Let's be honest—sliders are fun. A little bit of movement can really bring a page to life.
Sliders—also known as "carousels" or "image sliders"—are interactive elements for showing images or other media in a web page.
Take a look at these 20 useful jQuery sliders from Envato Market and you'll see there's more to sliders than you might have imagined.
Having a touch-friendly and responsive slider for your website is more important now than ever before, and RoyalSlider is both.
Developed with HTML5 and CSS3 best practices, it's a solid choice.
Here are a few of the other royally cool features:
I think the best feature is the modular architecture that gives devs the option to exclude what they don't need from the main JS file, keeping things as lean as possible.
It's not easy to be "revolutionary" in the slider space. There are only so many options you can make available when it comes to sliders, but the Slider Revolution does a great job trying.
When it comes to jQuery sliders, this one delivers on just about everything you'll want.
The list of features for this slider is long, so I'll just hit the high points:
The ability to drop in an image, video player embed, and social media source makes Slider Revolution one of the most flexible and customizable options you'll find.
The name doesn't do this jQuery slider justice. Its 200+ 2D and 3D slide transitions will turn some heads.
Some of the notable features include:
Like the previous slider, you can drop in just about any content—even HTML5 self-hosted multimedia content.
The LayerSlider brings a lot of action to the slider space and is downright handsome.
The jQuery Banner Rotator / Slideshow slider is a straightforward solution. It's simple without sacrificing essentials.
While the jQuery Banner Rotator / Slideshow is basic compared to other jQuery sliders, it should not be overlooked if you want a simple, clean interface.
Every slider comes to market with its own unique perspective and provides a solution to whatever slider niche is being targeted.
But not this one.
The All In One Slider Responsive jQuery Slider Plugin is... well... all in one.
I think most web devs and designers have a go-to solution, but at the same time are always on the lookout for something new.
This just might be that something new as it includes:
And all of these slider styles include most—if not all—of the features needed in a jQuery slider.
Will the All In One Slider Responsive jQuery Slider Plugin be your all-in-one slider solution?
If your slider isn't touch-enabled and responsive, you're not doing it right.
The UnoSlider does it right.
This slider finds its sweet spot between simple and feature rich.
The feature set leans more towards design and style, making the UnoSlider a great content slider to theme.
Looking for one jQuery slider to rule them all?
Try the Master Slider on for size...
When it comes to good looks, this one is in the upper echelon:
The interactive transitions, animated layers, and hotspots will really catch your eye.
The Master Slider collection is a masterpiece.
TouchCarousel touts "free support and upgrades", but there's a lot more to this lightweight carousel-style jQuery slider.
With "touch" in the name, it's obviously fully responsive and supports touch navigation.
Other features include:
However, TouchCarousel takes mobile to a whole new level with its unique physics-based scrolling.
A jQuery slider isn't just for the web. It can also be useful when integrated into applications, just like you can do with the Advanced Slider.
Using HTML markup or XML, this advanced slider packs a lot of punch:
The best feature, however, has got to be the Advanced Slider API—making it the perfect slider solution for your application.
This is one of those jQuery sliders that makes you visit the demo before you start reading about the features, because you want to know what the heck "zoom in/out effect" even means.
While the effect is fairly slight, the zoom effect in a slider adds a nice touch in a world wide web full of static image sliders.
This slick slider's features include:
While most sliders try to deliver many effects in one package, the jQuery Slider Zoom In/Out Effect Fully Responsive slider delivers the Ken Burns effect and delivers it well.
Content Timeline is a beautifully designed and powerful slider—a perfect solution for timelines.
From desktop to mobile, timelines have never looked so good.
It's simple. Take your content, sort it by the date, call the function, and that's it!
With seven embedded script control methods and included easing effects, Content Timeline is one of the best timeline sliders you'll find.
The Sexy Slider isn't nearly as sexy as it used to be, but it has aged well, making it a trustworthy solution.
It's not very impressive at first blush, but with some fine-tuning, this flexible jQuery slider can be configured to fit your design perfectly.
Sexy Slider is just waiting for you to unlock its power and discover its full potential.
The Master Slider jQuery Slider Plugin with Visual Builder makes building a slider a snap—without sacrificing good looks.
This premium image and content slider offers some really nice hardware-accelerated transitions that will surely catch your eye.
Master Slider jQuery Slider Plugin with Visual Builder is fully customizable, SEO friendly, and also supports videos. And of course, the most obvious: a visual builder.
Most jQuery slider plugins include some sort of design chrome, and while you can configure it to your liking, sometimes you just want to keep everything contained within the slide itself.
Enter the Translucent slider.
There are a lot of presets, so all you'll need to do is configure it and go!
Like others, it's touch-friendly, responsive, and leverages hardware acceleration.
Translucent is a minimal slider design that does a great job pushing the content to the front.
Looking for an accordion slider? Then Unleash is what you want!
Packed with features, this beautiful slider is one of the best accordion sliders you'll find.
Unleash the Unleash jQuery responsive accordion slider.
AviaSlider is another good-looking slider that includes some really nice effects.
This easy-to-use jQuery slideshow plugin includes eight predefined transitions, but you can create more.
Some other features include:
AviaSlider packs a punch, despite the packed version weighing in at only 8kb.
With Slider Evolution, you can create an unlimited number of sliders, each with customized settings, to be placed anywhere on your website.
jQuery sliders don't get much lighter than this.
Using only 3kb to load, Accordionza is a super lightweight accordion slider option.
And if you don't like the three included styles, you can tweak the HTML and CSS of this flexible accordion.
Keep in mind that Accordionza can display many kinds of mixed content, making it an excellent choice for a flexible, go-to accordion slider option.
The mightySlider is mighty indeed.
You can use it not only as a simple image slider, but also as a full one-directional slider with item-based navigation—making for a nice one-page website design.
You'll find plenty of options under the hood:
The API is powerful and developer-friendly, adding to the many ways it can be used.
With its clean and well-commented code, the mightySlider is an excellent, forward-thinking jQuery slider.
The Parallax Slider works like the jQuery Responsive OneByOne Slider Plugin, allowing you to animate each layer separately within a particular slide.
You can do this with multiple slides, or even just one slide, adding some compelling parallax animation to your website.
This comes with four different types of sliders, all offering the same animated, parallax effect.
Like many other jQuery sliders, it also includes:
Animated layers are not limited to text and images either. You can also include YouTube, Vimeo, and HTML5 video.
The Parallax Slider is another fine example of how Flash-like effects can be executed better than Flash—and be supported across all devices.
It's interesting to see how the jQuery slider has evolved from something that just transitioned from one image to the next, into a broad range of creative tools. We see sliders that are 3D, parallax, full page, and are fully responsive and viewable on the desktop or smartphone.
If you didn't find a jQuery slider you liked in this list, you could always take an Envato Tuts+ jQuery Code Tutorial and develop something completely new and unique. Otherwise, dig through the many other great jQuery sliders on Envato Market—there are plenty to choose from.
What's your favorite jQuery slider and why?