They took an interesting approach with their sales model by letting you try the slider for free and then offering license options with more options and pre-built sliders for once you’re hooked on the product.” – WD&S – webdesignandsuch.com

FEATURES:

  • Slider creation with 3 presets: Default, Thumbnail – horizontal and Caption
  • Import and Export sliders
  • Intuitive slide creation: choose images, select WordPress Post or add YouTube and Vimeo url
  • Static slides
  • Dynamic slides – use different dynamic sources for the same slider
  • Bulk actions for slides – delete, duplicate, publish and unpublish
  • Export slider as HTML
  • Publish slider with shortcode, WordPress post editor or PHP
  • Touch Swipe, scroll, keyboard navigation
  • Auto and full-width responsive mode
  • Define responsive size by setting minimum and maximum slider height
  • Optimized for any screen sizes and touch devices
  • 4 Slide switching animations: Horizontal, Vertical, Fade and No animation
  • 9 Slide background animations: Scale to left, Zoom, Fade, Curtain to left, Puzzle, Scale to top, Scale to bottom, Curtain to bottom, Curtain to top
  • Autoplay configurations
  • Add different slider controls to your slider and change the styles and positions
  • Slider controls: Arrows, Bullets, Autoplay, Bar, Thumbnails, Shadows – design your own or use preset
  • SEO and script optimized
  • Hardware Accelerated 2D and 3D Transforms
  • Slide link: Choose your post or page to create permalinks
  • Slide background image with transparent color overlay
  • 5 Slide background image fill mode: Fill, Fit, Stretch, Center and Tile
  • 6 Layers: Image, Heading, Text, Button, Vimeo, YouTube
  • Visual slide editor with zoom and desktop, tablet and mobile modes
  • Advanced layer snap in visual slide editor
  • Adaptive layer font sizing
  • Layer aligning: left, center, right, top, middle, bottom
  • Layer sizing: fixed and auto adjusted
  • Layer cropping: visible, hidden and scroll
  • Hide layers on specific devices
  • Slide thumbnail image
  • Compatible with Page Builder by SiteOrigin, Visual composer and Elegant themes Divi editor

SUPPORT

Smart Slider 3 is a community-driven project that would not be the same without your feedback. If you have any problem or feature request for this plugin, please feel free to contact us!

SMART SLIDER 3 PRO FEATURES:

  • All sample sliders
  • Layer animation builder
  • Live Timeline
  • 9 extra layer types
  • 4 extra slider types
  • All generators for dynamic slides
  • Extra background animations (more than 54)
  • Built-in lightbox
  • Built-in image editor
  • Advanced controls and much more control presets
  • Ton of expert settings
  • Premium support
  • Full list of PRO features

USE-CASES FOR DYNAMIC SLIDE SOURCES IN FREE VERSION

  • WordPress Posts slider: WordPress posts in your slider by Category and Tag filter or only the specified posts.

USE-CASES FOR DYNAMIC SLIDE SOURCES IN PRO VERSION

  • WordPress Custom Posts slider: WordPress posts from custom post types in your slider by custom taxonomy filter or only the specified custom posts ex.: slider from your pages
  • WordPress Posts slider from MultiSite: posts from an other site from your MultiSite WordPress
  • WooCommerce slider from products: Woocommerce products in your slider by Category, Tag, Featured, In Stock and downloadable filter or only the specified products. Supported plugin: WooCommerce
  • WooCommerce slider from categories: displays the selected parent category’s child categories. Supported plugin: WooCommerce
  • NextGEN Gallery image slider: displays the images and related meta in slider from the selected source gallery. Supported plugin: NextGEN Gallery
  • Events slider: Events in your slider by Category and Tag filter. Supported plugins: All-in-One Event CalendarEvents Manager,The Events Calendar
  • Image slider: displays the images and related meta in slider from the selected source gallery. Supported plugin: Gallery by BestWebSoftGallery
  • 500px image slider from collection
  • Dribble image slider from shots and project
  • Twitter Tweet slider from your timeline
  • Facebook image slider from photos by your album
  • Facebook posts slider
  • Flickr image slider from photostream, album, photogallery and search
  • Images from folder on your server
  • Intagram image slider from your feed or a specified user
  • YouTube video slider by search term or playlist
  • Picasa image slider
  • Pinteres pin slider

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