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The Pros & Cons Of Using Slider Revolution Plugin For Your WordPress Website

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The Pros & Cons Of Using Slider Revolution Plugin For Your WordPress Website

Slider Revolution

Slider Revolution is probably the best WordPress slider plugin you’ve come across while searching for the best option for your site. In addition to being bundled with multiple ThemeForest themes, this WordPress slider plugin is also exceptionally popular on its own.

In fact, it’s been purchased 366,000+ times, which makes it the most popular WordPress slider plugin sold on Envato’s CodeCanyon marketplace. Probably more importantly, though, it has a 4.77-star rating (out of 5) on over 9300 user reviews.

Are the crowds right on this one? Let me delve into Slider Revolution in this hands-on article.

I’ll show you exactly how it works and what I think it does well… and what I think it doesn’t so well.

What Is Slider Revolution?

Though Slider Revolution WordPress slider plugin is commonly called a slider plugin, it is almost more like a hybrid function of a slide plugin and a page builder plugin due to the detailed editing features.

Using the visual drag-and-drop editor, it is possible to build entire sections or, in some cases, websites with the drag-and-drop feature. You will be able to customize each slide visually with a drag-and-drop editor that gives you a great deal of control.

Slider Revolution also has the capability of dynamically adding content to slides. By creating sliders, you can include the latest posts from your blog or WooCommerce products too. Additionally, you can include external content from:

Slider Revolution is also excellent at animation. Aside from having a variety of animation styles in general, you also get this detailed animation timeline feature, which allows you to set up complex animation sequences inside the same slider.

Other notable features include:

  • 200+ ready-made slides that you can import
  • There are lots of style options available
  • Content modules with useful functions, such as buttons
  • More than 20 add-ons for new features and effects
  • Library of media assets

Let me begin by showing you how Slider Revolution works in general. In the following section, I will give some specific examples of where Slider Revolution performs well…or poorly.

How Slider Revolution Works

How Slider Revolution Works
How Slider Revolution Works

As soon as you open Slider Revolution, the regular WordPress dashboard sidebar is dimmed, which provides a nice immersive and easy-to-focus experience:

For creating a new slider, you have three options:

  1. Begin with a blank slate
  2. Choose one of the 200+ templates included
  3. Import a slider from another site manually

You can choose from a wide range of predefined templates, which are divided into eight categories:

  1. Slider
  2. Carousel
  3. Hero
  4. Website
  5. Special FX
  6. Post Based
  7. Social Media
  8. Basic

Slider Revolution Editor

Slider Revolution Editor
Slider Revolution Editor

Upon creating your “module”, Slider Revolution will bring you into the editor.

When you create a blank template, Slider Revolution includes a “start guide” to guide you through the basics of setting up a “module” and the dimensions of the slide. Slider Revolution allows you to create sliders, carousels, and scenes, which works almost like WP page builders, except there’s only one slide.

Slider Revolution Editor
Slider Revolution Editor

Once you’ve set up the editor, you’ll see the full screen, which may seem quite empty at first:

Slider Revolution Editor
Slider Revolution Editor

Obviously, there is a lot going on here, but let me try to hit the highlights. Firstly, you can control high-level behavior by changing the general module settings to the right. A very important setting is the Content option. Here you can pick a dynamic source, such as the latest WooCommerce products or Instagram posts.

If you choose Custom content, you just have to drag-and-drop your own content (more on that later). However, if you choose an alternative, you get a wide range of options for identifying specific content first. By creating a Post-Based slider, for example, you could target specific targets, such as:

  • Post types
  • Taxonomies (categories, tags, etc.)

Adding Content

For adding content, Slider Revolution uses both layers (like Photoshop) and widgets (like WordPress page builders).

You can add a new layer by clicking the plus icon in the top-left corner:

You can then customize its style and content via the sidebar.

Adding a text layer, for example, makes the text editable.

The most powerful thing about this is the feature that allows dynamic content to be inserted.

You can integrate a text layer that automatically populates a post title into a slider, such as:

Adding Content
Adding Content

By adding additional layers, you can arrange them by dragging and dropping them. By using the interface at the bottom, you can also switch between layers quickly.

You can also manage animations with this interface. If you look to the right of each layer’s name, you can also see how the layer’s animation aligns with the slide’s timeline. Using drag-and-drop you can also change an animation’s length and start time.

Alternatively, you can view a preview of a slide at any time. Animation management is a really useful feature that allows you to control how long animations last and when elements appear and disappear. For each additional slide, you must repeat the process.

What Slider Revolution Does Well

Slider Revolution is incredibly detailed, so showing you every single feature would take an entire book. Nevertheless, I hope you now have a good sense of what the interface looks like.

Let’s look at some high points and low points.

  • So. Many. Features

Firstly, I want to emphasize again how robust Slider Revolution is, as this is probably its biggest strength. The fact that you can adjust pretty much every single detail on your slider is an advantage in and of itself. There are few WordPress plugins that offer such a level of control and depth.

  • Dynamic Content

It is easy to insert dynamic content into individual layers on each slide and select from a variety of sources. You can use Slider Revolution almost anywhere and in any way you would like.

The Slider Revolution can be used to show off products by eCommerce stores. Also, fashion bloggers can showcase their latest Instagram posts using the Slider Revolution.

  • Visual, Drag-and-Drop Design

The editor works just like a WordPress plugin page builder, so you can drag-and-drop each slide into place. It allows you to create complex designs with a great deal of flexibility.

There is one major difference, however, which is that Slider Revolution uses layers, as Photoshop does.

  • Animation and Timing

Creating layers, timelines and detail animations are some of the strongest features. In addition to the numerous options, the timeline feature also makes it simple to change up things and visualize the entire animation. Additionally, I like the ability to preview your slides at a specific time.

  • Responsive Design Settings

Responsive Design Settings
Responsive Design Settings

In addition to Slider Revolution’s responsive design options, you get to control how your slides handle different devices as well.

It is possible to hide specific layers or breakpoints based on certain devices:

  • Media Library

You also get access to a huge media library, which I didn’t show you previously. The Slider Revolution editor lets you insert a range of SVG files and font icons, which is very convenient:

Media Library
Media Library
  • Add-Ons

Lastly, Slider Revolution comes with more than 20 add-ons that let you extend functionality even further. In order to install these add-ons, you need a license key included with your plugin purchase. In addition to adding new content, these extensions offer new styles and animations, such as particle effects.

The full list is as follows:

  • Domain switch
  • Paintbrush
  • Exploding Layers
  • Distortion
  • BubbleMorph
  • (Re)Load
  • Reveal
  • Duotone
  • Panorama
  • Weather
  • Before & After
  • Slicey
  • Post Featured Slider
  • Login Page
  • Filmstrip
  • Adjacent Posts
  • 404
  • Polyfold Scroll Effect
  • Particle Effects
  • Holiday Snow
  • Coming & Maintenance
  • Social Sharing
  • Typewriter Effect
  • Related Posts
  • WordPress Gallery
  • Backup
  • Whiteboard

What Slider Revolution Does Poorly

Slider Revolution
Slider Revolution

There’s a lot to like about Slider Revolution, but it’s not perfect. Here are the two big downsides.

  • Performance

Performance is the main problem with Slider Revolution. Slider Revolution’s advanced features require a heavier design than some of the more lightweight competitors.

In my test, I compared Slider Revolution with MetaSlider, a lighter WordPress slider plugin, using some basic image sliders. The following are how they fared when it came to page size and HTTP requests:

  • The Revolution Slider requires 906 KB of storage and 23 HTTP requests to load
  • It takes 588 KB and 24 HTTP requests to run the MetaSlider

There is no problem with you valuing flexibility and features over performance. The performance of MetaSlider depends on huge trade-offs to achieve its flexibility and customization, so it is much less flexible than Slider Revolution.

Moreover, Slider Revolution has dramatically improved from the previous version, so I hope the team behind it can continue to improve the plugin’s performance.

  • Overwhelming Interface

Although the slider revolution interface is quite complex, the user interface is extremely flexible and offers a wide range of customization options.

Now that the slider revolution has made some improvements to its interface, it’s becoming more intuitive. However, it is definitely overwhelming and there’s a bit of a learning curve before you are able to use all of its features.

I would choose a simpler option if you do not need all of those advanced features.

Who Should Use Slider Revolution?

Those who need to customize every aspect of their sliders and carousels can use Slider Revolution. It feels like a powerful tool for designers, website builders, and power users.

If you want to make a pixel-perfect design, you’ll love the fact that Slider Revolution allows you to control everything. It is also inaccurate to refer to Slider Revolution as just a WordPress slider plugin, since it can do much more than most slider plugins you’ll find on WordPress.org and elsewhere.

From a flexibility perspective, it is hard to beat the drag-and-drop editing of individual slides as offered by a page builder.

Who Should Skip Slider Revolution?

While this section is a bit different from the last one, I still think you should read it again to make sure you understand whether Slider Revolution is the right tool for your company.

The above information should have demonstrated that Slider Revolution includes a number of features that make it easy to create custom sliders. If you want those features, that’s great, but if you don’t you might find it a little overwhelming or bloated.

Slider Revolution is way overkill if all you want to do is create a simple slider with static images. Spending money on features you don’t need is going to cost you money. Aside from that, you’ll feel overwhelmed by the Slider Revolution interface just for creating a simple slider.

Final Thoughts & Pricing

The Slider Revolution plug-in is available on CodeCanyon from Envato. Upon purchase, you will receive the following Envato licensing benefits:

  • For a single site, access to updates and templates for life
  • Support for six months (extended to twelve months for an additional $9)

Overall, I consider Slider Revolution to be a heavy-duty plugin.

If I were recommending a WordPress plugin to an amateur for creating a slider of basic things such as vacation photos, it wouldn’t be Slider Revolution because the interface is just way too overwhelming.

But if I were recommending a slider plugin to a professional with plenty of experience using WordPress and  wants to showcase products on their WooCommerce store, then I would say Slider Revolution is definitely worth checking out because of its huge array of features including:

  • Dynamic content sources
  • Visual drag-and-drop editor
  • Animation timeline
  • Detailed style options

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