1)Boxed, fullwidth, & fullscreen sliders that are responsive in fitting slideshows onto desktop, tablet, and phone devices;
2)Sliders supporting multiple transitions, captioning and animated layers;
3)Animated layers made-up of text, shapes, images, videos,HTML-blocks, audio, video, and other sliders;
4)Sliders with sophisticated navigation controls including arrows, tabs, thumbnails, touch swipe, keyboard, and mouse-wheel options
4)Slider layouts with distinctive and customizable stylings savable as reusable templates;
5)Slider editors that support simplified often drag and drop interactions/operations.
Master Slider – $17US, 1 website unlimited updates
Master slider delivers all the top notch features plus a solid UI interface:
As shown in the screen shot, Master Slider can draw from local files, WP Posts, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram and Woo-commerce image and other media resources. As well users can draw upon Sample Sliders for layout and design ideas.
Working on the slides allows for a number of slider settings:
This is followed by a fullscreen editor for each slide that allows for detail control of the slide transitions, captioning and adding of layers:
Master Slider does not have all the animation objects available to Slider Revolution but certainly does have more layer options then WowSlider. Master Slider is also fairly easy to learn. Master Slider sits in the middle on costs – $17/website versus $26/website for Slider Revolution.
Slider Revolution – $14/website+$12 onetime for Visual Edit addon
Slider Revolution provides about 2 dozen free slider templates to speed up development. Users can also load in their own saved sliders for reuse. These options do speed slider design and development.
The Slider Editor is chock full of options:
The Slide Editor has seven tabs for editing and customizing each individual slide including use of image, video, html blocks for slide base element and then a awide range of transitions, links and navigation settings. But the biggest plus is the unlimited layers that can be scheduled to appear on the basic slide:
Going beyond Master Slider, Slider Revolution offers broad options for layer animations and objects.Slider Revolution uses the Greensock.js animation interface to its advantage with the most flexible positioning, scaling and animation transition options.
There is a trade-off with so many slider options, a significant learning curve. But Slider Revolution helps in 3 ways. First, the templates provide examples of how to do attractive slider from full width using hero images to carousels with video slides. Second, the drag and drop interface considerably eases placing of animation layers and customizing their transitions. Finally, Theme Punch, Slider Revolution makers, have a good set of documentation including videos.
So Slider Revolution delivers top of the line slider features with an approachable development interface. Here is some sample results:
WowSlider – $99/year for unlimited website usage
WowSlider has long had one of the widest set of deployment options including standalone HTML+JS, WordPress, Joomla, etc. It is also one of the easiest to use slider interfaces:
Adding images and videos is very simple. Then to add captions and description for each slide is easy onto the form at the bottom of the WowSlider editor.
Next WowlSlider has a design property popup which helps complete the setup:
Note that templates allow users to control the styling of captions, descriptions, and navigation controls for each slider. Wowslider does not allow setting these properties for individual slides. Also only captions are allowed for layer animations – not added images, videos,shapes as in Master Slider and Revoltion Slider.
But as noted the publishing options for WowSlider are quite robust:
Facebook support is unique among our 3 sliders.
The price and features do not determine a clear cut best sider. If you develop for a lot of websites where simple sliders and banner ads predominate, WowSliders ease of use and yearly price pays of if you are plan to develop sliders for 5 or more websites. Also the low learning curve makes WowSlider productive right away.
If layers animations are important [and its the latest trend in Web UI/UX], then its achoce between Master Slider and Slider Revolution. Master is cheaper but S;ider Revolution has more features and deployment options- so our shop has adopted Slider Revolution.
But be forewarned, the rate of innovation in premium sliders is very high – just consider Smart Slider 3 and Layer Slider as examples. So the premium slider market is not yet a done deal.