What is the best slider plugin for Joomla?

I think image sliders can make for a very slick home page, but it seems that Joomla has so many to choose from. What are the best, and what are their good and bad points?

Free or paid is fine.

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Smart Slider 3 for WordPress and Joomla

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Start with a blank WordPress Slider or choose from a variety of beautiful samples. 100+ pre-made slides with super easy one click installation.

I'm not a fan of sliders in general, however if you do need to use one with Joomla (if a client requests it, and is adamant that they want a slider for example), then Smart Slider 3 is the only one that I'd recommend.

The extension is not exclusively a Joomla extension - they offer WordPress, Magento, and a vanilla HTML version (you choose the version when you decide to download / buy, their site is not actually very clear about it until that point).

It takes a little use to get familiar with how they work, but it's worth the effort. They offer a whole load of pre-built samples, which are probably the quickest way to get up and running for new users.

Pricing is $25 for a single domain, $100 for 10, or $200 for unlimited.


Slideshow CK Joomla

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Slideshow CK can display images or videos with links with nice effects. It is mobile compatible and responsive design, and you can add unlimited slides with a Drag & Drop admin interface.

Slideshow CK is probably your best bet.