Slideshow is one of the most essential part of a website. It is basically the first thing that attracts your eyes when you visit a website. It is large enough and it has many cool transition effects that you can't help take a look at it. Having a long time working with Drupal, I collect and present in this article some of the best Drupal slideshow modules.
There are alot of Drupal slideshow modules, however, I only pick the modules which are in high usage, under active development and support Drupal 7. I downloaded and tested them all to see what are pros and cons of each module.
Now these are 12 best Drupal slideshow modules in my opinion:
Flex Slide becomes my "no brainer" choice for the slideshow module that I installed defaultly on all themes and web projects. It looks similar to Views slideshow, but it is far more advanced, it supports finger touch in mobile displays. Using this module, you can swift to change slides by your fingers when you see it on a mobile phone.
Although it has only two type of transitions: fade and slide, but I can sacrify the lack of transition effects for better mobile experiences.
Mega Slider is a premium Drupal slideshow module, ie, it is not free. Although I was reluctant to purchase a Drupal module, I found this module worths any penny. With this slider, you can define any elements to pop in and pop out with over 20+ effects. The admin panel is so easy to use that you can make slides by just seleting, dragging and dropping. I apply this module on our lastest Drupal theme Velocity and the result is incredible.
Purchase: Mega Slider
This is the most popular slideshow module in Drupal. I uses to install Views Slideshow in most of our Drupal themes. With Views Slideshow, you can have a slideshow of any content (not just images) that can appear in a View. Powered by jQuery, it is heavily customizable: you may choose slideshow settings for each View. However, when responsiveness is a must for any websites nowadays, I opt it out and choose Flex Slider.
We used to envy other CMSes with their beautiful fullscreen slideshow, but no more. Vegas is a jQuery plugin to add beautiful fullscreen backgrounds and slideshows to your webpages.
An implementation of the great Nivo Slider in Drupal with 16 amazing transition effects. So if you like a more fashionable slideshow, this one is a great choice.
There are two modules: Nivo Slider and Views Nivo Slider. I recommend Views Nivo Slider since it works with Views, as we always do to configure slideshow in Drupal.
We applied this module on a recent local project and the quality is just amazing. It is responsive, CSS3, swift enabled ... all that can not be performed on the legacy JCarousel module (which I mentioned on the #16 of this list).
With the submodule Slick Views, you can create a slider from views as well. If your website has both slideshow and carousel, you can just use this single module (and its submodule).
If you want a Drupal slideshow in content, Field Slideshow is the one. Instead of displaying slideshow nodes in a block, this module allows you to display multiple images as a slideshow within a single node, an article for example. It gives you a field in your chosen content type so you can add many images and hit Save: Voila! The slideshow appears within other text content.
Updated Dec 2014: since I adopt Flex Slider which has its sub module Flex Slider field, I no longer this Field Slideshow any more.
Bootstrap Image Gallery is an extension to blueimp Gallery, a touch-enabled, responsive and customizable image and video gallery. It displays images and videos in the modal dialog of the Bootstrap framework, features swipe, mouse and keyboard navigation, transition effects, fullscreen support and on-demand content loading. This module requires a Bootstrap base theme to work.
Dynamic display block slideshows are mainly used to showcase featured content at a prominent place on the frontpage in an attractive way. Basically, it has two main features:
Slideshow Creator is very similar to Dynamic Display Blocks and Field Slideshow, except:
Cons: User needs to remember the embed code syntax.
I use the Galleria module in most of our photography themes. It displays a gallery of images and thumbnails with eye catching look and feel.
Galleriffic is similar to Galleria, both of them are particular useful in handling high volumes of photos while conserving bandwidth. Galleriffic has more flexible thumbnails as they can sit on the top, the side or the bottom of displaying images.
This module turns a group of images into a rotating circular gallery similar to Apple's coverflow effect. There are a few modules supporting this effect: Image Flow, Views Slideshow Image Flow and Views JQFX Image Flow. I recommend Views JQFX Image Flow as it has higher usage and it supports Drupal 7.
The only reason that you should consider to use this module is when you don't want to install addons JQuery script (I am not that lazy). It is a standalone module, no need additional script or another modules. Just install and use it!
Description: This module allows developers and themers to make use of the jCarousel jQuery plugin. It includes a developer API that other modules can use, as well as Views integration in the 2.0 version so that you can turn any list of content or images into a carousel.
Link to download: http://drupal.org/project/jcarousel
These are a couple of modules that I mentioned on this same thread over 2 years ago but they are inactive now. It supports only Drupal 6.