What is: Slider?

A slider is one of the most innovative ways to display content on a WordPress site.

Just as the name suggests, sliders display content and then “slide” or move horizontally to present new content. Most of the time, sliders automatically “slide” to the next piece of content after a preset period of time, but sliders can also be set up to be triggered manually with a mouse click or a finger tap.

Sliders are usually implemented to display visual content such as still images or videos. Most WordPress site users place their sliders near the top of the front page in order to serve as a way to highlight content. For example, you may have your five most recent articles appear in a slider or your five most popular articles.

It’s important to remember that just about every slider runs on JavaScript, executing a bit of separate code, so this can slow down how fast your website loads. In addition, sliders may display and function differently depending on whether a visitor is browsing your site from a desktop computer or a mobile device. Therefore, it’s essential that you verify that the slider is functioning equally well on both kinds of devices and that your site is loading promptly.

The option to use a slider comes built-in with certain themes. But if your theme doesn’t offer a slider as an option, there are also plugins available. Adjusting the settings on your slider depends on the plugin or theme that you’re using.

Keep in mind that a slider that “slides” too fast may be visually distracting. Also, sliders make it hard to concentrate on reading a text, so make sure that the positioning and use of your slider doesn’t interfere with your visitors’ ability to read through the written content on your site.

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My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.