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How to Create a Slider in WordPress Using the Smart Slider 3 Plugin

How to Create a Slider in WordPress Using the Smart Slider 3 Plugin

Sliders in WordPress are incredibly functional and versatile. Whether you're running an online shop, a portfolio site, or a blog, sliders can grab your visitors' attention and present information in an engaging way. In this article, we'll guide you through creating a slider in WordPress using the Smart Slider 3 plugin, without needing to write a single line of code.

What is a slider?

At its core, a slider is a collection of photos with automatic playback or user-controlled playback. However, sliders can be much more advanced. They can include:

Text: Add captions, headings, and descriptions to provide context or additional information.

Images and Videos: Display media to enhance visual appeal and engagement.

Buttons: Add calls to action that direct users to different parts of the slider or external websites.

Animations and Effects: Apply animations to text and images and use transition effects between slides to create a dynamic experience.

Smart Slider 3 allows you to create both basic and complex sliders, offering plenty of creative freedom along with stylish templates to help you get started.

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Slider with Smart Slider 3

Step 1: Install and Activate Smart Slider 3

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Navigate to Plugins > Add New
  • Search for “Smart Slider 3.”
  • Click “Install Now” on the Smart Slider 3 plugin.
  • Once installed, click “Activate.” 


Step 2

  • Go to Smart Slider in the WordPress dashboard menu.
  • Click on New Project.
  • Choose New Slider.
  • Name your slider and set the dimensions. For most purposes, 1200x500 pixels is a good starting point, but you can adjust this based on your needs



Step 3: Add Slides to Your Slider

  • Click on Add Slide
  • Choose to add an image, video, or create a blank slide.
  • Upload images or select from your media library. 

Step 4: Customize Each Slide

  • Click on a slide to edit it.
  • Add elements like text, buttons, images, and videos. Drag and drop elements onto the slide.
  • Customize the appearance and position of each element.
  • Use the animation options to add entrance and exit animations to your elements. 

Step 5: Configure Slider Settings

  • Go to the “Settings” tab for your slider.
  • Adjust the slider settings such as autoplay, slide duration, and transition effects.
  • Set the navigation style, like arrows, dots, or thumbnails.  

Step 6: Publish Your Slider

  • Click Save to save your slider.
  • Copy the shortcode provided. 

Step 7: Add the Slider to Your WordPress Site

  • Go to the page or post where you want to add the slider.
  • Paste the shortcode into the WordPress editor.
  • Update or publish your page.


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