Amit is a web developer and writer turned digital entrepreneur. He loves writing on technology, social media, and self-improvement.
In this WordPress tutorial, I am going to share the best way to create a slider in your WordPress website. This way is completely free.
You just need to install a plugin in your system and you are good to go.
So without taking much of your time, let's get involved.
Step-1 Install the Plugin
First of all, you need to install a free plugin called Smart Slider 3. To do so, head over to WordPress dashboard and click Plugins and then Add New.
After this, search for the plugin by typing the name in the search bar. Once you find it, click on Install and then Activate the plugin.
Step-2 Smart Slider Item
As soon as you activate the plugin, you will see that a new item called Smart Slider has been added to your dashboard.
To create a slider, click on this item and open it. Once it opens, you will see the next window like this.
To create your new slider, click on the green box - New Project.
On clicking you will be asked how you want to create the slider. So now your next step is to click on Start with a Template button.
After this, you will be taken to a new page where you will be able to select your design.
Once you click on it, you now have various designs in front of your eyes. Here you have to select a template that you like the most.
If you want to see what it will look like after adding to your website, just click on the template and you will be taken to a demo page. On this page, you can think whether you want to add it or choose a new one.
Here you can choose according to your needs.
After selecting your template click the Import button and you will be re-directed to the plugin's dashboard again.
Step-3 Add Slider to Your Website
After selecting the desired template, go to the WordPress dashboard and click Page > Home.
Once you click on it, you'll be taken to the Elementor's editor, where you usually edit or design your sections.
The next step is to add a new section by clicking on the + icon. Now you will see that an element has been added to your website called Smart Slider. Now drag the smart slider element to the section where you want to add the slider template.
As you drag this element into the header section, a pop-up window will open in front of you like this.
Now select the template you want to add and click on the Insert button. After this, the slider template will be added to your website.
Now press the Update button to save this slider. After this, refresh your front-end and you will see that the slider has been added to your existing website.
If you want to change it, you can change it by choosing a new template.
In this way you can easily add sliders to your WordPress website.
About the Plugin
You may face some designing issues after adding the slider to your website. If you find that the slider does not look right and it does not match your existing design. You can then change its setting how you want it to appear.
If you want to choose a new one, you are in control.
Smart Slider 3 is a free plugin and offering its services very surprisingly. At the starting point, you may not like it but as soon as you understand its features, you will fall in love with this plugin.
In this WordPress guide, I have shown how easily you can create a slider in your WordPress website. With just a few clicks, you can do it effectively.
You will need to change some settings such as links, images, text, and buttons of the sliders. I would advise you not to use the dummy data that they provide with the template.
Kindly use your actual data and links to entertain your audience.
In the template section, there are many ready-made sliders are available both free and paid. It is entirely up to you how you use this plugin.
In this article, I have added a free template to my website in order to make you understand.
During the designing process, if you face some issues, you can reach out to me.
Just leave a comment and I'll be there for you.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Amit Masih
Amit Masih (author) from Jaipur, India on January 08, 2021:
I am so grateful to you that you like reading my articles. I would like to take a moment and say thank you wholeheartedly.
Preeti Shah from Delhi on January 08, 2021:
Very nice information, Amit.
I really like your easy to understand style of writing.
Learned a lot by reading your articles.