Smart Slider 3

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Smart Slider 3
Responsive slider plugin to create sliders in visual editor easily. Build beautiful image slider, layer…

Basic parameters

  • Version:
  • Last updated: 2 months ago
  • Active installations: 700,000+
  • WordPress Version: 4.9 or higher
  • Tested up to: 5.6
  • PHP Version: 7.0 or higher
  • Languages:

    Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (China), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dutch (Belgium), English (Australia), English (South Africa), English (UK), English (US), French (Canada), French (France), Galician, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Venezuela), Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.


  • 5 stars 866
  • 4 stars 11
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 6
  • 1 star 14


Templates | Videos | Docs | Support | Features

Smart 3 is the most powerful and intuitive WordPress plugin to create sliders which was never possible before. Fully responsive, SEO optimized and works with any WordPress theme. Create beautiful sliders and tell stories without any code.

Live slide editor

A beautiful interface makes creating slides fast and efficient. The complete freedom to build what you want, the way you want. Edit your slides as you used to in page builders. Drop layers after each other and structure them with rows and columns.

Unique Layouts with Layers

Enhance your slider with the layers and make your site even more unique and grandiose. Every heading, text, image, button and video can be edited easily with the customization options. Change all the details that really matter in typography and style.

Responsive, Mobile Ready Sliders

Switch your slider to different device mode and optimize your content for the resolution. Your site can be enjoyed in any environment, be it a mobile, tablet or desktop.

Beautiful Sliders to Start

No tech skills needed, just pick a slider template. It works like magic! Choose from a variety of beautiful templates or start with a blank Slider. Simple way to build every kind: image, layer, video and post slider.

Most powerful features

  • Default position – Edit your slides as you used to in page builders.
  • Absolute position – Drag and drop your layers anywhere on the slide with absolute layers.
  • Slide library – Slide Library provides several pre-made slides to kickstart your work.
  • Totally integrated with WordPress – Media manager, shortcode, widget, post permalinks, post editor.
  • Page Builder support – Elementor, Divi, Beaver Builder, Page Builder by SiteOrigin, Visual Composer, Gutenberg and more…
  • Totally responsive and touch friendly – Sliders can be enjoyed on any device, be it a mobile, tablet or desktop.
  • Dynamic Slides – Available source: WordPress posts
  • Customizable controls – Arrows, Bullets, Autoplay, Bar, Thumbnails, Shadows
  • Slide backgrounds – 9 Super smooth background animations
  • Layers – Build unique design with 6 varied layers: Image, Heading, Text, Button, Vimeo, YouTube
  • Font and Style manager system – Change easily all the details that really matter in typography and style.
  • Template sliders – 11 sliders to start


  • Import and Export sliders
  • Intuitive slide creation: choose images, select WordPress Posts or add YouTube and Vimeo videos
  • Static overlay
  • Touch swipe, scroll, keyboard navigation
  • Full-width and boxed responsive layouts
  • Slide switching animations: Horizontal, Vertical, Fade
  • Slide background animations
  • Autoplay timing options
  • Slider controls: Arrow, Bullet, Autoplay, Bar, Thumbnail and Shadow
  • SEO optimized
  • Layers: Image, Heading, Text, Button, Vimeo, YouTube
  • Layer snap in visual slide editor
  • Adaptive layer font sizing
  • Hide layers on specific devices
  • Slide thumbnail image
  • WordPress Multi Site compatible
  • Custom responsive breakpoints


“I can heartily recommend the free version. It already provides more functionality than any other slider plugin – even many premium ones.” – Daniel Pataki – WPMU DEV

“Having tried more than a few plugins, both free and paid, I can honestly say that this is one of the best that I’ve ever tested…” – Daryn Collier – WPKube

“Since Smart Slider is free to use, I do not have to really stress how good a plugin it is because you can download it yourself and see for yourself.” – Kevin Muldoon

“This plugin can be used for much more than a simple slider – being able to create whole sections of your website.” – Oliver Dale – WPLift

“Taking all this into consideration we can safely say that Smart Slider 3 is one of the top WordPress slider plugins.” – Mark Zahra – WP Mayor


Smart Slider 3 is a community-driven project that would not be the same without your feedback. If you have any problem or feature request for this plugin, please feel free to contact us!

Smart Slider 3 Pro Features:

  • All template sliders
  • Layer animation builder
  • Live animation timeline
  • 18 extra layers
  • 2 extra slider types
  • Full page responsive layout
  • All generators for dynamic slides
  • Extra background animations (more than 54)
  • Built-in lightbox
  • Advanced controls and much more control presets
  • Ton of customization options
  • Premium support
  • Full list of features

Dynamic slide sources in FREE version

  • WordPress Posts: WordPress posts by Category and Tag filter or only the specified posts.

Dynamic slide sources in PRO version

  • WordPress Custom Posts: WordPress posts from custom post types by custom taxonomy filter or only the specified custom posts
  • WooCommerce slider from products: Woocommerce products by Category, Tag, Featured, In Stock and downloadable filter or only the specified products.
  • NextGEN Gallery: displays the images and related meta from the selected source gallery.
  • Events: Events by Category and Tag filter. Supported plugins: All-in-One Event Calendar, Events Manager, The Events Calendar
  • : displays the images and related meta from the selected source gallery. Supported plugins: Gallery by BestWebSoft, Photo Gallery by WD
  • Social dynamic sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Pinterest


  • English
  • Spanish (es_ES) 99%
  • Portuguese (Brasil) (pt_BR) 60%
  • Polish (pl_PL) 60%
  • Russian (ru_RU) 59%
  • Italian (it_IT) 55%
  • French (fr_FR) 50%
  • Hungarian (hu_HU) 44%
  • Traditional Chinese (zh_TW) 42%
  • Finnish (fi_FI) 39%
  • Japanese (ja_JP) 37%
  • German (de_DE) 31%


  • Dashboard
  • Slider settings
  • Slide editing
  • Full width with gradient and layers. Made with FREE version.
  • Simple image slider with caption and arrows. Made with FREE version.
  • Thumbnail image slider. Made with FREE version.
  • Image slider with static slide on it. Made with FREE version.
  • Full width content post slider. Made with FREE version.
  • with layers styles. Made with FREE version.


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Smart Slider 3


Check our official documentation for more information

Automatic installation

  1. Search for Smart Slider 3 through ‘Plugins > Add New’ interface.
  2. Find the plugin box of Smart Slider 3 and click on the ‘Install Now’ button.
  3. Then activate the Smart Slider 3 plugin.
  4. Create a new slider: Click on the ‘Smart Slider’ menu, click on the create slider button. Then you can add images and videos as slide and you can customize your slides with layers.
  5. Then copy the shortcode from the Publish slider box and paste it into a post or a page.

Manual installation

  1. Download Smart Slider 3
  2. Upload the Smart Slider 3 through ‘Plugins > Add New > Upload’ interface or upload smart-slider-3 folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  3. Activate the Smart Slider 3 plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  4. Create a new slider: Click on the ‘Smart Slider’ menu, click on the create slider button. Then you can add images and videos as slide and you can customize your slides with layers.
  5. Then copy the shortcode from the Publish slider box and paste it into a post or a page.


1. How do I add the slider to my site?

You can add your slider by shortcode or via the widget control panel or PHP shortcode. Watch the 🎥 Publishing tutorial video to learn more about the topic.

2. Where can I reach the documentation?

3. Where is Canvas mode?

Canvas mode was renamed to Absolute. You can add Absolute positioned layers using the toggle at the Add panel, and switch a Default layer to Absolute at layer window > Style tab > Position.

But we recommend working with Default positioned layers because the responsive behavior is better, and the slide building is much faster. Most layouts people want to create can be done with Default positioned layers only. Absolute positioned layers should only be used for decoration.

Want to learn more about Absolute positioned layers? 🎥 Check out the tutorial video!

4. Why is there an empty space where the slider should be?

It means that there is a JavaScript error on your site which blocks other scripts(for example Smart Slider’s scripts). You can open up the browser debugger window with F12 button and check the console if it shows error or not. If you solve these errors Smart Slider should work fine.

Usual problem is that you have the latest WordPress version, but your theme loads very old jQuery version (1.7 or older) and the WordPress admin bar throws a JavaScript error. In this case, you have to remove the old jQuery from your theme’s functions.php.

If you are unable to solve these problems, feel free to contact us!

5. What should I do when I experience any problem?

Contact us!

6. Is Smart Slider 3 is totally responsive?

Smart Slider 3 is 100% responsive with each items, so it will fit perfectly into your page, regardless of the size of your desktop screen or device.

Be sure you check out the tutorial video about the 🎥 Responsive Settings.

7. Can I customize the fonts of the slider?

Yes you can customize everything for every state. (Hover, normal) The slider comes with Google Web Font support, allowing you to pick from over a dozen font families. You can also use your own font by simply writing its name to the font family field. Check out our tutorial video to learn how to use custom fonts.

8. Can I show multiple instances of slider on one page?

Yes, you can use as many sliders on a page as you want. But you can only use one slider once.

9. How to include a slider in a post or a page?

[smartslider3 slider=Here comes the slider id]

10. How to include a slider into header.php or other PHP files?

<?php echo do_shortcode('[smartslider3 slider=Here comes the slider id]'); ?>

11. Does Smart Slider support sites with SSL?

Of course! Smart Slider use protocol relative urls which works fine on http:// and on https:// too.


Super Plugin

January 8, 2021
You do not need to write more than SUPER FANTASIC

The best plugin for slides

January 2, 2021
Good choice for Elementor

Super by name, Super by nature.

December 30, 2020
I recently discovered Super Slider whilst looking to make a bespoke post carousel for a client. Not only do they have an excellent selection of beautifully designed templates out the box, but the customisation settings also allow you to create your own designs from scratch, from novice to developer. That’s not to say I didn’t get stuck on a few elements – such as making my own slider look good on mobile – but when I contacted their support, I was blown away their services. Possibly the best support I’ve had for any software.
A fantastic product from a superb team.

The Absolute Best Slider Solution For WordPress, No Contest.

December 23, 2020
Smart Slider 3 truly is an awesome piece of software. Not only that it offers so much to both designers and non-designers. As a designer and developer SS3 gives me the flexibility, functionality and polish to add some very-desirable bells and whistles to my sites. The UI and UX are great. The documentation is very helpful and well presented. I have tried several premium Slider solutions in the past and when I landed on this one I was so impressed I went all the way in and upgraded to a Lifetime membership because of how great it works and how well-supported it is. A very good show to Nextend for having put so much great design and engineering into this very flexible solution. I rank this plugin as EXCELLENT; a well-deserved 5 stars.


December 22, 2020

Perfect !

December 14, 2020
All you need ! Thanks !!


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