Slider on static web page? Sight theme
I am having trouble adding the featured slider (image slider to display image slidshow) of the Sight theme to the front page of my web page (or any other page).
I have created a static web page, as I do not wish to have a blog, but a regular web page. I’ve read that I’ll need to create a sticky post to add the featured slider, but I don’t want posts, I want a web page.
Can anyone help? Please make you reply detailed… Thank you! :)
The blog I need help with is saschkeramik.wordpress.com.
If you choose a static front page then know It’s not possible to have the slider on more than one page in the blog and it must be the main page for posts.
A WordPress blog can either be structured as a page based website or its conventional post based blog structure can be retained. That’s why understanding the differences between posts and pages, comprehending the SEO implications of creating a page based structure, and knowing how to use custom menus are key to decision making when selecting a theme, and setting up your WordPress.com blog. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/
See here for a step by step guide > Using WordPress.com to Create a Website http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/
See also http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
On one hand, none of the characteristic “blog” features like categories, tags, authors, dates, etc. can be removed from a free hosted WordPress.com blog without purchasing an annually renewable custom design upgrade and doing the required CSS editing.
On that other hand, one can edit a WordPress.org theme free of charge. That’s why I suggested you read this comparison > WordPress.com and WordPress.org: The Differences http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
Pages we bloggers create are static ie. they do not automatically update and are for content that rarely changes. If we refer to them as Topics or Categories we can become confused as only the dynamic Categories pages created by the software will automatically update.
The front page of the blog by default will display your posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. We can change by creating a static front page and a page for posts. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/
Though there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.
We organize posts by assigning categories to them. You can create a custom menu and add the dynamic automatically updating categories pages created by the software into the custom menu.
Here’s a link to a custom menu walk-through > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2011/08/11/wordpress-com-custom-menu-walk-through/
There are many common errors, misunderstanding and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/
Theme description: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/sight/
This theme has a featured post slider and that’s what you see on the demo site ie. on the demo site no header image is being displayed.
Sight displays up to 30 of your latest sticky posts that have featured images in a prominent slider on the front page. To add a post to the slider, mark it as sticky http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-visibility/#sticky-posts and give it a featured image.
Sight featured images
Large: 640 x 290 in the Sticky posts slider
Small: 290 x 290 thumbnails are used on the home, category, tag, archives, and search pages.
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
Dear Timethief, thank you so much for all your help! I have made custom menus, and they seem to be working, and I have also read the wordpress.com documents you refer to – but somehow I still manage to not get it right… Your post http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/ is very helpful, thank you.
However, can you tell me what exactly the slider “must be the main page for posts” implies – do I change from ‘static home page’ to ‘your latest posts’ under Tools -> Reading in order to set the slider to the ‘main page for posts’?
I have only created one posts page, the rest are pages (with the limitations these have, as per your onecoolsitebloggingtips.com-tip above) – maybe this is the problem?
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