Simple Auto-Playing Slideshow

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Wrapper with div’s as the “slides”, which can contain any content.

<div id="slideshow">
     <img src="//">
     <img src="//">
     Pretty cool eh? This slide is proof the content can be anything.


Slides need to be absolutely positioned within the wrapper. This has a tiny bit of extra pizazz:

#slideshow { 
    margin: 50px auto; 
    position: relative; 
    width: 240px; 
    height: 240px; 
    padding: 10px; 
    box-shadow: 0 0 20px rgba(0,0,0,0.4); 

#slideshow > div { 
    position: absolute; 
    top: 10px; 
    left: 10px; 
    right: 10px; 
    bottom: 10px; 

jQuery JavaScript

Run after DOM is ready.

$("#slideshow > div:gt(0)").hide();

setInterval(function() { 
  $('#slideshow > div:first')
},  3000);

See it

See the Pen Simple jQuery Slideshow by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

Very similar one from Snook.