Sliders can be a good way of displaying your content in a visually appealing way (though this is the topic of some debate) and if you didn’t already know, the plugin that I recommend for including sliders on your WordPress site is Soliloquy (here’s why).
The core Soliloquy plugin is fantastic: excellently coded, well-supported and fast. However, you can take it a bit further if you need to.
There are a number of add-ons available for Soliloquy that extend its capabilities beyond those included in the core. So in no particular order, here they are:
You can use the featured content add-on to bring your most important content to the very forefront of your site. Very helpful on busier sites and on magazine-style sites.
With the filters add-on, you can apply filters (from a gallery of over 25) to the images you upload, such as grayscale, sepia, emboss and contrast.
The crop add-on kind of does what it says on the tin: it allows you to crop images when you upload them to help them to fit into the slider as you need.
The themes add-on provides you with pre-built additional themes to enhance the appearance of your slider without having to mess with any code.
With the Instagram add-on, you can take your Instagram stream and create sliders from it. Very useful for displaying your Instagram images in a classy way.
The preview add-on allows you to preview changes to your slider, before you save it. So if your slider is live and you want to update it, you can make sure that your changes are acceptable before making them live to the public.
The Lightbox add-on extends your slider by adding the ability to open the videos and images within the slider into a lightbox.
These are the basic add-ons, which are free to developer license holders. Developer licenses really are reasonably priced, especially given the support and the quality of the plugin, and of course all of these excellent add-ons that you get for free.