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The most popular WordPress slider plugin. Creating slideshows with Meta Slider is fast and easy. Simply select images from your WordPress Media Library, drag and drop them into place, set slide captions, links and SEO fields all from one page. You can choose from 4 different slideshow types (Flex Slider, Nivo Slider, Responsive Slides & Coin Slider) and use the provided shortcode or template include to easily embed slideshows in your blog.


Flex Slider 2 – Responsive, 2 transition effects, carousel mode
Nivo Slider – Responsive, 16 transition effects, 4 themes
Responsive Slides – Responsive & incredibly light weight
Coin Slider – 4 transition effects


Simple, easy to use interface – perfect for individual users, developers & clients!
Create Responsive, SEO optimised slideshows in seconds
Unrestricted support for Image slides (supports caption, link, title text, alt text)
Full width slideshow support
Drag and drop slide reordering
Admin preview
Intelligent image cropping
Set image crop position
Built in Widget and Shortcode
Loads of slideshow configuration options – transition effect, speed etc (per slideshow)
Fully localised
WordPress Multi Site compatible
Compatible with translation plugins (WPML, PolyLang & qTranslate)
Extensive Developer API (hooks & filters)
Fast – only the minimum JavaScript/CSS is included on your page
Free basic support (covering installation issues and theme/plugin conflicts)
Lightbox support with the Meta Slider Lightbox addon

Upgrade to Meta Slider Pro to add support for:

YouTube & Vimeo slides
HTML slides
Layer slides with CSS3 animations & HTML5 Video backgrounds
Dynamic Post Feed/Featured Image Slides (content slider)
Custom Themes
Thumbnail Navigation
Premium Support

Read more and thanks to:

Flex Slider
Responsive Slides
Coin Slider
Nivo Slider

Find out more at

Follow us on Twitter: @wpmetaslider

The easy way:

Go to the Plugins Menu in WordPress
Search for “Meta Slider”
Click “Install”

The not so easy way:

Upload the ml-slider folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
Manage your slideshows using the ‘Meta Slider’ menu option


How do I include a slideshow in the header of my site?

Video Guide:

Text Guide:

You will need to paste the “Template Include” code into your theme (you can find this in the ‘Usage’ section underneath the slideshow settings)

Go to Appearance > Editor in WordPress
Edit a file called ‘header.php’ (or similar)
Find the correct place to add it (for example above or below the logo)
Paste in the code and save.

I only want to show the slideshow on my homepage, how can I do that?

Add the ‘restrict_to’ parameter to the shortcode, eg:

[metaslider id=XXX restrict_to=home]”);

Theme specific instructions:

It’s not working – what can I do?

Check out the troubleshooting page here:


Meta Slider is cropping my images in the wrong place – what can I do?


3.5 [13/03/17]

New slides will now be added as a new post type (ml-slide) (existing slideshows and slides will be unaffected)
Workaround/Fix: Don’t use WP_Image_Editor to load slide images that are missing metadata (invalid images)
Fix: Load admin JavaScript in footer
New: Add “metaslider_after_resize_image” action

3.4.2 [16/01/17]

Workaround/Fix: Don’t use WP_Image_Editor to load admin slide thumbnails, use wp_get_attachment_image_src instead. Attempts to fix white screen issues affecting some users. Related:
Fix: Load admin JavaScript in footer

3.4 [04/01/17]

This is the first in a series of small updates which will eventually allow us to remove restrictions in the plugin which prevent us from implementing certain functionality, including:

Changing a slide image
Using unique captions when the same slide has been added to more than one slideshow
Adding the same slide to a slideshow multiple times
Duplicating slides and sliders
Drafting slides
Scheduling slides

We are releasing this update in a number of small stages due to the number of users Meta Slider has. We are being overly cautious to ensure it’s a smooth transition. This update does not make any major changes to the current plugin functionality, but it does put in place the “scaffolding” code which we will rely on to implement further updates.

3.3.7 [06/05/16]

Fix: “Maximum level reached” error when inserting the shortcode for a slideshow into it’s own caption. Thanks to Zhouyuan @ Fortinet for reporting this.

3.3.6 [14/12/15]

Fix: Save Spinner

3.3.5 [22/09/15]

Prepare plugin for translation project (rename textdomain from ‘metaslider’ to ‘ml-slider’)
Small styling fix [29/07/15]

Fix Roots theme CSS conflict

3.3.4 [16/07/15]

Add HTML5 validation by applying a property=”stylesheet” attribute to meta slider CSS tags
Remove unused “Resource Manager” code
Chinese language pack updated (thanks to mamsds!)

3.3.3 [11/06/15]

Ukrainian language pack added (thanks to mister_r!)
Fix: Meta Slider hoplink incorrectly adding parameters to filtered url
Add “metaslider_attachment_url” filter

3.3.2 [16/04/15]

Fix: FPD Security issue. Thanks to Ole Aass (@oleaass) for finding and disclosing this issue.

More information:

The fix will prevent some servers (configured with ‘display_errors’ set to ‘on’) from disclosing the full path to certain files within Meta Slider.

3.3.1 [23/03/15]

Fix: Remove ‘create video playlist’ option from Media Library (on Meta Slider page only)
Fix: Support for Enhanced Media Library plugin
Fix: Return public slide when DOING_AJAX
Improvement: Use admin actions to save slideshow settings

3.3 [17/02/15]

New feature: Smart pad option (for Image Slides & Flex Slider only)
Portuguese language files added (thanks to mauro.mascarenhas)
Russian language files updated (thanks to asidoryak)

3.2.1 [16/12/14]

Change: Change slide image functionality backed out
Fix: Apply FireFox mobile fix to Flex Slider (github #1110)

3.2 [26/11/14]

New feature: Change slide image (click top right of slide thumbnail)
Update: German language files (thanks to Ov3rfly!)

3.1.1 [21/10/14]

Fix: restrict_to shortcode parameter
Change: Add metaslider_flex_slider_list_item_attributes filter

3.1 [14/10/14]

New feature: Ajax delete slide (to stop users from losing changes when deleting a slide)
New feature: restrict_to shortcode parameter now accepts page IDs
Update: Change icon
Fix: Minor admin styling fix
Fix: Hide share buttons for pro users
Change: Remove upgrade nags from media library, add Go Pro page (with an option to hide the page)

3.0.1 [19/08/14]

Fix: Escape admin setting text fields
Fix: Escape admin tab names (thanks to Dylan Irzi for spotting and reporting this!)
Change: Allow shortcode parameters to be filtered

3.0 [30/07/14]

This is not a major update. We’re just following the WordPress versioning conventions (3.0 comes after 2.9)

New feature: Set crop position for slides (requires WP 3.9+)
New feature: Disable cropping setting
Fix: Use get_posts instead of WP_Query to extract slideshows (fix conflicts with plugins using get_post_type in admin_footer hooks)
Change: Add filter for capability required to use meta slider

2.9.1 [15/07/14]

New feature: Hungarian Language Pack added
Fix: Escape attributes and JS in slideshow output (credit to jwenerd!)
Fix: Escape attributes and text fields in admin
New feature: Admin slide tabs can be modified with filters

2.9 [25/06/14]

New feature: Japanese Language Pack added
New feature: Persian Language Pack added
New feature: Switch between tab and list view
New feature: Added ms-left and ms-right css classes to align slideshow to left or right
Improvement: Flex Slider updated to 2.3.0-bleeding (fix initial image fade)
Fix: reference to window.parent in media library
Fix: Thumbnail outline in firefox

2.8.1 [28/04/14]

Fix: All in One Events Calendar conflict fix (Advanced Settings not toggling)
Fix: CSS resets to avoid theme conflicts
Fix: Autoload visibility conflict (
Fix: Layer Editor in IE11 – text fields not accessible in modal windows
Fix: FlexSlider IE11 Fade transition

2.8 [28/04/14]

New feature: Russian Language Pack added
Fix: Carousel image scaling in FireFox
Fix: wpautop issue with double ampersand
New feature: Shortcode parameter added to restrict slideshow to displaying on homepage only (see FAQ)
Improvement: Save slideshow after reordering slides
Fix: PHP Warning when no slideshows have been created

2.8-beta [16/04/14]

Improvement: Preview now uses admin-post action
Improvement: Classes are now auto loaded to reduce memory footprint
(Thanks to Viktor Szépe for the above suggestions!)
Improvement: Slideshow initilisation time reduced
Improvement: HTML5 Compatibility: Alt tags always present on image tag – even if empty.
Improvement: Flex Slider slideshows should now ‘reserve’ a space for themselves while they fully load
Update: Flex Slider updated to v2.2.2
New feature: Romanian Language Pack added (Thanks to Octav Madalin Stanoaia)
New feature: Dutch Language Pack added
New feature: WP Super Cache compatibility – cache is cleared when saving slideshow
New feature: HTML5 Compatibility (Experimental). Set define(‘METASLIDER_ENABLE_RESOURCE_MANAGER’, true); in wp-config.php to move Meta Slider link tags head of the page.

2.7.2 [25/03/14]

Fix: Only apply carousel margin to slides
Fix: Enqueue Easing library when carousel mode is enabled, regardless of effect selection
Fix: Thumbnail margin when theme has #content div

2.7.1 [19/03/14]

Fix: Remove easing parameter when effect is set to fade
Fix: Navigation options greyed out in IE
Fix: qTranslate captions not being processed (typo)

2.7 [18/03/14]

New feature: Crotatian Lang pack added
New feature: Carousel margin option added
New feature: Process shortcodes in captions
Improvement: Tab rename UX
Improvement: Admin save spinner functionality improved
Improvement: CSS Resets updated
Improvement: Use plugins_loaded action to initialise plugin
Fix: PHP Warnings when one slideshow exists
Fix: Smart Cropping sometimes not returning smart cropped image
Fix: Add z-index to meta slider, attempted conflict fix for themes with drop down menus.
Fix: Only include the easing library when transition effect is set to slide
Fix: White Label Branding plugin compatibility.
Change: “Responsive” option renamed to “R. Slides”. The (old) “Responsive” option refers to the “Responsive Slides” jQuery library, but users were getting confused as the naming suggested it was the only responsive option. Flex Slider & Nivo Slider are also responsive.

2.6.3 [23/01/14]

Improvement: Various admin screen styling improvements
Fix: Add ‘ms-‘ prefix to Advanced settings toggle boxes and Preview button (avoid theme conflicts)
Fix: RTL fixes
Improvement: Filters added for complete slideshow output
Improvement: Filter added for slide image label
Improvement: ‘No Conflict’ mode refactored
Improvement: ‘slider’ parameter added to flexslider before/start/after etc callbacks
Change: Renamed in admin menu from “Meta Slider Lite” to “Meta Slider”

2.6.2 [02/01/14]

Fix: Vantage background image tiling

2.6.1 [31/12/13]

Fix: Advanced settings arrow toggle
Fix: All in one SEO / Page builder / Meta Slider conflict
Fix: NextGen “Insert Gallery” conflict
New feature: Norwegian language pack added

2.6 [19/12/13]

Fix: Typo in metaslider_responsive_slide_image_attributes filter
Fix: Caption not working in Nivo Slider
Fix: Tab styling improved
Fix: New window styling improved in WP3.7 and below

More info/Comments:

2.6-beta [15/12/13]

New feature: Interface update for WordPress 3.8 admin redesign
New feature: ‘Stretch’ setting for full width slideshows
New feature: No conflict mode
New feature: ‘Add slider’ button for posts and pages
New feature: SEO options (add title & alt text to slides)
Change: CSS is now enqueued using wp_enqueue_style (Use a minification plugin or caching plugin to move styles to the if HTML5 validity is required – eg W3 Total Cache)

More info/Comments:

2.5 [25/11/13]

Fix: JetPack Photon conflict
Improvement: German Language pack added (thanks to gordon34)
Improvement: Chinese language pack updated (thanks to 断青丝)
Improvement: MP6 styling fixes

2.5-beta2 [14/11/13]

Fix: Vantage theme backwards compatibility
Fix: Flexslider anchor attributes filter

2.5-beta1 [12/11/13]

Fix: Center align slideshow

2.5-beta [12/11/13]

New Feature: ‘percentwidth’ parameter added to shortcode to allow for 100% wide slideshows
Improvement: Generate resized images through multiple Ajax requests on save (blank screen fix)
Improvement: IE9 admin styling tidied up
Improvement: Filters added to add/change attributes in and tags
Improvement: Security – nonce checking added
Change: Remove bottom margin from flex slider when navigation is hidden (add a CSS Class of ‘add-margin’ if you need the margin)
Fix: Add slides to slideshow in the same order they’re selected in the Media Library
Fix: Symlink path resolution
Fix: Do not try to resize/open images that are corrupt (missing metadata) (blank screen fix)

2.4.2 [17/10/13]

Fix: qTranslate caption & URL parsing for image slides

2.4.1 [17/10/13]

Fix: PHP Warning (reported by & thanks to: fgirardey)

2.4 [16/10/13]

Fix: FlexSlider styling in twenty twelve theme
Fix: IE10 – “Caption” placeholder text being saved as actual caption
Improvement: Settings table tidied up
Improvement: New slides are resized during addition to the slideshow
Improvement: Default slideshow size increased to 700×300
Improvement: Image filename now displayed for each slide (instead of image dimensions)
Improvement: Replace deprecated ‘live()’ jQuery call with ‘on()’
Improvement: Polish Language pack added (thanks to gordon34)
Improvement: Chinese language pack added (thanks to 断青丝)
Improvement: ‘metaslider_resized_image_url’ filter added (could be used to disable cropping)
Change: qTranslate support for slide URLs (see:
Change: PolyLang fix to ensure slides are extracted for all languages (set up a new slideshow for each language)
Change: WPML fix to ensure slides are extracted for all languages (set up a new slideshow for each language)

2.3 [18/09/13]

Improvement: Flex Slider upgraded to v2.2
Improvement: Responsive Slides upgraded to v1.54
Improvement: ‘Create first slideshow’ prompt added for new users
Change: ‘scoped’ attribute removed from inline CSS tag until browsers catch up with supporting it properly. A new filter has been added: “metaslider_style_attributes” if you wish to add the scoped attribute back in.
Change: wp_footer check removed due to confusion
New Feature: ‘metaslider_max_tabs’ filter added to convert tab list to ordered drop down menu
Fix: Remove ‘Insert Media’ tab from ‘Add Slide’ modal (WP 3.6 only)
New Feature: Filters added to allow modification of image slide HTML
Improvement: Settings area tidied up
Improvement: Image URL Field less restrictive
Improvement: HTML Output tidied up

2.2.2 [21/08/13]

Improvement: System check added with option to dismiss messages. Checks made for: role scoper plugin, wp_footer, wordpress version & GD/ImageMagick.

2.2.1 [08/08/13]

Fix: Responsive slides styling in FireFox (reported by and thanks to: dznr418)
Fix: Flex Slider carousel causing browser to crash in some circumstances

2.2 [01/08/13]

Fix: Paragraph tags being added to output using Nivo Slider

2.1.6 [22/07/2013]

Fix: Use the original image file if the slideshow size is the same size as the image file
Fix: Conflict with Advanced Post Types Order plugin
Fix: Colorbox conflict when using resizable elements in lightbox
Improvement: Refresh slides after clicking ‘save’
Improvement: Ensure taxonomy category exists before tagging slide to slideshow
Fix: Only submit form when submit button is clicked (not all buttons)
Fix: Coin slider caption width in FireFox
Improvement: Added hook to adjust carousel image margin

2.1.5 [24/05/13]

Fix: HTML 5 Validation

2.1.4 [21/05/13]

Fix: Widget markup invalid (reported by and thanks to: CarlosCanvas)

2.1.3 [21/05/13]

Fix: User Access Manager Plugin incompatibility issues (reported by and thanks to: eltipografico)

2.1.2 [21/05/13]

Fix: Nivo Slider theme select dropdown (reported by and thanks to: macks)
Fix: HTML5 Validation fix for inline styles
Improvement: Title field added to widget (suggested by and thanks to: pa_esp)
New feature: Spanish language pack (thanks to eltipografico)

2.1.1 [13/05/13]

Fix: PHP version compatibility

2.1 [12/05/13]

New feature: Widget added
New feature: System check added (checks for required image libraries and WordPress version)
Fix: Multiple CSS fixes added for popular themes
Fix: Flex slider shows first slide when JS is disabled
Improvement: Display warning message when unchecking Print JS and Print CSS options
Improvement: Coinslider navigation centered

2.0.2 [02/05/13]

Fix: PHP Error when using slides the same size as the slideshow

2.0.1 [28/04/13]

New feature: French language pack (thanks to: fb-graphiklab)
Fix: Use transparent background on default flexslider theme
Fix: Set direction to LTR for flexslider viewport (fix for RTL languages)
Fix: Nivoslider HTML Captions
Fix: Responsive slides navigation positioning

2.0 [21/04/13]

Fix: Responsive slides navigation styling
Fix: Update slide order on save
Fix: Smart crop edge cases
Fix: Flexslider navigation overflow

2.0-betaX [17/04/13]

Improvement: Error messages exposed in admin is Meta Slider cannot load the slides
Improvement: Load default settings if original settings are corrupt/incomplete
Fix: Smart Crop ratio
Fix: UTF-8 characters in captions (reported by and thanks to: javitopo)
Fix: JetPack Photo not loading images (reported by and thanks to: Jason)
Fix: Double slash on jQuery easing path
Fix: Paragraph tags outputted in JavaScript (reported by and thanks to: CrimsonRaddish)


New feature: Preview slideshows in admin control panel
New feature: ‘Easing’ options added to flex slider
New feature: ‘Carousel mode’ option added for flex slider
New feature: ‘Auto play’ option added
New feature: ‘Smart Crop’ setting ensures your slideshow size remains consitent regardless of image dimensions
New feature: ‘Center align slideshow’ option added for all sliders
New feature: Coin Slider upgraded to latest version, new options now exposed in Meta Slider
New feature: Captions now supported by responsive slides
Improvement: Responsive AJAX powered administration screen
Improvement: Code refactored
Improvement: Flex Slider captions now sit over the slide
Fix: Nivo slider invalid markup (reported by and thanks to: nellyshark)
Fix: JS && encoding error (reported by and thanks to: neefje)

1.3 [28/02/13]

Renamed to Meta Slider (previously ML Slider)
Improvement: Admin styling cleaned up
Improvement: Code refactored
Improvement: Plugin localised
Improvement: Template include PHP code now displayed on slider edit page
Improvement: jQuery tablednd replaced with jQuery sortable for reordering slides
New feature: Open URL in new window option added
Improvement: max-width css rule added to slider wrapper
Fix: UTF-8 support in captions (reported by and thanks to: petergluk)
Fix: JS && encoding error (reported by and thanks to: neefje)
Fix: Editors now have permission to use MetaSlider (reported by and thanks to: rritsud)

1.2.1 [20/02/13]

Fix: Number of slides per slideshow limited to WordPress ‘blog pages show at most’ setting (reported by and thanks to: Kenny)
Fix: Add warning when BMP file is added to slider (reported by and thanks to: MadBong)
Fix: Allow images smaller than default thumbnail size to be added to slider (reported by and thanks to: MadBong)

1.2 [19/02/13]

Improvement: Code refactored
Fix: Unable to assign the same image to more than one slider
Fix: JavaScript error when jQuery is loaded in page footer
Improvement: Warning notice when the slider has unsaved changes
Fix: Captions not being escaped (reported by and thanks to: papabeers)
Improvement: Add multiple files to slider from Media Browser

1.1 [18/02/13]

Improvement: Code refactored
Fix: hitting [enter] brings up Media Library
Improvement: Settings for new sliders now based on the last edited slider
Improvement: More screenshots added

1.0.1 [17/02/13]

Fix: min version incorrect (should be 3.5)

1.0 [15/02/13]

Initial version

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