Here we will provide a step-by-step guide for using the iFeature Slider. The iFeature Slider is used to display featured site content at the top of your homepage (either on the iFeature Pro Homepage template or the default post index template) and is controlled using posts. You have the option to feature blog posts in your iFeature Slider, or to create your own custom slides that you can link to a page on your site or an outside link.
Below we will outline in detail the steps necessary to use featured posts, or to create your own custom slides.
To use the iFeature Slider to feature blog posts, you can either edit an existing post or create a brand new one. Once you have your post content ready, the first step is to make sure that your post is published under the proper category. By default the iFeature Slider pulls from every category, so if you want to use it in this way you are ready to move on to the next step. If you have assigned a specific category in the iFeature Slider Settings (for example: featured), then you must place the post in this category. If you need to create this category, press the “add new category” button under the “Categories” menu on the right-hand side of the post edit page, type the name you have specified, and press enter.
Next you must tell the feature slider where to pull the image to be displayed. To do this you will use the iFeature Slider Content box which can be found below the post window (see image below).
To add an image to your featured slide, use the image uploader to browse and select your image. Then simply update (or publish if it is a new post) and you will see a thumbnail of the image you uploaded. If you wish to chance the image, simply delete and upload a new one. (Note: image sizes are 976 by 330 for the iFeature Pro Homepage template and 640 by 330 for the post page template)
The iFeature Slider also allows for some custom text to be displayed below the post title. To use this, enter your custom text into the text input field and update or publish your post. This section is optional, so if you do not wish to use custom text simply use this text field blank.
You may also hide the title bar (the black bar that appears at the bottom of the slider)on individual posts by checking off the hide title bar checkbox.
Slides are ordered chronologically by the post date of the posts. The newest post will display first. Below is an image representing what a post page should look like to utilize all the slider options available. The post title becomes the title of the slide, the uploaded image will display in the slide itself, and the custom text will display below the title if used. If you are using a specific category for your slider, do not forget to place your post under that category.
You also have the option to create your own custom slides, which is useful if you do not want to feature blog post content and would like to link to other pages. The process is very similar to using a post category, and uses a custom post type which will only display in the iFeature Slider. In order to enable custom slides, select “Custom Slides” from the dropdown menu of the “Select the Slider Type” option in the iFeature Slider options settings.
Next, navigate to the “Custom Slides” panel in your WP-Admin sidebar, which can be found directly above the iFeature Pro options panel. To make a new custom slide, click the “Add New” link which will take you to the custom slide post page.
Enter your slide title into the post title input field, and use the post content field to enter any custom text you would like to display before the title. Next, enter the link you would like the slide to point to in the “Custom Slide Link” input field. Finally, use the image uploader to upload your feature slide image (976 by 330 for the iFeature Pro Homepage template and 640 by 330 for the post page template). When you are done, press “Publish” and your custom slide is ready. Repeat the same process for as many slides as you would like to use. You may also hide the title bar by checking off the hide title bar checkbox.