Meta Slider Plugin for WordPress

A slider for your homepage? Why not, it’s a great way to display your content in an engaging and dynamic way. I’ve been looking for one that is easy to use, responsive and customizable in all the right ways. After doing some research, I found the perfect WordPress plugin called Meta Slider. In this review I am going to go over all the features this slider has to offer you along with my personal experience using it on client websites.

Meta Slider for WordPress is one of the most powerful and flexible sliders available today. You can create funny and creative slideshows that make your site more attractive and dynamic. We’ve built a slider with great ease of use, but also with many advanced features. It’s one of the best ways to show off your content

The WordPress Meta Slider Plugin is one of the most versatile and powerful page builder plugins in the market today, allowing you to create stunning websites. You will have an arsenal to build beautiful content without coding, thus freeing you up to experiment with your design.

Meta Slider Plugin for WordPress

Step #1. – Install the Plugin
Click Plugins > Add New.
Search for Metaslider.
Click Install Now.
Click Activate.
How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

Step #2. – Create a Slideshow
Click Metaslider link on the dashboard.
There is some kind of CSS bug, which makes the container wider than 100% of the screen size. Simply collapse the sidebar to remedy that.

The Metaslider interface is clean and well-thought out. There is a search box on top, and a dropdown-navigation on the left which makes it easy to locate a particular slider. This is especially useful when having more than 15 sliders.

The menu on the right provides global editing options for each slider, as well as, a link to the plugin’s documentation.

On the right sidebar, the additional configurations provides the unique look and feel of each slider.

Click Add Slide.
How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

Upload images to your Media Library.
Select 5 or 6 images.
Click Add to slideshow.
How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

Each slide has a tabbed menu. Let’s focus on the tab called General.

Click Enter manually and add a proper caption for each slide.
Enter a redirection link for the first slide.
Click Open in a new window.
Change the slider type to Nivo Slider.
Scroll down and play around with the slider configuration options.
Copy the shortcode in red provided by the plugin.
Scroll up and click Save.
How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

Step #3. – Add the Slider
Click Posts > Add New.
Enter the shortcode you copied on the last step.
Click Publish twice.
How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

Take a look at the published post, you will see the slider working properly.

How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

If you click on the first slide, you will be redirected to the link you provided in a new browser tab.

Step #4. – Metaslider Custom Themes
By default, Metaslider provides some pre-configured themes.

Click Metaslider on the dashboard.
Click Select a custom theme.
How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

Choose the theme of your liking.
Click Select.
Notice also, that you have a Preview option.

How to Use the Metaslider Plugin in WordPress

The slider will update on your site after refreshing the page.

Add custom slideshows to your WordPress site with Meta Slider
Meta Slider is a free, easy to use plugin that allows WordPress users to add custom slides to widgets, posts, and pages.

A “slider” is a slideshow that is displayed on a WordPress site’s home page to feature your chosen photos, videos, and other content. The purpose of a slider is to add emphasis to your content and display it in a smooth, eye-catching, and user friendly fashion. Unfortunately, not all WordPress themes offer a slider, and for the ones that do, there is only one available for customization.

This is where Meta Slider comes in. Meta Slider is a free plugin that gives users the ability to create content and/or media slideshows that can be easily inserted into posts, pages, or widgets; even allowing you to display multiple different sliders throughout your WordPress site. It brings the availability and customization of a slideshow to any WordPress theme. There is also a Pro version available for $19 that offers more display features and greater customization of your sliders.

To add Meta Slider, all you have to do is scroll over “Plugin” on the sidebar menu of your dashboard, click on “Add New”, type “Meta Slider” into the search box, and click “Install Now”. After you have activated the plugin, you will see the Meta Slider icon has been added to your dashboard’s sidebar.

Figure 1: Meta Slider on WordPress dashboard
Figure 1: Meta Slider on WordPress dashboard

Now that you have installed Meta Slider, you can start building your custom slideshows. As with inserting media, you simply click “Add Slide” at the top right hand corner of the “Slides” pane and select your desired image or video from your media library or local files. After you have added all the media content that you would like your slideshow to display, you can edit an image’s caption, add a URL to the image (to direct site-users to other content), attribute SEO information, and change the crop position of your selected images. Meta Slider also gives you further optimization of the slider’s settings in the “Settings” and “Advanced Settings” panes, allowing you to customize animation effects, animation speed, auto-play, alignment, stretch, and several others features. It also allows you to choose between the following slider display types:

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Figure 2: Flex Slider
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Figure 3: Coin Slider
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Figure 4: Nivo Slider

To add your new Meta Slider(s) to a page or post, click on the “Add Slider” icon just above your content field (which was added upon the installation of the plugin) and select the slider that you would like to display from the dropdown list of the pop-up window. As seen in Figure 5 below, the new slider will be added to your content field as a short code, and is now visible on the front end of your WordPress site.

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Figure 5: Adding Meta Slider to a post or page

Adding Meta Sliders to widgets is just as easy. First, scroll over “Appearance” on the sidebar menu of your dashboard and click on “Widgets”. From there all you have to do is drag and drop the Meta Sidebar box (as seen below in Figure 6) to the desired content display area, choose the desired slider from the dropdown list, add the title you wish to be displayed above the slider, and select what areas of your site that you would like the slider to be displayed on. After saving the new widget content, your slider(s) will added to the selected areas of your site.

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Figure 6: Adding Meta Slider to widgets

Meta Slider is a great slideshow plugin that gives WordPress users an extra level of optimization and can be really helpful in promoting the overall look and feel of your WordPress site. From the fresh look of the responsive slider to the great level of customization, Meta Slider is ideal for creating links to other resources, giving your theme an attractive homepage slideshow, and enhancing the user experience of your site.

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