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LayerSlider is another popular WordPress plugin — over 3,100 reviews average out to 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Unfortunately, this plugin does not offer a free version. The personal package costs $25 for one website, while professional versions range from $66 for three websites to $750 for 50 sites.
Like Smart Slider 3, LayerSlider offers dynamic WordPress content, a wide variety of templates, and YouTube and Vimeo slides. This slider plugin also features several components specifically dedicated to customizing popups. However, it is packed with options and less beginner-friendly than Smart Slider.
MetaSlider boasts that its free version is the most popular WordPress slider plugin on the market.
However, the free version of this plugin has fewer features than the free version of Smart Slider 3. Therefore, it is more lightweight, but its functionality is more limited; it mainly allows you to create image-based sliders.
MetaSlider does offer four types of sliders in its free version, though, including a carousel. The pro versions of this plugin are all-inclusive, and you can purchase a license by paying $39 to $149 a year.
Each package will provide you with layers, animations, YouTube and Vimeo slides, WordPress post content, a theme editor, and thumbnail navigation.
Slider Revolution is another WordPress plugin that allows you to create sliders and other visual content for your website.
Like Smart Slider 3, it features mobile responsive sliders, dynamic content, and slider templates, all accessible through a visual editor.
Slider Revolution does not offer a free version, though, and it is more expensive than Smart Slider 3 at a $79 one-time fee or a $29 yearly payment for its cheapest plan. This plugin stands out by offering extensive in-depth options for customizing your sliders.
These might make it hard to learn at first, but they give you complete control over your design in a way that many other slider plugins don’t.