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How to Create a WordPress Image Carousel (2 Easy Ways)

Posted by Stacey Corrin on June 3, 2021

Do you want to embed an image carousel on your WordPress website?

Image carousels are an excellent way to showcase multiple images at once in an attractive slider gallery. But it’s often hard to find a tool that’s both powerful and easy to use if you’re a beginner.

So in this article, we’ll show you how to create a WordPress image carousel easily on your website.

A WordPress image carousel is a type of image gallery that slides automatically from one image to the next. This means you can show multiple images in a slideshow gallery instead of posting single images.

Image carousels allow desktop users to click through your images. And if your visitors are on mobile, they can easily tap or swipe to the next image.

There are many types of carousels available, including:

  • Post carousels for WordPress posts (and custom post types)
  • Video carousels for showing multiple videos
  • Image carousels for static photos and images

The great thing about carousel sliders is they take up less space than static images and videos. As such, you can use that space for other important content to educate your visitors or convince them to convert.

So how do you create an image carousel gallery on your WordPress website? Below we share 2 easy solutions.

The first method shows you how to add an image carousel with a free WordPress plugin. The second method uses a powerful premium WordPress plugin to create image carousels for your WordPress landing pages.

Method 1: Creating Free Image Carousels in WordPress

First is the popular Jetpack WordPress plugin. Jetpack is a free plugin that adds a ton of useful features to your WordPress site.

Jetpack WordPress plugin

For instance, it can scan your site for security issues and offers brute force protection from bots and hackers. You can also use it to lazy load images, share content to social media, and more.

More importantly, Jetpack has a feature that allows you to show full-screen carousel galleries in posts and pages. Keep reading to find out how to use Jetpack’s free WordPress image carousel feature.

Step 1: Install and Activate the Jetpack Plugin

The first step is to install and activate Jetpack. To do this, go to your WordPress admin area and click Plugins » Add New.

From there, scroll down until you see the Jetpack plugin and click Install Now, then Activate.

The next step is to go to Jetpack » Settings from the left-hand navigation panel and click the Writing tab.

At the top of the following screen, you’ll see the Media panel. In this area, click the Display images in a full-screen carousel gallery toggle to the on position.

You can also choose to:

  • Show photo Exif metadata in the carousel
  • Show comments area in the carousel

And pick a white or black color scheme.

Make sure you click the Save Changes button before moving on.

Step 3: Add a Slideshow to Your WordPress Post or Pages

Now you’re ready to create an image carousel in any WordPress post or page for free.

To easily add a carousel to a WordPress post, create a new post or edit an existing post. Then click the plus icon inside the block editor to add a new WordPress block and click the Slideshow block to add it to your post

Then, you can click the Upload button to start uploading images to your gallery from your computer. Or you can click the Media Library button to insert images that are already in your WordPress media library.

Now choose which images you want to add and click the Create New Gallery button.

On the next screen, you can add captions to your photos to explain what each image is about. Then just click the Insert Gallery button to add it to your post.

You should now see a preview of your image carousel in your WordPress post. It will have arrows that allow you to navigate between photos and pagination dots that show how many images are in the gallery.

In the slideshow settings panel on the right, you can choose transition effects, image sizes, and if you want the carousel to autoplay.

When you’re happy with how your image carousel looks, click the Publish or Update button. Now you can preview your post to see your image carousel gallery in action.

Method 2: Creating Image Carousels on WordPress Landing Pages

For the next method, we’ll use SeedProd to add a sliding carousel to your WordPress landing pages. 

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SeedProd is the best WordPress landing page builder on the market. It comes with an SEO-friendly drag-and-drop visual editor to create landing pages easily without hiring a developer or writing any code.

SeedProd’s powerful landing page blocks let you add a wide variety of features to your page to help increase your conversion rates.

For example, you can add:

  • Optin forms to collect email addresses and grow your email list
  • Pricing tables to easily highlight your best plans
  • Google Maps to show your physical location
  • Countdown timers to create a sense of urgency
  • Social media embeds to boost engagement and grow your followers
  • Call-to-action buttons to generate leads
  • Animated headlines to draw attention to your offer
  • Dynamic text for personalized pages
  • And more

SeedProd also has a ready-made Image Carousel block to add multiple carousels to your landing page. The smart slider lets you embed logo carousels, product image carousels, or any type of image slider you’d like. And the best thing is, it’s super-easy to use.

Let’s jump in and look at how to add image carousels to landing pages with SeedProd.

Step 1: Install and Activate the SeedProd Plugin

The first step is to download a copy of the SeedProd plugin. While SeedProd has a free version for creating simple landing pages, we’ll use the premium version to access all of the advanced features.

Next, upload, install and activate the plugin on your WordPress website. If you need help with this, follow these instructions for installing a WordPress plugin.

After activating the plugin, head to SeedProd » Settings, where you can enter your SeedProd license key. You can find your license key in your SeedProd account area in the Downloads section.

Verify your seedprod license key

Step 2: Create a WordPress Landing Page

The next step is to navigate to SeedProd » Pages to create a new landing page.

SeedProd landing page modes

At the top of this page are 4 different page modes you can activate with a single click, including:

Under the page mode section, you’ll see any landing page you create with the SeedProd plugin. You can make as many custom WordPress pages as you like.

create a new landing page

Click the Create New Landing Page button to make a new page. Doing so shows SeedProd’s library of responsive landing page templates.

SeedProd landing page templates

You can choose any landing page design you like, but we suggest picking a template that is close to how you want your page to look. That way, you won’t need to make too many changes.

For this post, we’ll use the Travel Webinar Page template, which you can find by clicking the Webinar tab along the top of the screen.

To choose this template, hover your mouse over the thumbnail and click the orange tick icon.

Next, you’ll see a popup where you can add a page name. The page name won’t appear on your landing page design, but it does set your page’s URL. So, choose a name that makes sense to your visitors when they visit your page.

Now click the Save and Start Editing the Page button.

Step 3: Customize Your Landing Page Content

After launching your template, you’ll see SeedProd’s page builder screen. With the drag-and-drop interface, you can edit every part of your template.

The left-hand sidebar has a wide selection of blocks that you can drag and drop onto your page. Once a block is on your page, you can click it to show the content, templates, and advanced customization settings.

For example, if you want to add your logo to your landing page, just drag the Image block from the left-hand panel and drop it onto your page.

drag and drop responsive page builder

From there, you can upload a new image or choose a logo from your WordPress media library. You can also adjust the size, alignment and add a link.

If you want to customize your page’s colors, fonts, and background, it’s just as easy. From the bottom-left area of your page builder, click the gear icon to show the Global Settings panel.

seedprod global settings

You can click the Fonts, Colors, or Background tabs to customize your landing page. For example, if you click the Background tab, you can upload a custom background image or change the gradient or color.

Customize your landing page background

You also have the option to use a video background or a background slideshow.

But the reason why you’re here is to add a carousel to your page easily. To do this, you can use SeedProd’s Image Carousel block.

For this example, we’ll replace the main hero image with a sliding carousel. So first, hover over the existing image and click the trashcan icon to remove it.

Delete the default template block

Next, select the Image Carousel block from the Advanced Blocks panel and drag it onto your page.

Choose the SeedProd image carousel block

You can click the block on your page to see the carousel settings. For example, clicking the Image 1 section shows an option to use your own image from your computer or media library or choose a royalty-free stock image.

Add images to your WordPress image carousel

After adding an image to the carousel, you can enter an image caption and click the Add Images button to insert more photos to your carousel slider.

In the Carousel Settings panel, you can adjust your image slider more. For example, you can:

  • Choose a dark or light navigation color
  • Choose to autoplay your carousel gallery
  • Select the autoplay speed in seconds
  • Show or hide image captions
  • Select the gallery alignment
Carousel image settings

If that isn’t enough, you can click the Templates tab to change your gallery image style with fewer clicks. For instance, we chose a style with an image drop-shadow.

WordPress image carousel templates

And in the Advanced tab, you can customize the caption typography, borders, spacing, and more.

When you’re happy with how your landing page carousel looks, click the green Save button in the top-right corner of your screen.

Save your landing page design

Step 5: Configure Your Landing Page Settings

After perfecting your landing page design, there are several settings you can configure.

First, you can click the Connect tab at the top of your screen to connect your favorite email marketing service. This is an excellent way to ensure that any new leads are automatically added to your email list.

SeedProd email marketing integtrations

SeedProd integrates with all major email marketing providers, including:

Check out our email integration documentation for help on connecting your email list.

Next, click the Page Settings tab to see other settings you can configure in SeedProd. There are typically 5 sections on the settings page, but this depends on the type of page you build and your SeedProd plan.

landing page settings

For example, you can edit your general settings and give your page a new name, URL or set it to draft or publish.

You can also connect a Google Analytics plugin and WordPress SEO plugins to track and improve your page’s performance.

And in the Scripts area, you can add custom scripts and code snippets, such as cookies and tracking pixels.

Lastly, the Custom Domain section lets you connect your page to any domain name you like without installing WordPress on it.

When you’ve finished configuring your page settings, remember to click the Save button.

Step 6: Publish Your Landing Page

Before you publish your landing page, it’s a good idea to preview it on mobile. You should do this to ensure your design looks good for mobile users; otherwise, it can hurt their user experience.

To see a preview of your page, click the Mobile Preview icon at the bottom of your screen.

Preview your landing page on mobile

You can then view your page as it would look to anyone browsing from a mobile device and make changes with the visual editor.

You can also quickly move between desktop and mobile text elements in any block with typography settings. This allows you to make changes to either your mobile or desktop page without switching view mode.

Edit your landing page for mobile devices

When you’re happy with both your mobile and desktop landing page versions, click the dropdown arrow on the green save button and select Publish.

Publish your landing page with WordPress image slider

Then you can click the See Live Page button on the following screen to preview your landing page.

Landing page with a WordPress image carousel slider

Your page is now live, complete with a fully responsive WordPress image carousel to showcase multiple images at once.

We hope this post helped you learn how to create an image carousel in WordPress. You might also like this guide on creating a link in bio page to send social media traffic to your website.

Creating and customizing any WordPress page with SeedProd is super easy. It doesn’t require any code, you won’t need to hire a developer, and the result is a landing page focused on converting your traffic into leads and sales.

So, what are you waiting for?

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