Adding video content to your website can be a great way of engaging your audience. A study has shown that people will spend 2.6 times more time on pages with video on average. Furthermore, the average internet user spends 88% more time on a site when it has video content. Using high-quality video content might just be the push your site needs to stand out. While there are a lot of different ways to add videos to your site, using sliders will allow you to add a lot of videos without making it seem overwhelming to the users. Not only that, sliders can make your site feel lively and animated. So, we are going to show you how to add a WordPress Video Slider easily in this article.
Adding a WordPress Video Slider
In this tutorial, we are going to use the powerful Smart Slider 3 plugin. You will first have to install and activate the plugin. You can consult our article on installing WordPress plugins if you are confused as to how that is done. Once that is over with, you can move on to the next step.
From your Admin Dashboard, navigate to Smart Slider and click on ‘NEW SLIDER’.
It will cause a new window to pop up. Here, you can enter your name, width, as well as height, for your slider. This video slider WordPress plugin also allows you to select between a few presets underneath. Once you’re done with the details, just click on the Create button.
In this new page, you can add slides or scroll down to edit the various settings for your slider. In order to add a video, you will need to click on the large ‘ADD SLIDE’ button and click on Video. After that, enter the YouTube or Vimeo URL in the ‘Video url’ field. Once you’re done, click on ‘ADD VIDEO’ and you’re going to have this video as a slide. To add another video, just repeat this process.
This plugin also allows you to reorder all your slides easily through Drag and Drop. If you want to do more operations with a slide, just hover the cursor over it and click on small icon on the top right. From here, you can copy, duplicate, unpublish, delete or even set the slide as first.
Now you should scroll down and alter the various settings to fit your liking. Here, you can also play around with the various stylistic choices including the animation, size, design, etc.
In order to test how the slideshow looks, you can click on the ‘PREVIEW’ button on the top left. If you’re happy with everything, click on the ‘SAVE’ button on the top right.
To add your slider to a post or page, you can simply paste the shortcode. To find the shortcode for your slider, select the ‘PUBLISH’ tab underneath your slides and look under the Shortcode section.
You can also simply add a Gutenberg Block for Smart Slider 3, which can be found under the Common Blocks section. Now, you can easily select from the existing sliders from the block.
Now check how it looks on the front end and decide if you’re satisfied.
Wrapping it Up:
And there you go! As you can see, it is very easy to add a WordPress video slider. It is a more engaging way of presenting videos and can make your site look livelier. We hope this article was helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comment section below.
Sliders can be an engaging way of presenting items. To make an immediate impact on your visitors, you can also turn the WordPress header into a slideshow. We also have a handy guide on embedding videos to WordPress, in case you wanted to learn how that is done.
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