If you are compiling a list of website features that will make your WordPress site stand out, then the slider will be at the top of the list. However, if you really want an impressive custom website, you will need a slider with dynamic content capabilities.

What is dynamic content?

Dynamic content is content that changes on a web page based on website data or user behavior.

The opposite of dynamic content is static content. For static content, the web page will remain exactly the same regardless of the user or time.

The landing page usually displays the exact same title, description, and call-to-action, regardless of who clicks on it. This is a good example of your tendency to find static content.

You can see the login page for downloading WordPress below. No matter how you get to the page, you will see exactly the same information because it is static.

WordPress static pages

However, sometimes static content does not work. For example, if you run a blog, you most likely want the latest posts to appear at the top. If the content is static, then your blog will always display the same post at the top. However, if it is dynamic, then every time you publish a new post, the order will automatically (or dynamically) change.

The following is the WPExplorer blog. Every time WPExplorer publishes a new blog post, it will automatically appear as the latest post in the upper left corner.

WordPress dynamic pages

There are other examples of when you might need dynamic content. If you run a travel website that sells travel packages, you will need to customize a post type for your travel, and each tour will be displayed on its own post.

Now you can design each travel post individually, but it takes time and effort. What if you want to change the tour layout? You must edit each tour individually so that they have the same structure. Likewise, you will create unnecessary work for yourself.

Dynamic custom post type

The best solution is to create a Template to display your custom post. On this template, you can add dynamic content for post titles, images, prices, etc. This means that now when you click on each different travel post, the content will change. For example, a travel post about Semuc Champey will contain content about Semuc Champey, and a travel post about the Valley of the Kings will… well, you get the idea.

What types of dynamic sliders are there?

There are two types of dynamic sliders to enhance your custom website.

1. Dynamic image slider

Dynamic image slider

The dynamic image slider is an image slider that you can add to the template and display different images from the database based on the post you click.

For example, on a gym website, your gym may have a custom post type that will contain many gym posts. On each gym post, you need to display an image slider with an image of that gym. Therefore, the image for each gym post you click will be different.

The easiest way is to create a dynamic image slider. Whether you click on “Downtown Fitness Center” or “Balanced Gym”, the static image slider will show the same image, while the dynamic image slider will show the image you add to each post on the backend.

2. Dynamic post content slider

Dynamic post content slider

Sometimes the slider will contain more than just images. In fact, many of the sliders you may encounter on the homepage contain more information related to the image.

For example, on a gym website, you might want to create a slider with three images, each showing a different gym. The question is, if you only display images, how do users know the name of the gym, membership price, and available facilities? The simplest solution is to add a slider with dynamic post content based on custom fields.

You may be wondering why this content needs to be dynamic? Treat each slide on the slider as a page. As you turn the “page” of each slider, you want to change the content to display information about different gyms.

Of course, if the content is static, then it will not change, you only need to display the same background image, post title, call to action, etc. But for dynamic content, you will ensure that every slide shows information from every gym.

What is the best plugin for creating dynamic sliders?

There are many great slider plugins to ensure that you can include two types of dynamic sliders, regardless of your coding skills.

1. Tools


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The first plugin is one of the most versatile resources for building custom websites, Toolset.

Toolset created Toolset Blocks, a Gutenberg extension that specifically allows WordPress users of all experience levels to easily display custom content, such as sliders, as well as custom fields, design templates, files, etc., without coding.

Instead of PHP, you can use Toolset’s unique set of blocks, which are ready for dynamic content. A big advantage of Toolset is its functionality. In addition to the slider, you can also create many other important functions, such as search, front-end forms, and maps.

2. Slider revolution

Slider revolution

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If you want as many options as possible to customize your slider, Slider Revolution is an excellent plugin. One of these options is a dynamic slider.

However, while you can build dynamic sliders, you cannot create custom fields from which you might want to draw content. You need to choose a theme with built-in custom fields, or write your own code.

Slider Revolution does provide more than 200 templates, so you can instantly build a website that includes sliders.

3. Smart Slider 3

Smart Slider 3

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Smart Slider 3 allows you to create dynamic sliders using content generated from many sources such as WordPress posts and pages, WooCommerce products, and social media channels including Facebook.

With the professional version of Smart Slider 3, you can import predefined slider examples and draw from 20 sources in WordPress.

How to create a dynamic image slider

Now that you know which dynamic sliders can be added to your website and the best plugins, I will now show you how to create them. In this example, I will use the toolset and its Gutenberg block.

For detailed step-by-step video tutorials, you can check the Toolset’s Template dynamic slider guide.

I will use Toolset for free Gym Reference Website And add my dynamic image slider to its gym post type. Each of my gyms will contain a dynamic image slider that displays its image.

1. Use custom fields to create custom post types

Before we add the slider itself, we need to add the information we will display in the slider and build the structure in which it will appear.

We need to create two parts of custom content-custom post types and custom fields.

You can see below how to use Toolset to create custom post types by simply adding a name.

Custom post type with custom fields

After getting the gym post type, you need to add content next. To do this, you need to set the structure of each post by creating custom fields.

For the dynamic image slider, you will need a custom field for the image. Of course, the image slider will contain multiple images, but custom fields usually store only one item of data. So how to add more?

Using the toolset, you can create repetitive custom fields that store multiple data. In this case, we will be able to store multiple images and display them all on our dynamic image slider.

In order to make the custom field repeatable, all you need to do is to select the relevant box when creating the field. You can see below how I repeated my “Gym Photo Gallery”.

Duplicate custom fields

As you can see, my gym post already has many custom fields, including rating, address, and business hours.

Gym custom fields

2. Add media to the post

Now that we have a custom field for the slider, we need to add the media we want to display as an image. To do this, we go to each of our posts and click to add an image, just like you add a featured image.

Just click the “+” button to upload the image.

Add media to the post

These images will now serve as the “source” for the dynamic slider. This means that every gym post will display any images added to its “gym photo library” on the front end.

3. Add slider

After you have prepared custom fields and added content, you can now use them to create dynamic sliders. Before creating a dynamic slider, you need to have created a template for your post.

First, I inserted the Image Slider block of the Toolset into the template. Because we have uploaded the image to the gym photo library, we can select the dynamic source and select the custom field from which we want to extract the image.

Add slider and select dynamic source

Your slider will display the image you uploaded to the custom field.

Dynamic source slider

You can check whether the slider really displays dynamic content by switching between posts using the drop-down menu at the top of the editor. After selecting a new post, it will load the content of that post-including dynamic image sliders.

Although the above example uses the toolset, most WordPress sliders with dynamic content options work the same way. In most cases, you need to create content first, and then select the “dynamic” source when adding the slider to a post, page, or template.

How to create a slider with dynamic post content

In addition to images, you can also add multiple fields to the slider (including custom fields such as price, rating, buttons, excerpts, etc.).The tool set also provides a complete step-by-step video Create a custom slider.

1. Use custom fields to create custom post types

Just like using a dynamic image slider, you first need to create a custom post type using custom fields. I will reuse the gym post type.

2. Add dynamic source for Slider

However, unlike the dynamic image slider, you will use the view block of the toolset. This allows you to load posts from the database and display them as a list-including as a slider.

View block of toolset

After inserting the view block, use the wizard to set the parameters of the slider. For example, below I added pagination so that users can switch between slides, and I leave the style as unformatted.

View block wizard for toolset

You also need to select the type of post that will be the source of the content.

You have now created your view. You can make many edits on the right sidebar of the slider. You first need to select View Block from the block navigation options in the upper left corner.

Slider dynamic content block

After setting up the structure for the slider, you can insert a container block to add content. For example, you can add backgrounds, images, text, prices, comments-almost anything you add custom fields to. When inserting an element, just select the dynamic source and select the custom field accordingly, then customize it to meet your needs (change colors, fonts, position, etc.).

3. Use your slider

We can now save the slider and inspect it on the front end. Based on the content you add, you should see an amazing dynamic content slider.

Dynamic content slider

Just like dynamic image sliders, when it comes to dynamic content sliders, most WordPress sliders contain similar options. Toolset provides a dynamic content source selection box, Slider Revolution includes built-in dynamic content modules and so on. In most cases, you need to insert a content module of your choice to add dynamic content to your slider.

Start building your dynamic slider now!

Now that you have seen how easy it is for all experienced WordPress users to build a slider, it’s time to give it a try. Choose your slider plugin and start working!