May 272014
Plugin version: 3.80.0
Last updated: May 9, 2024 (2 weeks ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 6.5.3
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Rating: 5 (out of 5)


With MetaSlider, you can create a powerful, SEO-optimized slider, slideshow, carousel, or gallery in minutes. MetaSlider is world’s #1 responsive WordPress slider plugin. MetaSlider is the best choice for image, photo, video (YouTube, Vimeo, local, and external), layer, WooCommerce product, and post feed sliders!

Introducing MetaSlider

With MetaSlider and MetaSlider Pro, WordPress’s most popular slider plugin, enhancing your blog or website couldn’t be easier! Simply select images, photos, videos and more from your WordPress Media Library, and drag-and-drop them into place. You can then set the slide captions, links, and SEO fields, and more.

MetaSlider slideshows, carousels, sliders and galleries are compatible with the WordPress Block Editor (Gutenberg), plus all page-builder plugins, from Elementor and Beaver Builder to Visual Composer and Divi.

Introducing MetaSlider Pro

If you’re looking for further customization, MetaSlider Pro offers even more powerful features.

  • YouTube and Vimeo video slides: Easily include responsive high definition YouTube and Vimeo videos in your slideshows.
  • Local Video slides: You can build beautiful slideshows with videos in your WordPress media library.
  • External Video slides: Create your slideshows with videos from almost any external service.
  • Layer slides: Create CSS3 animated HTML Layer slides using the built in drag-and-drop WYSIWYG editor.
  • Post Feed slides: Automatically show your latest blog posts, events or WooCommerce products in your slide show.
  • External URL slides: Display images directly from a non-WordPress sources such as CDNs or image hosts.
  • Slide scheduling and slide visibility: Pro customers can now schedule sliders to appear only within specific dates, times, and days of the week.
  • Custom Themes – build your own theme: MetaSlider now has stunning free slider themes for you to explore. With MetaSlider Pro, you can also build your own themes.
  • Thumbnail Navigation: Give your slideshows a gallery feel with customizable Thumbnail and Filmstrip Navigation.
  • Premium Support: Get fast access to our professional support team.

Image Sliders

This may be the most basic slide type, but it still makes a great impression on any website! Present your beautiful images to a stunning slider, slide show, carousel, or gallery. Image slides are a basic slide type included in Meta Slider. An image slide will display an image with a caption. You can optionally link the slide to a URL of your choice.

Add images to your slide shows directly from your WordPress media manager, add the captions you want, set SEO fields and adjust the settings to display the slideshow just how you like it. Take it further with MetaSlider Pro and use the Theme Editor to change the look of the navigation, the arrows, and the captions.

YouTube and Vimeo Video Sliders

With MetaSlider Pro you can easily include responsive high definition YouTube and Vimeo videos in your slider, slideshow, or carousel. A video slide will display a video in your slide show directly from Vimeo or YouTube. The video will automatically pause if the user skips to the next slide.

Simply add the URL of your video to a YouTube or Vimeo slide and MetaSlider will add it to your slider, slideshow, or carousel. Either create a slide show full of you favourite videos or mix it in between slides of other types to get just the result that you want.

If you select the FlexSlider option with video slides you can take advantage of MetaSliders play/pause functionality. This means that you can have your slideshow autoplay but will pause when you set a video to play and carry on once the video has finished. You could even have the slider or slide show autoplay to give you a smooth, completely automatic presentation!

Local and External Video Sliders

External and Local Video Slides are included in MetaSlider Pro. With Local Video Slides you can build beautiful slideshows with videos in your WordPress media library. With External Video Slides you can created slideshows with videos hosted outside of your WordPress site.

Both External and Local Videos slides will display your MP4, WebM, and MOV videos with cover images, auto play, mute, lazy load, the ability to hide controls, and much more.

It is possible to add video captions to both External Internal Video Slides created with MetaSlider Pro. This feature uses VTT files to add captions. There is a “CC” button in the toolbar that viewers can use to control the captions.

Post Feed Sliders

With MetaSlider Pro you can create Post Feed slides to automatically show your latest content, blog posts, events or WooCommerce products in your slider, slide show, or carousel. MetaSlider Post Feed slides dynamically pull in slides based on your WordPress posts, using the featured image as the slide. They are also commonly known as “Content Sliders”, “Featured Sliders”, “Post Sliders” or “Dynamic Sliders”.

The Post Feed slide settings allow you to control which post types you want to display, the order to display them in and to restrict the posts to certain tags or categories. You can customise the caption template with a selection of template tags including {title}, {excerpt}, {author} and {date}. As with all our other slide types a Post Feed slide can appear in combination with any other slide type.

Post Feed slides can be used to show one post at a time but they work particularly well in carousel mode (as above) allowing you to show off a large number of your latest posts in a small amount of space.

Animated Layer Sliders

With MetaSlider Pro you can create animated Layer Slides for your slider, slideshow, or carousel. You can use the built in drag-and-drop editor to create CSS3 animated HTML Layer slides. MetaSlider Layer Slides are ideal for easily creating eye catching slider presentations and slideshows that use stunning effects with 50 animation options and a beautiful, easy to use interface. Layers can include text, html, images, photos, videos and even shortcodes! Layer Slide users also benefit from additional optimization and customization options, including using a video as the slide background and adjusting the padding and background color of each layer.

External URL Sliders

With MetaSlider Pro you can create External URL Slides to load images for your slider, slideshow, or carousel directly from non-WordPress sources, for example CDN’s or image hosts.

More Great MetaSlider Features

Optimized for Speed

MetaSlider is fast. Only the minimum JavaScript/CSS is included on your page to power your slider, slideshow, carousel, or gallery. We have optimized the Meta Slider plugin so that your images, photos, videos (YouTube and Vimeo), layers, products, and post feeds, load quickly without slowing down your website visitors’ experience.

Unsplash Integration

MetaSlider is integrated with Unsplash to access free images and photos via for your slider, slideshow, carousel, and gallery. Finding the right image or photo can be the hardest part of creating a compelling slider, slide show, carousel, or gallery, and MetaSlider makes this process easy for you by never leaving your WordPress plugin interface.

Responsive and SEO-optimized

MetaSlider is a responsive, SEO-optimized WordPress plugin that lets you create a slider, slideshow, carousel, and gallery in seconds.

Your MetaSlider responsive slider, slideshow, carousel, or gallery will adapt to the width of the device they’re being displayed on, including desktop, mobile or tablet. The content will be responsive regardless of the type of content you use: image, photo, video (YouTube and Vimeo), layer, product, and post feed slides.

The MetaSlider SEO tab lets you set image title and alt text for your slides. The title text should provide additional information about the slide, whereas the alt text should be used to describe the image itself. This data allows search engines to ‘read’ your slides and helps with search engine rankings!

Powerful Editing Options

In addition to MetaSlider’s simple drag-and-drop features, our slider, slide show, gallery, and carousel plugin for WordPress offers many powerful features. Whether you are someone running a site who wants to make a great first impression with beautiful photos or someone making websites for clients, MetaSlider enables you to create the perfect customized experience.

  • Full width slider and gallery support MetaSlider will match your site design and is compatible with any WordPress theme that you choose to use.
  • Intelligent Image Cropping: Unique Smart Crop functionality ensures your slides are perfectly resized. No fuss.
  • Smart Pad: With cropping disabled, Smart Pad automatically adds padding to portrait images allowing you to mix portrait and landscape images and maintain a consistent slideshow height.
  • Drag-and-Drop editor: Includes drag-and-drop slide reordering, intelligent image cropping, set image crop position.
  • Slider configuration: Customize the transition effect, speed, timing, plus many more!
  • Live Theme Editor: With MetaSlider Pro you can create unlimited themes and preview them on-the-fly.
  • Thumbnail Navigation (Pro): MetaSlider Pro adds in 2 new types of slider and slideshow navigation:
    • “Thumbnail” will output a static row of thumbnails below the slideshow.
    • “Filmstrip” will output a carousel style row of thumbnails below the slideshow (with left and right navigation) – perfect if you have lots of slides!

Slider Themes

MetaSlider Pro introduces the MetaSlider Theme Editor. MetaSlider Pro includes 11 free professional and responsive slide show themes for sliders, slideshows, and carousels. These themes enable you to effortlessly create beautiful and effective sliders, slideshows, and carousels designed by professionals.

The MetaSlider theme editor also allows you to create your own slider, slideshow, and carousel themes to use across your sites where you install MetaSlider. With these themes you can perfectly display any content, including image, photo, video (YouTube and Vimeo), layer, product, and post feed slides.

Import and Export Your Sliders

With slider, slideshow, and carousel import and export you can move your perfectly designed sliders between your websites or your clients’ websites. Instead of recreating your settings on every website, export your slider, slideshow, or carousel with one click and import it to another WordPress suite just as easily with MetaSlider.

Ready for the Gutenberg Block Editor

MetaSlider has been designed to work seamlessly with the new Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor by using our Gutenberg block. We give you ultimate flexibility to embed MetaSlider into your WordPress website using a Gutenberg block, shortcode, or widget.

Fully Localized with Translation Support

MetaSlider is compatible with some of the most popular WordPress translation plugins, including WPML, PolyLang & qTranslate. You can make sure that your slider, slideshow, carousel, or gallery are fully localized for your audiences around the world. MetaSlider localization supports any content you include in your slider.

Slider Lightbox Support

MetaSlider offers responsive image and photo lightbox support with the MetaSlider Lightbox add-on, allowing slides to be opened in a lightbox, using one of several supported lightbox plugins, including Easy FancyBox, Simple Lightbox, and FooBox Image Lightbox.

Slider Plugin Integrations

MetaSlider is integrated with other popular WordPress plugins, including WooCommerce, the Events Calendar, and WPML. This enables you to seamlessly show the most engaging content to your audience in a slider, slideshow, carousel, or gallery.

You can use the popular events management plugin “The Events Calendar” with MetaSlider’s new Post Feed Slides. MetaSlider detects if you have The Events Calendar plugin activated and offers you the ability to order by event date, so you can show off your upcoming events in a slider, slideshow, or carousel.

WooCommerce sliders are also easy with MetaSlider. You can show the products you choose in a stylish WooCommerce slideshow.

Carousel Sliders

In addition to creating traditional sliders and slideshows, you can use MetaSlider to build carousels that allow you to show multiple images at any one time. MetaSlider carousels are compatible with all slide types, including image, photo, video (YouTube, Vimeo, and local), layer, WooCommerce product, and Post Feed slides. They’re ideal for showing a list of your latest posts or to use as a “Featured Product” slider for your homepage.

Support for Every Type of Content Slider

MetaSlider provides unrestricted support for your image and photo slider, slide show, carousel, and gallery, including captions, links, title texts and alt text. With the MetaSlider Pro add-on you can also add video (YouTube/Vimeo), layer, product, and post feed content to a slider, slide show or carousel.

You can use any combination of MetaSlider Pro slide types for sliders, slideshows, and carousels. For example you can have a slider with an image slide, a post feed slide (that can contain multiple posts), and a video slide. To create this simply add slides as you normally would, selecting the relevant slide type each time.

New Photo Gallery Experience

MetaSlider now features a new gallery experience that supports images and photos. With an easy drag-and-drop photo gallery builder, you can create a responsive and optimized photo gallery in seconds using the same WordPress Media Gallery images you are already using with MetaSlider sliders, slide shows, and carousels. You can use a simple shortcode (just like MetaSlider) to add the MetaSlider photo gallery to any page.

We are building the photo gallery following these principles:

  • Fast – Using modern best practices, your responsive photo gallery will be faster than ever.
  • SEO-focused – Search engines will love your photo gallery.
  • Fully WCAG accessible – All users will be able to enjoy your responsive photo gallery.

You can create a photo gallery, and then add images to your gallery from the WordPress Media Library. Simply drag-and-drop images and photos into your gallery, easily reorder them, and add an image alt attribute to your images and photos to ensure that your gallery is SEO friendly. To make sure that your responsive photo gallery looks just right on your WordPress page or post, the MetaSlider gallery allows you to change the image and photo width, max width, min width, and spacing of your gallery.

The MetaSlider photo gallery also offers a distraction free fullscreen mode for gallery editing, and we will soon add to the photo gallery a dark mode and background color selection.

To add your responsive Meta Slider photo gallery to a page, simply click the “add to page” button in your gallery editor to generate a WordPress shortcode that you can drop onto any page or post.

The MetaSlider photo gallery is in development, and we would love to hear your feedback on the gallery and ideas for photo gallery features we should work on next.

Privacy Policy

MetaSlider uses the Appsero SDK to collect non-sensitive diagnostic data upon a user’s confirmation. This data helps us to troubleshoot problems faster and make product improvements. MetaSlider only collects this diagnostic data when a user allows it via a notice in WP Admin or MetaSlider settings. View our privacy policy.


My slider is not working. What can I do?

MetaSlider has been tested with many most popular free WordPress themes and the most common plugins. We have hundreds of thousands of users who run MetaSlider without any problems. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, 9 times out of 10 it will be down to a conflict with either your chosen theme or plugins.

To help troubleshoot MetaSlider, we have a series of Yes / No questions that can help you quickly resolve most issues.

Click here for steps to troubleshoot sliders

An image slide is not appearing in my slider

If a slide is not showing in your MetaSlider slideshow, this guide has some suggestions for common troubleshooting steps:

Click here for steps to troubleshoot image sliders

How do I create a full width slider?

The guide linked below will show you how to create a “full width” layout for your MetaSlider slider. The aim is to create a slider that will stretch from one side of the browser window to another. How you create a “full width” layout will depend on your theme, so please read this guide to understand the best approach for your site.

Read the guide for full-width sliders

How do I create a full screen slider?

The guide linked below will show how to build a full-screen slideshow for your site. The slideshow works as normal with Previous and Next arrows, navigation, and more. However, the slideshow is the only thing visible on the screen.

Read the guide for full-screen sliders

How do I change the CSS for MetaSlider sliders?

To change the style of MetaSlider you should override the default MetaSlider styles with your own styles. If you’re not comfortable with editing the CSS yourself, you’ll be glad to know that MetaSlider Pro includes a live theme editor that lets you completely customize the style of your slideshow with no coding experience needed! Here is a quick to updating the MetaSlider styling. Some experience with HTML and CSS is assumed.

Read the guide to changing slider CSS

How to I add captions or subtitles to MetaSlider videos?

You can add video captions to External and Internal Video Slides created with MetaSlider Pro. This feature uses VTT files to add captions. There are four different types of VTT file supported in MetaSlider: Captions, Chapters, Descriptions, and Subtitles.

Read the guide to video captions

Can I create image sliders with MetaSlider?

Yes, image sliders are the most popular way to use MetaSlider. Image slideshows are included in MetaSlider Free and MetaSlider Pro. An image carousel will display an image. You can also add other features such as a caption, or a URL link.

Read more about image sliders

It’s also possible to build on your image slider and create a carousel slideshow with several images to be visible in the display at the same time.

See more about carousel image sliders

Can I create Vimeo sliders with MetaSlider?

Yes, Vimeo Slideshows are included in MetaSlider Pro. A Vimeo Slide will display a video in your slideshow directly from You can control the appearance of the videos and also add extra features to the videos such as auto play, mute, and loop.

Read more about Vimeo sliders

Can I create YouTube sliders with MetaSlider?

Yes, YouTube Slideshows are included in MetaSlider Pro. A YouTube Slide will display a video in your slideshow directly from You can control the appearance of the videos and also add extra features to the videos such as auto play, mute, and loop.

Read more about YouTube sliders

Can MetaSlider create sliders for other plugins?

Yes, you can use MetaSlider with many of the most popular plugins. We have particularly deep integrations with WooCommerce, The Events Calendar, and Advanced Custom Fields. You can make WooCommerce slider to showcase your products. You can build a WooCommerce slideshow with just a few clicks, thanks to MetaSlider.

In this guide linked below, we’ll show you how to create a slideshow of WooCommerce products using MetaSlider Pro. This slideshow will update automatically showing the products in the WooCommerce categories you choose.
Read the guide to WooCommerce sliders

In this guide linked below, we’ll show how MetaSlider can automatically create slides based on events in The Events Calendar plugin, displaying the featured image as the slide.
Read the guide to The Events Calendar sliders

Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) is a very popular WordPress plugin, with over 2 million active installs. If you use ACF to add fields to your content, it’s possible to use MetaSlider Pro to show those fields in a slideshow. In this guide, I’ll show you how to connect ACF and MetaSlider.
Read the guide to Advanced Custom Fields slider

Join the slider revolution and use MetaSlider to build beautiful slideshows with data from other plugins.

Can I show sliders only on one specific posts or pages?

Yes, it is possible to specify that your MetaSlider slideshow only appears on specific posts, pages, or your homepage.

Read the guide to sliders on specific posts

Can I create External URL sliders with MetaSlider?

Yes, External URL image Slideshows are included in MetaSlider Pro. External URL carousels allow you to load images directly from a non-WordPress sources such as CDNs or image hosts.

Read more about External URL sliders

Can I create Post Feed sliders with MetaSlider?

Yes, Post Feed Slides are included in MetaSlider Pro. Post Feed slideshows dynamically display slides based on your WordPress posts, using the featured image (required) as the slide. They are also commonly known as “Content Sliders”, “Featured Sliders”, “Post Sliders” or “Dynamic Sliders”.

Read more about Post Feed sliders

Can I create Layer sliders with MetaSlider?

Yes, Layer Slides are included in MetaSlider Pro. Layer Slideshows allow you to creates layer of different elements on top. You can add text, video, colors, animations and even other images on top of your first image.

Read more about Layer sliders

What’s the correct spelling of MetaSlider?

Our official name is MetaSlider. Don’t worry – we’ll still understand if you call us Metasldier, Meta slider, Slide meta, ML Slider, ml-sider, METASLIDER, or other variations. You’ll still find MetaSlider to be the best WordPress slider! Join the slider revolution with MetaSlider!

How does MetaSlider compare to other gallery and slideshow plugins?

There are lot of good gallery and slideshow plugins available including NextGen, 10Web, Envira, Modula, FooGallery, Smart Slider 3, Depicter, Slider Revolution, Soliloquy and more.

Enivra Gallery, FooGallery, and Module Gallery are photo gallery plugins. Smart Slider 3, Depicter, Slider Revolution, Soliloquy are slideshow plugins.

This variety of options is why we love WordPress and why you do too. However, give MetaSlider a test and you’ll find it has a wonderful balance between speed and features. Some of the plugins on this list are very basic. Other plugins have too many features and are slow and bloated. MetaSlider makes sure that your site runs incredibly quickly, while making sure you still have a very robust set of features. Join our slider revolution! We believe MetaSlider is the best slide show and gallery option.

Is MetaSlider compatible with page-builder plugins?

Yes, you can build Elementor slides and Beaver Builder slideshows. You can create Visual Composer sliders and Divi slideshows. No matter what page-builder plugin you use, MetaSlider will work for you whenever you need to build slide shows.


  1. Image slides with MetaSlider

    Image slides with MetaSlider

  2. Carousel slides with MetaSlider

    Carousel slides with MetaSlider

  3. YouTube video slides with MetaSlider

    YouTube video slides with MetaSlider

  4. Vimeo video slides with MetaSlider

    Vimeo video slides with MetaSlider

  5. Local video slides with MetaSlider

    Local video slides with MetaSlider

  6. Layer slides with MetaSlider

    Layer slides with MetaSlider

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+ Jason's Comments

I’ll apply my affiliate commission to support you, if you use my Meta Slider affiliate link to upgrade to Meta Slider Pro – Single Site License which adds support for YouTube & Vimeo slides, HTML slides, Layer slides with CSS3 animations, Dynamic Post Feed/Featured Image Slides (content slider), Custom Themes, Thumbnail Navigation, Premium Support.