15 Best CSS Sliders for Web Developers To Enhance Your Projects

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Day and night developers are spending time on their computer devices to find new ways for delivering effortless content experience through their web designs. CSS, HTML, and JavaScript all three play major role in the evolution of web design, and without inventing new ways to present content (but not forgetting the growth of each individual language), we’re risking of getting stuck in repetitive patterns that slow the web down, instead of speeding it up. CSS has certainly grown as a web styling language, nowadays you have preprocessors that act more like functional languages, and that makes room for diversity and flexibility to create libraries and scripts that the browser would understand natively. An emerging CSS trend right now is CSS sliders that use no external help of jQuery or JavaScript to achieve a smooth sliding effect for any type of content; static or dynamic.

This is possible because of CSS transforms and animation functions that are now widely being used in every aspect of front-end web development. With some practice (and certainly patience) it’s possible to achieve a solid sliding effect that without prior inspection will seem like a traditional jQuery implementation. We’ve gathered only the best CSS sliders that you can get your hands on right now, coming from a range of different perspectives and scenarios, combined these CSS sliders cover all important aspects of the sliders that you see on daily basis. Not only these improve performance, and are as much as three times faster than traditional sliders, they show us the direction that front-end is heading into, and it’s beautiful.

cssSlider

cssSlider

Strangely enough this is a desktop application (windows and mac) to create CSS sliders with. Good part is that the rendered slides are actually native CSS, so you won’t be seeing any holdbacks from having to load external JavaScript code. Optimized for hardware, these sliders are both elegant and performance optimized. They’re suitable for mobile apps and mobile websites, and if you plan on using on a website with visitors from old IE versions, you can opt to use the JavaScript fallback to make it work. Traditional sliders are usually packed with JavaScript and jQuery code, but not this one. Why bother with slowing your site down when native CSS can do the job, equally well? cssSlider offers its users themes, and the ability to customize colors of the slides you make too. The use of HTML5 makes these slides crawlable by search engines, in fact they might love you for using an efficient and lightweight solution.

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CSS3 Responsive Slider

CSS3 Responsive Slider

Responsive CSS3 Slider Without Javascript was crafted by Ian Hansson. At first glance it doesn’t seem like the slider is built using only CSS, the transitions are smooth and the design is exactly the same, the slider works because it uses the basic content float pattern where multiple images are aligned next to one another using margins. The slider also uses radio buttons to avoid having to use a single action each time. Transitions to mobile device sizes very effortlessly.

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CSS3 Sliding Content

CSS3 Sliding Content

This sliding content slider actually comes from a series of tutorials about CSS3, so on top of grabbing the code for the slider you could learn some more about CSS3 too. It uses a little bit of jQuery to manage the main classes, but the code is so tiny you won’t even feel the effects on your pages. It’s a nice little example of how a basic CSS slider looks like without much styling added to it, so for developers it is a chance to exercise their overlay skills to make it more appealing on the eye.

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Gallery CSS

Gallery CSS

Ben Schwarz runs multiple conferences on front-end development around Australia, and has numerous trending open-source libraries hosted on GitHub. Gallery CSS is amongst his most sought after libraries, and truly deserves all the attention it can get. It’s a stunning slider solution that uses pure CSS, whilst maintaining the high standards that we see JavaScript and jQuery developers use. Completely cross-browser compatible, see the preview demo homepage to see how wonderful it looks across a full-page implementation.

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Sequence.js

Sequence

Sequence prides itself as a responsive CSS framework for various animation effects: building native content sliders, creating web-based presentations, building banners, and other projects that would involve the onboarding (step by step) process. With the in-built CSS classes you can rapidly prototype an app or a widget that would involve a step by step user experience. Completely hardware optimized, you can achieve staggering frames per second rates, whilst maintaining that eloquent and modern feel. You can pick any of the free themes that Sequence devs provide, or purchase one of their premium ones, custom themes are available upon request and financial investment. Documentation shows the full extent of Sequence features, and explains how to use the API so you can use Sequence in unique scenarios.

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wallop

wallop

Wallop is all about the way you display your CSS classes. The intuitive interface can automatically adjust content on the page (the slider) based on the input from the user. It supports keyboard navigation, and has some CSS transition effects added, and all that comes at the fraction of a size of what jQuery would require. We won’t be surprised to see this trend develop into modern frameworks eventually, you can’t even tell the difference because everything runs so smoothly.

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CSS Accordion Slider

CSS Accordion Slider

Onur Adsay’s creative powers manifested themselves as this accordion slider built with pure CSS and HTML. He structured his creation in a way where you can fully customize it on the website itself to meet your needs of the number of slide windows you need, the kind of height and width you require, and even color customizations. The slider will find use both for onboarding purposes, but also for general content display on large pages. It’s similar to what you’d see bloggers use on their WordPress blogs, also known as Tabbed content. Each section (class) is divded separately and can contain any kind of content within itself, even interactive media or dynamic content; which you can see an example of as the last two accordions give you the final code to use, which is custom generated as you change the settings.

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Slider.css

Slider.css

What other situations are CSS slides being used in frequently? For sure the answer is slideshows. HTML generated CSS friendly slideshows have already been exposed to plenty of use by those who talk at conferences and events, but also by developers who want to use their websites to talk about interesting topics, or to host documentations for their projects. Slider.css is simple to navigate slideshow script with no JavaScript attached to it. It supports transitions, has a progress bar for Chrome users, is possible to minimize down, shows page numbers, and has a lightweight design that focuses on the slide content.

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Pure CSS Slider

Pure CSS Slider

If you ask Damian Drygiel why build a pure CSS slider he will quickly tell you that it’s because its possible to do, what other reason is necessary? Damian has built multiple trending CSS and HTML pens that have attracted the attention of thousands of developers, and CSS Slider is at the very top of those pens. This CSS code is built on the back of LESS. The slider has two ways to be navigated, custom arrows and radio buttons. Each slide can contain any information you desire, transitions are smooth and they support mobile devices.

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Pure CSS3 Slider

Pure CSS3 Slider

What about a CSS slider with an animation effect that automatically moves the sliders, much like a typical jQuery slider would? Pure CSS3 Slider from Elitewares is elegant, fast paced, and integrates with your full-page designs.

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Unfolding the Box Model

Unfolding the Box Model

Unfolding is yet another unique approach to using CSS transitions and transform to uncover content in sliding manner. With the help of your arrow keys, you can create a web page purely based on a sliding effect. Suitable for slideshows and interactive website concepts. Unfold can be attached to any class or content scenario, and content can be dynamically managed to reflect different states as users browse through the page. Content can also be hidden from the DOM until the particular element is reached.

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Pure CSS Slider with Custom Effects

Pure CSS Slider with Custom Effects

Nikolay Talanov wrote some spectacular pens in his career so far, a total of more than 300,000 views across his work on interactive CSS and HTML proof of concepts. Nikolay’s CSS slider with custom animation effects really goes to show the potential of using pure CSS to create a sliding effect for your content. Each of the slides in the demo show a different effect of transition as you navigate the content back and forth. Your users will never even guess that the slider you’re using was built with nothing but CSS.

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CSS Slider Puzzle Game

CSS Slider Puzzle Game

Mark Robbins has expertise in using CSS to gamify the experience. We wanted to show you this slider puzzle game because it shows the different ways that CSS can be used to achieve sliding effects. While you won’t use this particular example to show content on your website, you could gain some insightful answers as to how CSS interacts with HTML to create smooth transition effects.

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Pure CSS Horizontal Slide

Pure CSS Horizontal Slide

David Conner has built a portfolio of CSS sliders, and his horizontal slide is unique because it uses header menu items to navigate between the slides. Once a slide item is clicked, it automatically transitions to the next one, similar to how smooth page transitions work. Quite a few implementations could be applied to make this work on your own designs.

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