What is a “post slider?”
And If I don’t want the entire text to appear how does anyone know a theme that supports this design?
Something where the post would be abbreviated and the reader would have the option to click to finish reading?
The blog I need help with is adventuresofacarryon.com.
What is a “post slider?”
You can see a list of all the themes at WordPress.com that have post sliders here:
http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/features/post-slider/ In most themes with post sliders for featured posts vsitiors have to click to advance the slider to the next featured post. Here are four themes that have a featured post slider that automatically advances: Debut, Currents, On Demand, Modularity Lite.
For an example of a featured post slider that does not automatically advance click the link I just provided.
set a featured post as a sticky post
set a featured image
Note: None of the featured posts in post sliders display all the text in the slider. Those that do display text, display excerpts followed by “read more” links that readers can click and view the full post on its own page.
Note 2: There are four themes that have a featured post slider that automatically advances: Debut, Currents, On Demand, Modularity Lite. (the first 3 a premium themes) and the last one is a free theme.
timethief, thank you for your help. I am using the theme Sundance and it says that it features post slider but I don’t see that it does. I’m kind of new to this so maybe it’s something I have to activate?
Anyway, thanks again.
Sundance theme desciption >
Featured Video Carousel
The Sundance theme offers a featured video carousel on the home page. All you have to do to activate is create a sticky post with the video post format. Then add an excerpt, which appears to the right of the video, as you can see in the screenshot below. Once you have more than one featured video, the arrows and the indicator appear. You are able to feature a maximum of ten posts in the carousel. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/sundance/
I’m not featuring video…just photos. I still don’t totally understand this whole post slider thing but I’ll figure it out. Thank you!
If you don’t do Video posts, it won’t apply.
1) To abbreviate a post on the main page, you use the more tag:
2) A post slider is an optional section (below the header) that showcases selected posts in the form of a carousel slideshow. Check the Sundance demo:
3) In Sundance, a post will show up in the carousel if you’ve marked it as a sticky (post editor: Visibility module) and if you have selected the Video post format for it (post editor: Format* module).
4) You don’t have to post videos for the carousel to work. But since the Sundance carousel is primarily designed for video posts, it has two columns: left column for video (or image), right column for description. The description is entered in the Excerpt* module of the post editor.
*If you’re not seeing the Format and Excerpt modules while on the post editor screen, click Screen Options (top right) to activate them.
If you publish a regular post (text only, or text and images) and set it as explained in 3 above, the carousel in Sundance will display the complete post in the left column (or part of it, if you use the more tag) and the beginning of the post in the right column, which doesn’t make sense. So you must either a) start your carousel posts with a large image, use the more tag after it, and enter the beginning of the text or a custom summary in the Excerpt module, or b) start your carousel posts with text, use the more tag at some point, and copypaste the code of an image from the HTML post editor into the Excerpt module.
That’s an unnecessary complication if you’re not interested in video or image posts. So if you really want a post slider on your main page you could try a different theme. Themes that support a post slider listed here (marked with ***):
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