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How to Create a Video and Image WordPress Slider (The Easy Way)

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Are you wondering how to create a video and image WordPress slider?

Sliders are a great way to show off your content and grab the attention of your website visitors. They can highlight important or featured content without taking up a ton of space on the page.

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to easily create a video and image WordPress slider with Soliloquy.


Why Create a Video and Image WordPress Slider?

Let’s face it: content sliders are awesome. When done right, they conserve precious screen real estate and help engage visitors immediately upon landing on your page.

A video and image slider is a slider that contains both videos and images. Sometimes, you will want both videos and images in one slider rather than creating sliders for one or the other.

Let’s say you have a real estate website for various home listings. You can add pictures of the home along with a video walkthrough inside, giving users a more interactive experience.

Or you can use your content slider to add user testimonials or portfolio items. Some plugins may even offer an auto-play function so visitors will see the video immediately.

Beyond that, a slider is a great way to group content in one place. Rather than spacing your videos and images vertically, you can categorize them all in one slider.

If you want to showcase testimonials on your landing page, then it’s much better to have them in a slider so that visitors can watch them all at once rather than scrolling down.

You could also use a slider to showcase featured content so that you can direct traffic to your most important pages.

With that being said, we will be covering how to create a video and image WordPress slider on your website.

Step 1: Install a WordPress Slider Plugin

The easiest way to create a video and image slider is with Soliloquy. It is the best WordPress slider plugin, with over 900,000 installs. You can easily create simple sliders using images from the media library along with videos hosted on third-party platforms like YouTube.

When added to your website, the slider will look great on all devices, including laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

Soliloquy WordPress Image Slider

That’s why many websites use Soliloquy sliders on their most important pages, such as the home page, sales page, and landing page.

Best of all, you don’t have to write a single line of code to do it!

To get started, all you have to do is install and activate the Soliloquy plugin on your website. If you need help with installation, check out our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

The good news is that you can use the free version of Soliloquy for this tutorial.

That said, you may want to consider the Pro version if you need addons such as a lightbox feature, password protection, featured content, and other integrations like Instagram, Pinterest, and WooCommerce.

Step 2: Add Responsive Video Slides in WordPress

Upon activation, you will need to head over to Soliloquy » Add New in the WordPress admin area.

From there, you can give your slider an appropriate title.

Now, you are ready to add all of the media content to your slider. Here is where you can add both videos and images.

Go ahead and click on ‘Select Files From Other Sources.’

add new slide

Note: While you could upload videos from your computer to WordPress, we don’t recommend it since it will slow down your site. Instead, you should use YouTube or another video hosting platform. Check out our list of the best tips to speed up WordPress performance to learn more strategies.

You will see a popup window appear with options to insert media files. We will start by inserting our video slides.

To do that, head over to the ‘Insert Video Slide’ tab. Give your video slide a title, video URL, image URL, alt text, and caption.

Make sure you grab the video URL from a third-party hosted platform like YouTube.

Insert video slide

If you want to add more slides, all you need to do is simply click on the ‘Add Another Video Slide’ button.

Then, you will add in the information you need for this slide.

Add another video slide

Once you’ve added all the video slides, go ahead and click on the ‘Insert into Slider’ button.

Your slides will appear at the bottom of the page to edit later if needed.

Insert into slider

Step 3: Add Image Sliders in WordPress

Now that you’ve got all your video slides in place, you are ready to add image slides.

With image slides, you can just drag and drop pictures from your computer, which is the easiest way to add these files.

upload images

That said, you can also use the media library to add slides as well.

To add from your media library, simply click on ‘Select Files from Other Sources.’

Select files from other sources

From here, the Add Media window will appear.

Go ahead and select the images you’d like to add. Then, hit the ‘Insert into Slider’ button.

Insert into slider from media library

Once you are done adding image slides, you should see all of the slides in the bottom section of the slider.

Feel free to rearrange them in the appropriate order to fit your needs.

rearrange slider

Step 4: Edit the Slider Settings

You can make minor adjustments to customize how the slider will appear to visitors. Scroll down and head over to the ‘Configuration’ tab to access the settings.

You can edit options such as the slider theme, image size, slider dimensions, and more.

Configuration tab

The slider theme affects the layout of the slide, so you can toggle the various options. If you have access to the Pro version of Soliloquy, then you can also install the Slider Themes addon for more customization options.

If you scroll down, you will see the ‘Autoplay Video’ option. You can check the box to enable autoplay so that the video automatically starts before the user can continue down the page.

autoplay video

Autoplay can be great for product explainer videos or sales pages to engage users, reducing the chances they will click away.

After you’ve finished adjusting the settings, you just need to hit the ‘Publish’ button.

publish button

Step 5: Display Your Slider in Pages or Posts

Now, all that’s left to do is publish your slider on a page or post.

You could easily copy and paste the shortcode if you are still using the WordPress Classic Editor. For more information, follow our tutorial on how to add a shortcode in WordPress.

copy shortcode

That said, if you are using the newer Gutenberg block editor, then Soliloquy has a block you can use that directly links to all of your sliders.

Just head over to Pages/Posts » Add New or edit an existing page/post.

Next, click on the ‘+’ icon and find the Soliloquy block.

From here, you can select the video and image slider you just created.

Once you are done, simply hit ‘Publish’ or ‘Update.’

publish slider

Then, you can preview your slider to make sure it looks good.

It should look something like this.

image and video slideshow gif

Bonus: Add a Lightbox to Your WordPress Sliders

Soliloquy has a wide range of addons that can enhance your sliders and provide a more interactive experience for visitors.

For example, if you are adding a slider, then there’s a good chance you will want to add a lightbox as well.

By adding the lightbox effect to your sliders on your WordPress website, you’ll be able to show off your content in a more professional way.

When users click on your images or videos, it will open in a popup window on your site. Lightboxes create a more immersive viewing experience for your visitors so they can view the content in greater detail. They can even download the media files on their computers or share the images on social media.

If you run a photography website, then the lightbox effect lets visitors view your images without the distraction of other elements on your site, which boosts engagement. For online stores, lightboxes will help to create more engaging product galleries.

To add a lightbox to your slider, just go to Soliloquy » Addons. Scroll down to the Lightbox Addon and click on ‘Install Addon.’

install lightbox addon

Once installed, it will appear in the settings for your slider.

From here, you will be able to adjust the effects and layouts, add navigation arrows, the theme of the lightbox, and more.

lightbox settings

Once enabled, the lightbox should work automatically.

Preview your slider, and it should look something like this.

lightbox slider preview

We hope this article helped you learn how to create a video and image WordPress slider. You may also want to check out our list of the must-have WordPress plugins and tools for business sites or our ultimate WordPress SEO guide to help you get more traffic to your website.

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  1. Syed Balkhi says

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  2. Pete Kici says

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    Things I was mostly guessing on now I get.

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    Thank you for all the great content

  3. Maggie Shnayerson says

    Hi Syed,

    Actually, I was taking issue with SlideDeck eliminating a feature for existing customers for which they’d already paid, not with business decisions they make for future customers. I agree Digital Telepathy has every right to make those, whether I like them or not. I also wasn’t complaining about your piece.

    To your point about pricing, yes, with their June update they cut the price for their personal license from $79 to $49, but, as their terms of service declare, those of us who bought it between their launch in March and June shouldn’t expect a refund. Fair enough certainly, if they kept the feature set intact. They implemented an automatic license upgrade for those customers, but unfortunately, it doesn’t do much to tell us to be grateful we’re not paying full-freight for licenses that still carry a lesser feature set than the ones we’d purchased to begin with. Even at the new $49, SlideDeck makes the alternative sliders I mentioned, and yes, obviously the free Nivo slider, seem like attractive options. I like SliderPro because it’s nice to support individual developers and it’s got an easier UI for my users than Nivo.

    You didn’t answer whether you’re an affiliate. Are you? I don’t think it should matter, but I like knowing those things upfront.

    SlideDeck is absolutely worth giving a try and I agree that they seem to have an engaged forum response team.


    • Editorial Staff says

      Hi Maggie,

      I did answer your question about the affiliate program. If you read my response to your earlier comment, it clearly has the answer in the first 3 lines.



  4. Adrian says

    Hello, I just installed SlideDeck 2 Developers License to my site. Installation and activation all said successful. However, I can not find an options screen for Slide Deck 2 anywhere. Am i missing it somewhere or do you think there’s interference from another plugin, etc? Thx!

      • Adrian says

        Thanks for the quick response. Where would the options screen normally be? In the left side menu under Settings, or a button of its own?

        • Adrian says

          Got Slidedeck 2 to work properly, it was a stupid mistake. When I was downloading the purchase, I didn’t realize you had to install all the zip files, I just chose the one that looked like the version I purchased. Very, very pleased with Slidedeck 2 and I absolutely hated Slidedeck 1. They definitely revolutionized their old user interface. I especially like the option to turn on and off iframes. I also really like the admin area – the font, lens, color scheme, etc. selectors are very intuitive and user friendly.

          I think a really helpful tutorial that you might want to do would be to go over the basics of building a custom lens for Slidedeck 2…

  5. Maggie Shnayerson says

    Oh and “Editorial Staff,” especially given that you’re respond to commenters using the personal pronoun, who wrote this piece please? I’d like to ask if WPBeginner is a part of SlideDeck’s new affiliate program and if you could acknowledge ties like that in future posts regardless. Thanks for the site, I’ve always enjoyed it.

    • Editorial Staff says

      Hey Maggie,

      All comments were responded by myself (Syed Balkhi). The article itself was written by David. Is WPB a part of their “NEW” aff. program. NO. We were part of their OLD affiliate program way before it was even publicized to this extent. Like I said, I have known the DTelepathy team for a while now.

      There is a FTC Disclosure link on every single page on our site (look in the footer). –

      That will explain to users how they can tell if a specific link on WPBeginner is an affiliate link or not (It’s also not Legal Jargon either, fairly easy to read).

      Lastly, we don’t promote just about anything that exist. We are actually using this plugin and have been for a while. It was in use in our last design as well. I personally believe that this is by far the BEST slider plugin for WordPress that exists. Because it’s an opinion, you are more than welcome to disagree with it. I’m using it in all of my projects, and I will continue to use it until I truly find a better solution.



  6. Gautam Doddamani says

    i normally dont use plugins for creating slider…couple months back i created my own image slider from scratch and i liked it very much…but i didnt find time to optimise the code and it was causing a drag when loading pages so removed it. if i use a cdn service in future i will deifinitely put it up back or use slidedeck instead..thanks for the tut :)

  7. Brian Krogsgard says

    Slidedeck’s UI is terrible.

    As is plainly obvious in your screenshots. It doesn’t even attempt to follow a standard WordPress structure. It is a usibility nightmare for an admin.

    Not to mention the top level menu item label it adds. Why can’t it just say “Sliders” or something subtle (Gravity Forms does this without sacrificing marketing – a simple “Forms” title and subtle icon).

    And when I tried Slidedeck 1, it hijacked the top spot on the side metabox on EVERY post type in the edit screen to insert a stupid slider. And it was super branded even on that page.

    There are better solutions that are less obtrusive. I would never want my clients to be bombarded with all of their garbage marketing in the WordPress dashboard.

    • Editorial Staff says

      Comment regarding the UI is simply your “purist” opinion, which you are entitled to. You are assuming that the available WP UI “the standard WP structure” is great for everything which it’s not. I can’t imagine how ugly and complicated the UI would be if they used the built-in styles. Everything would have to be a custom meta box. Currently, it is laid out in a much more “user-friendly” way. Metabox UI is great for simpler things. But when it starts to get this complex, it just starts looking UGLY and old.

      I agree with the marketing comment. The logos and such can definitely be toned down.

      As for the comment regarding SD taking over the side meta box. Yes, it did use to that in the old version. They have come out with this NEWER version. It no longer does that. You can check it out in their Live Demo. They are now using the little icon next to Upload/Insert just like Gravity Forms.

      There are better WordPress slider plugins that let you add dynamic external content, blog posts, custom HTML content, custom skins etc from the WP admin panel? I am NOT aware of any that provides all of this. If there are any, then please let me know. I would be happy to take a look at them. From a developer’s standpoint sure there are jQuery plugins that will let you do all of this, but that requires code knowledge. For your clients, sure give them what you like. If you don’t want any marketing, then probably best NOT to use any popular free plugin that ask for donation (Yoast SEO, W3 Total Cache etc).

      From a user’s standpoint, this is by far the BEST solution that exist. It lets you have all the options you want without the coding know-how.


      • Brian Krogsgard says

        There’s no doubt that it’s got loads of options. Depending on who you ask, that could be good or bad. And you’re right, I speak from a developer mindset.

        However, even for your average user that needs an average slider, a product like Meteor Slides is far cleaner and leaner and totally sufficient for a large percentage of use cases

        For more advanced functionality, yes, I roll my own. And I use a couple of different tools for it, but largely Flex Slider can get that job done. Soliloquy appears to be a pretty good solution for people that don’t want to code that themselves, and it’s a much nicer UI than Slidedeck. Might not have every option, but it’s got a lot. And Slidedeck could learn from its interface.

      • Pippin Williamson says

        I’d be inclined to agree with Brian completely here.

        In response to “I can’t imagine how ugly and complicated the UI would be if they used the built-in styles. Everything would have to be a custom meta box.”, I’d just tell you to look at Soliloquy. It uses 98%-ish pure WP styles in meta box layouts and it is very effective and easy to use.

        I haven’t used Slidedeck in a really, really long time, so I can’t say anything else about it, just my two cents on the UI.

        • Editorial Staff says

          Pippin, I have seen screenshots of Soliloquy, that is why I made that comment. It cannot compare with the UI of SlideDeck. First because it doesn’t have nearly as much features as SD. Second, even without all the features, the UI looks crowded. Like I said, the Meta Box UI looks good when there are NOT as many options. But as you start adding more and more options, it can get pretty clunky. A tab based UI like SD and other commercial themes should be adapted and standardized (to match the admin look and feel) for more complex options panel.

        • Brian Krogsgard says

          If they insist on vertical tabs, why not something more subtle like the Upthemes Framework? It’s the same kind of panel without the cheesy and obtrusive faux-mac-app stuff that has no place in the WP admin.

          And I disagree that the WP UI can’t handle it. If you’ve seen the WooCommerce settings pages, you know that it can do pretty well. It’s not perfect, and a vertical tab structure could be introduced for these type heavy-settings plugins. But if you’re to that point, I’d argue you have too many settings ; )

        • Editorial Staff says

          Brian, I agreed with you about the marketing comment. I definitely like what UpThemes have done in terms of UI for users.

          As for WooCommerce, sure it handles it. But it is pretty darn complicated. I am in favor of introducing a vertical tab-based structure for better UI for such things. As for your argument about too many settings, we can have that another day because theoretically we can argue on just about everything :)

      • Maggie Shnayerson says

        There are indeed: SliderPro ( will cost you about $25 and gives you far more functionality, customization and documentation. I just deleted SlideDeck from a client’s site in favor of SliderPro because of the way they handcuff their customers. See the discussion on their blog here: I stand by my points there.

        SlideDeck’s backend is pretty if resource-heavy but it’s hard to justify $80 for the casual WordPress user who wouldn’t feel limited by their entry-level license and lack of customizability and even harder to justify the $200 price tag for the developer license when far cheaper alternatives exist for those who know even just a little about HTML.

        CodeCanyon sells a lot of great premium sliders—my favorite is SliderPro ( but I also like the $20 uBillBoard ( and the $25 RoyalSlider ( They have different strengths and limitations, but luckily you can buy all three for less than the price of entry to Slidedeck.

        • Editorial Staff says

          I read your comment there. It seems that you are complaining about not having a feature reserved for the higher plan. It’s like me complaining to Gravity Forms that they should have or PayPal add-on as a Basic add-on rather than developer. Integration of that is fairly simple (so it should be qualified as a Basic Level add-on). Why did they decide to make it a developer level add-on. Heck why don’t they just give us all for $19 instead? The same can be argued with a lot of other products (clothing brands, cars etc). This is a business decision by the company who owns the product. Some users are ok paying for it while others aren’t. If it doesn’t suit your pocket, then you don’t have to pay for it.

          It doesn’t cost $80. The basic plan is $49 and with >> WPB-SD2 << coupon u get 20% off making it $40. As for cheaper alternatives for those who know a little about HTML, I wouldn't even bother paying anything to SliderPro, uBillbloard, or Royal Slider. Might as well just use Nivo Slider and get it over with. It's FREE and pretty well written. They also have good documentation. This article was written specifically for beginners focusing on Video and Images (as stated in the title). I personally haven't tried the 3 cheaper plugins you mentioned in the past. Because like I said above, if I had to code it all without paying a dime, then I would just go with Nivo. Lose the backend functionality (because I know HTML). I have known the folks from SD for a while now. I have seen the development of the product, and it has come a long way. SD2 has tons of new features. I know when I talked to them in the very early stages, documentation initiative was something that we talked about. I agree with you that the documentation is limited as of now, and I'm sure they will get to that soon. However, in my experience, the support has been more than helpful whenever anyone in our team has asked questions. -Syed

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