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The best WordPress gallery and slideshow plugins

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Finding the right WordPress gallery plugin or slideshow tool for your site can be tricky. There are so many options out there – what makes some stand out above the rest?

It really all depends on whatever your specific site needs are. Some options may have just the right functionality, others might be easy enough for clients to update, and others might have the advanced customization options you’re looking for. It’s hard to pick just one great plugin, so I’ve created a list of 16 great options, split into WordPress slideshow plugins and gallery plugins. Which one will you download first?

The best WordPress slideshow plugins:

Master Slider

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If you’re worried about SEO or interactive slider options, you ought to try Master Slider. This touch-and-drag-enabled plugin is great for dynamic and responsive sites. You don’t have to lose functionality with this plugin, and if you fall in love, you might want to learn more about the Pro version.

Meta Slider

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The free version of this slideshow plugin offers four display options. It works great on a variety of types of sites, including WordPress multisite. And if you run into any issues, they’ve got a stellar support team ready to help you out.

Meteor Slides

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Whether you want to use shortcodes, widgets, or template tags, you will love using Meteor Slides. It has various languages, programming options, styles, and more. This simple and streamlined plugin might be just what you’re looking for.

Slider by Soliloquy

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The add-ons and extensions for this slider plugin are what really set it apart. Soliloquy made this slider perfect for PDFs, WooCommerce items, Pinterest, videos, Instagram posts, and more. Not sure if it’s right for you yet? Try the demos listed on the plugin page.

Slider by Supsystic

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This first slider covers all the basics and has intuitive WordPress formatting. Not to mention, it’s perfect for global users and collaborators with a variety of languages, support, and other plugins.

This is a free plugin, but there is a pro version with even more features.

Slider WD

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This sleek and responsive slider has tons of options for you to customize to your liking. You can download and install the free version or check out WordPress Slider Pro for even more features. There’s also a list of demo sliders you can download, making it super easy to test it out on your own site!

Slideshow

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This slideshow plugin by Stefan Boonstra allows you to customize the look and information surrounding your slider. Add dates, captions, titles, and more. Plus, you can create as many slideshows with as many slides as you want, making it the perfect (free!) solution for anyone with lots of media to share.

Smart Slider 3

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Smart Slider 3 has 4.9 out of 5 stars for a reason. Users love it, and the support is great. This is perfect for hero imagery and headers as well as media galleries. You can also preview all their sliders here to help you decide which is one is the best for your sites.

Want to learn how to create a WordPress video gallery? We have the guide to get you started!

The best WordPress photo gallery plugins

Envira Gallery

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This versatile gallery is perfect for designers, developers, photographers, marketers, and more. It’s also great that they’re mobile friendly – perfect for anyone with a client base on the go. Be sure to check out all the extension options as well!

Foo Gallery

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With a bit of an Instagram-vibe, Foo Gallery is perfect for everyone who wants to customize their gallery and add various extensions. The list is long and full of options for you! Not to mention there’s a demo for almost everything – perfect to try before you download the plugin.

Gallery Box

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If you’re looking for a gallery plugin that does it all – I’m talking Vimeo, YouTube, images, Soundcloud, and more – try Gallery Box. This intuitive tool lets you copy and paste a shortcode to your created galleries to keep your posts and pages short, sweet, and simple.

Gallery by WP Ape

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Take a second to check out Gallery’s extensive list of features, demos, and effects. This plugin beautifully organizes your images and videos for your website, and has a large variety of layouts and display options.

Justified Gallery

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Justified Gallery is just what it sounds – a gallery plugin with beautifully organized, justified displays. The responsiveness and layout is sleek and modern, and will look perfect on any minimal site design. Be sure to check out their demo site for a great preview.

Photo Gallery by WD

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This is the second WD plugin on our list, and for good reason. The instinctual nature and available add-ons definitely set this gallery apart from others. Their list of features seems a mile long, but if that’s still not enough for you, try Photo Gallery Pro.

Photonic Gallery

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If you’re trying to pull content from various social media platforms and websites, you need to try Photonic Gallery. Link your Flickr, Zenfolio, Instagram, and more. It pulls images from your accounts and allows you to lay them out beautifully in various ways.

Portfolio Gallery

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Looking for a great way to show off your latest work? This gallery plugin is perfect for your design or photography portfolio website. The extensive description and details page breaks it all down perfectly. Ready to give it a try?

Now that you’ve seen my 16 favorite WordPress gallery and slideshow plugins, which are you going to try first? What other slideshow and gallery plugins do you use?  Comment your favorites below!

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Comments ( 3 )

  1. Bart De Vuyst

    October 30, 2017

    A list of favorite JavaScript galleries would be nice too; for us Wordpress developers that don’t rely on Wordpress plugins. ?

    • Morgan Smith

      October 31, 2017

      Great idea, Bart! I'll get our team of writers on it :)

  2. Kyle

    February 27, 2018

    I used flickety.js incorporated into my custom theme. It has its constraints, but it works really well for my purpose!

  3. B. Frances

    April 3, 2018

    Nice collection Britt! All these are really amazing WordPress plugins to use in one's website.
    You can check out another best WordPress slider plugin 'Avartan Slider Lite'. It will help you to make your slider more stunning with effective animation and transition. It has many great features that will give a eye-catching look to your website. For more features visit: https://goo.gl/Vka7GB

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