How to create a WordPress Slider?

Creating a wordpress slider is vary easy. You don’t need to know on how to create php plugins. Just basic understanding of HTML, CSS, JS will do.

  1. Edit your template as HTML. In widgets you can find to find an oprion to edit as HTML. If your theme does not provide suck kind of functionality, you can download from a whole lot of plugins from wordpress store.
  2. Place the following code to wherever you want to add the slideshow to. For e.g. i wanted it below header so i’m placing it under the “Below Header”.
    <!-- Slideshow container -->
    <div class="slideshow-container">
      <!-- Full-width images with number and caption text -->
      <div class="mySlides fade">
        <div class="numbertext">1 / 3</div>
        <img src="img1.jpg" style="width:100%">
        <div class="text">Caption Text</div>
      <div class="mySlides fade">
        <div class="numbertext">2 / 3</div>
        <img src="img2.jpg" style="width:100%">
        <div class="text">Caption Two</div>
      <div class="mySlides fade">
        <div class="numbertext">3 / 3</div>
        <img src="img3.jpg" style="width:100%">
        <div class="text">Caption Three</div>
      <!-- Next and previous buttons -->
      <a class="prev" onclick="plusSlides(-1)">❮</a>
      <a class="next" onclick="plusSlides(1)">❯</a>
    <!-- The dots/circles -->
    <div style="text-align:center">
      <span class="dot" onclick="currentSlide(1)"></span> 
      <span class="dot" onclick="currentSlide(2)"></span> 
      <span class="dot" onclick="currentSlide(3)"></span> 
  3. Copy the following css and paste it accordingly.
    * {box-sizing:border-box}
    /* Slideshow container */
    .slideshow-container {
      max-width: 1000px;
      position: relative;
      margin: auto;
    /* Hide the images by default */
    .mySlides {
      display: none;
    /* Next & previous buttons */
    .prev, .next {
      cursor: pointer;
      position: absolute;
      top: 50%;
      width: auto;
      margin-top: -22px;
      padding: 16px;
      color: white;
      font-weight: bold;
      font-size: 18px;
      transition: 0.6s ease;
      border-radius: 0 3px 3px 0;
      user-select: none;
    /* Position the "next button" to the right */
    .next {
      right: 0;
      border-radius: 3px 0 0 3px;
    /* On hover, add a black background color with a little bit see-through */
    .prev:hover, .next:hover {
      background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.8);
    /* Caption text */
    .text {
      color: #f2f2f2;
      font-size: 15px;
      padding: 8px 12px;
      position: absolute;
      bottom: 8px;
      width: 100%;
      text-align: center;
    /* Number text (1/3 etc) */
    .numbertext {
      color: #f2f2f2;
      font-size: 12px;
      padding: 8px 12px;
      position: absolute;
      top: 0;
    /* The dots/bullets/indicators */
    .dot {
      cursor: pointer;
      height: 15px;
      width: 15px;
      margin: 0 2px;
      background-color: #bbb;
      border-radius: 50%;
      display: inline-block;
      transition: background-color 0.6s ease;
    .active, .dot:hover {
      background-color: #717171;
    /* Fading animation */
    .fade {
      -webkit-animation-name: fade;
      -webkit-animation-duration: 1.5s;
      animation-name: fade;
      animation-duration: 1.5s;
    @-webkit-keyframes fade {
      from {opacity: .4} 
      to {opacity: 1}
    @keyframes fade {
      from {opacity: .4} 
      to {opacity: 1}
  4. Add the following code to make it and automatic slider. The slider timing can be set to whatever you want. the setTimeout function takes the second argument as milliseconds and NOT seconds. So convert it accordingly.
    var slideIndex = 1;
    // Next/previous controls
    function plusSlides(n) {
      showSlides(slideIndex += n);
    // Thumbnail image controls
    function currentSlide(n) {
      showSlides(slideIndex = n);
    function showSlides(n) {
      var i;
      var slides = document.getElementsByClassName("mySlides");
      var dots = document.getElementsByClassName("dot");
      if (n > slides.length) {slideIndex = 1} 
      if (n < 1) {slideIndex = slides.length}
      for (i = 0; i < slides.length; i++) {
          slides[i].style.display = "none"; 
      for (i = 0; i < dots.length; i++) {
          dots[i].className = dots[i].className.replace(" active", "");
      slides[slideIndex-1].style.display = "block"; 
      dots[slideIndex-1].className += " active";
  5. Now you have a basic skeleton of the slider ready. Change the image src of the picture you want, and you can see the slideshow working.
  6. Do add more slides to the slider you just have to simply append the following code with the image src pointing to the image you want
    <div class="mySlides2">
        <img src="img_band_ny.jpg" style="width:100%">

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