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How to Add a WordPress Slider Without Shortcode

by Waseem Abbas on February 19, 2022

Do you want to add a WordPress image slider to your website without using a shortcode? Although shortcodes are extremely convenient, sometimes you may not wish to use them (e.g. if you want to display a slider in your theme’s header). In this article, we will share how to add a WordPress slider without shortcode.

A shortcode is the easiest way to add an image slider to your website, since all you have to do is copy and paste. However, sometimes you may want to add a slider to your theme’s template (.php) files, which do not support shortcodes.

To add a WordPress slider without shortcode, you’ll need to follow these 5 steps:

  • Step 1. Install and activate Soliloquy Slider plugin
  • Step 2. Create an image slider with Soliloquy
  • Step 3. Copy the template tag from Soliloquy Slider Code widget
  • Step 4. Edit the theme’s template file and paste the template tag
  • Step 5. Click on the save button

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Step 1: Install and Activate Soliloquy Slider Plugin

First thing you need to do is install and activate Soliloquy WordPress Slider plugin.

Soliloquy website

You can learn more about how to install Soliloquy here.

Step 2: Create an Image Slider with Soliloquy

Upon activation, go ahead to Soliloquy » Add New from your WordPress admin backend. Add a title for your slider.

Next, drop your images into the Native Slider section.

Add Images

After adding the images, you can click on the Publish button.

Publish Slider

To learn more about creating an image slider with Soliloquy, check out this guide on how to create an image slider in WordPress.

Step 3: Copy the Template Tag from the Soliloquy Slider Code Widget

Once your image slider is published, you will see a new widget called Soliloquy Slider Code with the shortcode and template tag information.

Go ahead and copy the template tag from here (you’ll need this for the next step).

Template Tag

Step 4: Edit a Theme Template File and Paste the Template Tag

Next you’ll need to paste the template tag into your WordPress theme’s template where you would like the slider to be displayed on your site.

Go to Appearance » Editor and open the appropriate template file from the right side of the screen. (We’d like our slider to be displayed in the header of our website, so we’ll edit the header.php file.)

Edit Theme File

In the template file, go ahead and paste your template tag code. Your code will look similar to this:

[php] <?php if ( function_exists( 'soliloquy' ) ) { soliloquy( '121' ); } ?>

Instead of ‘121’ above, your code will have your slider’s unique ID.

Step 5: Click on the Save button

Lastly, you’ll need to click on the Save button. Now your image slider will be displayed in your theme’s header (or the location where you have added the template tag).

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to add a WordPress slider without shortcode. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create a lightbox slider in WordPress.

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Waseem Abbas is a content writer for SoliloquyWP and Envira Gallery.


    Dave Shaw

    October 10, 2016

    Waseem, is there a way to launch a lightbox slideshow from an image that is NOT the first image in the slideshow? The image would be separate from the slideshow and function like the cover of a book – click to open and see contents. Thanks for any pointers you can provide.


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