One of the most common features sought in a premium WordPress theme is the ability to have some kind of scrolling featured content slideshow on the home page. But an argument could easily be made that this kind of feature shouldn’t be theme-based but plugin-based so that it transfers from one theme to another. If you’re looking to add such a featured content slider to your existing site without changing themes, here are seven plugins worth checking into.
Featured Content Gallery
The Featured Content Gallery plugin has been around for a while and is usually easily recognized because the base code is also used in plenty of premium themes on the market, most notably many of the earlier StudioPress themes. It offers the ability to display some content snippets as an overlay.
DDSliderWP offers eleven transitions and a very slick backend control panel. It offers a ton of customization options, but it is premium, so you’ll need to invest about $20 to have its slickness on your blog.
Sugar Slider is quite nice in that it offers a multitude of display options including one very similar to SlideDeck (mentioned above). It also features a robust control panel to manage its features as well.
Featured Content Slide
There is very little in the way of a description on this plugin’s details page, but it has a nice aesthetic to it with a couple of different display options.
If you know of others, feel free to give us a link in the comments!