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Smart Slider 3 is a WordPress slider plugin with a visual editor.
Smart Slider offers a fully functional free version that provides you with several features, including layers and 14 slider templates.
Like RoyalSlider, it supports dynamic WordPress content and videos from YouTube and Vimeo. Its sliders are also all mobile responsive. However, you don’t need to code to use Smart Slider.
Its paid plans feature many more effects, dynamic content sources, and animation styles than RoyalSlider does. These licenses are more expensive than RoyalSlider’s, though, with the cheapest one costing $49 for a single site.
MetaSlider is a slider plugin with several similarities to RoyalSlider.
Both plugins offer 11 templates, WooCommerce and WordPress support, and fast-loading slides that can display images, videos, and text.
Unlike using RoyalSlider, though, building a slider with MetaSlider doesn’t involve using code.
This plugin has a free version, but it is somewhat limited in functionality. You can purchase the all-inclusive premium models for yearly payments ranging from $39 to $149. All in all, MetaSlider is a straightforward plugin that can help you build sliders similar to ones you could create using RoyalSlider.
Soliloquy is a WordPress slider plugin with free and paid plans. It is similar to RoyalSlider in some ways — it provides templates you can use to create mobile-responsive and SEO-friendly sliders. It also offers an add-on that allows you to customize your slides using CSS.
However, it features a drag-and-drop visual editor, so you don’t have to use code if you don’t want to.
Like RoyalSlider, this plugin is well-respected for its sliders' speed and performance, but it utilizes asynchronous loading instead of lazy loading.
Soliloquy’s premium plans are available for yearly payments ranging from $17 to $89, and the lifetime model costs a single fee of $269. These licenses are not all-inclusive, though, and each subsequent model offers more features than the cheaper ones.
LayerSlider is a more advanced slider plugin with plenty of effects and features. Its visual editor can help you build a variety of content, including blocks, hero sections, and pop-ups.
Additionally, this plugin features over 210 slider templates, 19 skins, and over 90 pop-up templates, giving you a broader selection of starting points than RoyalSlider.
It also provides you with several animations and hundreds of transition effects.
At $25 for a single site plan, this plugin’s cost is very comparable to RoyalSlider’s. LayerSlider contains plenty of options, allowing you to make complex sliders. However, as is the case with feature-packed plugins, the interface may not be that beginner-friendly.
Like RoyalSlider, Slider Revolution allows you to build SEO-optimized, mobile-responsive slides containing a wide variety of content. However, it features a drag-and-drop visual editor and doesn’t require you to use any code to customize your slides. It also features many more animations, templates, and transitions than RoyalSlider does and can create entire blocks or even web pages.
The visual editor has pros and cons. It can be helpful to individuals with no coding experience who need to create unique and professional-looking sliders. However, it also offers so many options that you may find its interface to be bloated.
With RoyalSlider, you can adjust the source code to remove unnecessary functions, but you can’t do that with Slider Revolution.