Want to create eye-catching sliders for your WordPress site? LayerSlider can help you show off images, videos, post content, and more. It includes hundreds of different animations and the ability to layer content in each slide. But is it the best slider plugin available? Find out in our LayerSlider review.
Why Use a Slider Plugin?
When you have so much to offer on your site, it’s hard to know what to display on your home page.
A slider is a fun way to show off your most popular content, display featured products from your eCommerce store, or share photos from your latest trip. Slider animations can be eye-catching and engaging for users, too.
LayerSlider: Multi-Purpose, Responsive Slider Plugin
LayerSlider is one of the most popular slider plugins for WordPress. It allows you to create attention grabbing sliders, galleries, and carousels with animations and transition effects.
With each slide, you can add layers of content including images, videos, text, and more. Each layer can have its own transition effects. You can also choose from 3 different slider navigation looks.
LayerSlider also comes with 13 customizable skins to easily give your sliders a different look. Skin PSD files are also included so designers can create their own skins more easily. All skins are responsive and mobile-friendly.
How to Create Your First Slider
Install and activate the plugin, and you’ll be redirect to the LayerSlider WP » All Sliders menu.
Click the Add New button to get started.
Type in a name and click Add Slider.
You’ll see tabs at the top showing that you’re on the settings page.
Below that, you’ll see all the options for your slider. You can change the size, animations, speed, navigation options, and more.
When you’re finished choosing your settings, click the Slides tab at the top.
There are two Click to Set buttons on the left. The top is for setting the image, and the bottom one is for setting the thumbnail. If you leave the thumbnail empty, the image itself will just be used. You can also set the individual image duration, choose from over 100 transition effects, and optionally configure links.
Below that, you can add more layers to your slider. There are a lot of options for adding more images, text, HTML, videos, post content, etc.
You can also set the transitions of the individual layers.
To add another slide, click the green plus sign at the top under the Slides tab.
When you’re done, click the Save Changes button at the bottom.
You can get the shortcode to display your slider from the LayerSlider WP » All Sliders screen, where all your sliders will be listed.
Documentation and Support Options
LayerSlider has online documentation and FAQs available on the official website. The documentation includes tutorials for installing, building sliders, advanced customization, troubleshooting, and help for developers. The FAQs also address a lot of common issues.
Your purchase of LayerSlider comes with 6 months of support from the developer, for help with fixing bugs and answering general questions. You can choose to purchase extended support for another 12 months.
LayerSlider vs. Soliloquy
There are a lot of slider plugins available, but we recommend Soliloquy as the best responsive slider plugin for WordPress.
Most slider plugins are bloated with an enormous amount of features most people don’t use. They often have very confusing interfaces and will slow down your site.
LayerSlider is not a bad plugin. It is powerful and has a lot of features. But the interface isn’t very beginner friendly — it seems to be created with developers in mind.
Some of the skin designs also appear quite dated:
Soliloquy puts user experience first. It was designed to be lightweight and easy for beginners. You can put together a slider in just a few minutes.
Best of all, Soliloquy won’t slow your site. It’s the fastest slider plugin we tested:
|Slider Plugin||Page Load time||Requests||Page size|
|Soliloquy||1.34 secs||26||945 KB|
|Nivo Slider||2.12 secs||29||1 MB|
|Meteor||2.32 secs||27||1.2 MB|
|Revolution Slider||2.25 secs||29||1 MB|
|LayerSlider||2.12 secs||30||975 KB|
That’s because it’s designed to use a hybrid technique called dynamic asynchronous ajax preloading.
You can find our more in our full Soliloquy review.
LayerSlider is a popular plugin because it has a lot of animation and transition options, enabling you to create complicated sliders with all kinds of content and fun effects.
We found the interface to be a little confusing and not very user-friendly, but the documentation includes plenty of tutorials to help when you get stuck. It can take a while to learn how to use all the features, however.
We give LayerSlider 4 out of 5 stars. Here is the breakdown of our review scores: