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Where is the "featured" option on my edit page, or for my posts?

  1. redeemablequalities
    Member

    The option to make my post "featured" is not showing at all on my edit page.

    The blog I need help with is redeemablequalities.wordpress.com.

  2. redeemablequalities
    Member

    Hello,

    I'm trying to create the magazine type effect seen in the example for the 'Oxygen' theme.

    I know it is posible without any upgrades, but I cannot find the "featured" option in any of my post's edit pages.

    Is this a glitch? Has there been an update I'm not aware of that takes this feature away?

    All of the forums and help options say the "featured" option should be at the bottom of my edit page. It's not, though.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

    RQ

  3. To make the module show up, edit a post, click Screen Options (top right) and check the option "Featured Image".

  4. redeemablequalities
    Member

    Hello Justpi,

    Thanks for your reply and effort to help.

    The issue isn't with the fearure image selection, it's with the ability to feature a post.

    From the tutorials I've read, and the directions on the wordpress.com support page, I should have a box in the bottom right of my 'edit post' screen that allows me to make my post 'featured.'

    I have the option you suggested selected already, but that's for the image, not the post.

    I'm searching for this specific option because I want to make a static page with a featured post, and a few 'sticky' posts scrolling along the bottom of the featured post. It would allow me to have a page that looks exactly like the template shown for the 'Oxygen' theme example.

    Any other suggestions ? I found a youtube video by a woman named Lynn, and it appears there are many people with my issue.

    Thanks again for your help! :)

  5. Setting a Featured Image http://en.support.wordpress.com/featured-images/#setting-a-featured-image
    If you don’t see the Featured Image module on your Add New or Edit Post page, please make sure you’ve selected Featured Image in your Screen Options. http://en.support.wordpress.com/screen-options

  6. redeemablequalities
    Member

    Hi TimeThief,

    Thanks for your help.

    The issue isn't with my featured image, it's with being able to make a featured post so I can use it on a static page.

    Please see my reply to Justpi above.

    Any further advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks ;)

  7. Sorry, my reply was due to this:

    All of the forums and help options say the "featured" option should be at the bottom of my edit page. It's not, though.

    What should be at the bottom of your post edit screen is the option to set a featured image. To make a post show in the posts slider, you set a featured image to it (the image has to be 750px wide or wider) and you mark the post as a sticky. The sticky option isn't at the bottom of the edit screen - and no Support doc or forum reply says it is. The sticky option is in the Publish module: click Edit next to "Visibility". For an already created post it's faster to go to Posts > All Posts, click Quick Edit below the post title, check the option "Make this post sticky", click Update.

  8. redeemablequalities
    Member

    Hi Justpi,

    Thanks again, however, making a sticky post isn't my issue :-P

    I'm having issues making a post featured. Meaning it would appear as the main large image on the page, with the sticky posts scrolling under it. This is what I'm talking about -> http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/oxygen/

    I know how to make the posts sticky. If you look a the template shown in the example, you can see what I'm talking about. The large picture of the iceberg is the "Featured Post," while the smaller items beneath it are the "sticky posts."

    According to this tutorial I should have a box that says "location," at the bottom right of my edit page.
    I need to select the "featured" post option from this location box.
    The location box should be right beneath my "featured image" box, but there is no location box where it should allegedly be.

    It's starting to really grind my gears now haha. It shouldn't be this hard to find, should it?

  9. redeemablequalities
    Member

    I didn't include on of the links, sorry.

    This is the youtube tutorial that shows where the "location" box should be.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0REPhWIKxQ8

  10. redeemablequalities
    Member

    Ok, so after some digging I found out that although a blank space will appear once you choose the right settings (example here -> http://redeemablequalities.wordpress.com/), the "location" box will never appear on the edit page because it's a wordpress.org setting.

    I'm a little peeved that WordPress used the same template and instructions from wordpress.org knowing that it's not possible to achieve that on wordpress.com.

    I found the solution (if you can call it that) to my problem here -> http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/no-featured-location-box-on-oxygen-theme?replies=4

    Thanks again to both of you for trying to help!

    I really appreciate it :)

    Take care!

  11. redeemablequalities
    Member

    A note to any WordPress employees who see this, plese make it more clear about which features are part of which platform.

    Being new to this world of blogging, I almost ditched wordpress entirely because it was so frustrating trying to investigate this issue, only to find the option was never available to me on my platform in the first place.

    Video tutorials on your wordpress.tv page would be greatly appreciated as well. I may have overlooked the section where that's available, but I didn't see anything like that.

    Thanks! :)

  12. I'm quite familiar with the workings of all themes, and making a sticky post is your issue.

    The video you found refers to the version for self-hosted blogs, not to the wordpress.COM version of the theme. For advice on wordpress.com you don't consult YT, you consult the wordpress.com Support docs, the wordpress.com Theme Showcase site, and the wordpress.com forums. The correct instructions for the wordpress.com version of Oxygen are these (you linked to them but you ignored them):
    http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/oxygen/

    The large picture of the iceberg is the "Featured Post," while the smaller items beneath it are the "sticky posts."

    No. Featured posts = sticky posts. The posts slider and the thumbnail row display the same posts (up to six). Six thumbnails = six featured/sticky posts. Large picture = one of these featured/sticky posts at a time.

  13. redeemablequalities
    Member

    Hi again Justpi,

    If you read my post from earlier you'll see that I figured out it was a wordpress.com vs. a wordpress.org issue with the "featured post."

    After spending the past couple of days trying to source the issue, and reading all of the wordpress.COM support tips and forum topics, I still couldn't find the solution. That's when I turned to the web to find more possible solutions to my problem.

    I did not consult youtube first.

    It's not a matter of willfully ignoring instructions, but a matter of sourcing all of my options.

    Thanks for your help.

    I found my solution.

    Take Care!

  14. redeemablequalities
    Member

    For anyone who has the same issue, here's how I resolved the situation.

    My explanation may be a bit too detailed for some of you, but I would have liked to have a step-by-step process like this. This same information is also posted on my blog.

    This link has all of the basic instructions on how to get a page that looks similar to the "Oxygen" demo picture -> http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/oxygen/

    What you're specifically looking for is the "Showcase Page" slider template.

    So that you understand what this actually is, (I had issues with this at first) the "Showcase Page" slider is basically a scrolling stream for 6 sticky posts. I like to think of it as a slide show.

    Before you start assembling your "slide show", you'll have to designate your desired page for the "Showcase Page" slider.

    Note: Pages and posts are different things. A page is a place where you assign posts, a post is merely a post.

    If you have not created a page you want to use, please do this:

    1) Hover over your blog name at the top left corner of your screen, then click on “dashboard.”

    2) From the dashboard section, choose the "pages" tab.

    3) Select the "Add New" option from this tab to create your page.

    4) You do not have to add anything to the text portion of this page, but do add a title. Also, if you want a banner on this page, do that by adding a "featured image" using the option at the bottom right. Just follow the prompts.

    5) Click "Update" in the right margin to save the changes you made to this page.

    If you want this "Showcase Page" slider to be your front page, you'll have to make the page "static."

    Make your page static by:

    1) In Dashboard go to the settings tab.

    2) Under settings, choose the "Reading" option.

    3) When this window opens, at the very top you'll see a section for "Front Page Displays."

    4) Choose the option for a static page.

    5) Right below that, you'll have the choice to pick which page is your "Front Page."

    6) After you select the page you want, click "save changes" at the bottom of this window.

    Now you can go ahead and start assembling your "Showcase Page" slider.

    Instructions on how to get to the "Showcase Page" option:

    1) Click on Dashboard at the top left of your page, and go to the "pages" tab.

    2) Select the page you want your "Showcase Page" slider to appear on. (Typically that would be the page you just set as "static."

    3) On the opened page editing screen, you should have a box along the right margin that says "Page Attributes." If you don't see that box, click on the "screen options" tab at the top right of your page, and select the box that says "Page Attributes," and you should now be able to see it in your editing window.

    4) Under "Page Attributes" go to the drop down under "Template" and select "Showcase Page."

    Selecting this will give you the space you see in the "Oxygen" demo where there's a large picture at the top of your page with a back and forward arrow at the bottom corners of the picture.

    At this point, if you can see the space on your page, but there's no picture and title in that space, it's because you do not have any of your posts set as "sticky."

    Like I said earlier, the "Showcase Page" slider is just a scrolling stream for 6 sticky posts, much like a slide show.

    To start assembling your "slide show" with "sticky" posts, follow these instructions:

    1) Go to dashboard.

    2) Select the "Posts" tab.

    3) Choose the post you would like to have in the "slide show."

    4) Once in the post editing window, look for the "Publish" section near the top of your window.

    5) Click on "edit" for the "visibility" portion.

    6) Make sure the "public" option is selected.

    7) Check the box that says "stick this post to the front page."

    8) Click "update" to save these changes.

    Now, ideally your post should appear in the "slide show."

    Head over to your home page of your blog to see what it looks like.

    If you still can't see your post, here are some trouble shooting tips.

    1) You may not have a "featured image" selected for that post.

    - You need to select a "featured image" for your post in order for it to appear in the "slide show."

    To do this, you simply have to open the edit window for your post, scroll to the bottom right, and follow the prompts to select a featured image. Click "update" to save your changes.

    2) Your "featured image" isn't the right size.

    - In order for your post and "featured image" to appear in the "slide show," it has to be bigger than 750 pixels wide.

    The following text is the exact excerpt from the "featured image" directions for the "Oxygen" theme. You can also find it here -> http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/oxygen/

    Post thumbnails are 470 pixels wide, unless you make the post Sticky to show off in the featured slider, in which case they’re 750 pixels wide. Keep in mind: if you mark a post as Sticky but the featured image is less than 750 pixels wide, then it won’t display in the slider and will still disappear from the river of posts.

    Keep in mind that it says 750 pixels WIDE.

    That should be all you need to get the basic "Showcase Page" slide show effect on your page.

    Some other things to remember:

    - You can only have 6 "sticky" posts in the slide show. All other posts beyond that marked as "sticky" will not appear in your slide show, and it will be hidden from the blog list on the main page.

    - You can decide whether you want to have a "header banner" on your "Showcase Page."

    To do this, you'll need to go to the editing window for your selected page, and insert a "featured image" the same way you would for a blog post.

    Keep in mind the dimensions for the header.

    I don't know the exact pixel size, but check this link for more information regarding headers -> http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/custom-header-image/

    This was long, but I do hope it helps.
    I would have benefited from a step by step instruction list like this.

    Take care, and I hope your blog flourishes even bigger and better than you hoped!

    ~ RQ

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