Having an interactive slideshow on top of a web page let you highlight your site’s important details on your site in a visual manner. Sliders immediately grab your visitors’ attention and allows users to quickly take action. Most websites put slideshow at the top of the page before their main content.
There are many WordPress slider plugins available which allow you to create your own sliders and add them to your home page, landing pages, posts, or any where you want.
Meta Slider is by far the most popular slider available for WordPress It comes with four jQuery sliders –Nivo Slider (responsive, 16 transition effects, four themes), Coin Slider (four transition effects), Flex Slider 2 (responsive, two transition effects, carousel mode), Responsive Slides (responsive, fade effect only).
In this page, you can create new slider. Creating a new slider is simple – add new slides, change settings and save.
Putting a Slider on wordpress post/pages
1: Create a post/page by going to Posts/Pages > Add New. 2: At the top of the page content, you will notice a button to add a slider. Click this button and select the slider from the options available (if you have only created one slider, there will only be one option).
How to put the slider on the front page of your website
1: To put the slider on the front page of your website, you will first need to create a page(as mentioned above) for home page. Go to Pages > Add New. 2: Add slider in the new page. 3:Once the page is ready, Go to Settings > Reading in WordPress and set the front page display as “a static page”. From the dropdown, select the newly created “Home” page as your static page.
WordPress has plenty of WordPress slider plugins ready at your disposal. Most will get overwhelmed by the many slider plugins available in WordPress. Those who want to try using plugins won’t go dwell into buying them. Others just don’t want to spend money in a slider. So if you’re looking for free WordPress plugins to try out in your website or blog, here are some of the best.
Meta Slider is a popular WordPress slider plugin that lets you create slideshows by simply selecting images from your WordPress media library, drag and drop it in to place, set captions and you have your own slider. You can choose from various slider designs and has a shortcode to easily embed the slider to your website.
Here’s a look at what’s best with Meta Slider:
Easy to use interface.
Create SEO-optimized slideshow in seconds.
Built in widget and shortcode.
Plenty of slideshow configuration options.
Compatible with WordPress multi-site.
Compatible with translation plugins like qtranslate, polylang, and WPML.
If you upgrade to its Pro version, you’ll get the following:
Easing Slider Lite is the second most downloaded WordPress slider plugin in the repository. Garnering more than 400,000 downloads, this lightweight plugin lets you set the dimensions of your sliders and you also have the option to make the sliders responsive.
With Easing Slider Lite, you can choose from two transition effects: fade and slide. And like many slider plugins, this also has support for shortcodes. The only problem is you can only create one plugin for your site, if you need more sliders, you’ll need to upgrade to Easing Slider Pro.
Easing Slider Lite has the following features:
Only 16kb minified and that already includes styling.
Navigation arrows and pagination.
Bulk image uploading integrated with WordPress Media Library.
Wow Slider is a fantastic WordPress slider made for non-coders. This slider comes with tons of stunning visual effects and professionally made templates that you just have to point and click to create sliders. With that in mind, building one will only take a few seconds without any need for coding or image editing.
Slide Deck 2 is a free WordPress plugins that comes with plenty of features. For a free plugin, you’ll get the advanced functionality that you usually pay for in a plugin but this time, it’s free.
Easily create content sliders out of almost any other content. You can also connect to a variety of sources like Pinterest, Flickr and YouTube without touching any code.
The lite version lets you create sliders out of 14 content sources but does not include Facebook and NextGen Gallery. If you need content from these sources, you may need to opt-in for the premium version.
Promotion Slider is a JQuery Slider that lets you insert a simple slideshow or use it for rotating ads in your website. It is a highly customizable plugin that offers complete control on the slider.
With its straightforward short codes and extensive flexibility, anyone can create a slider with just a few clicks, while power users can take advantage of the special actions built in the plugin.
The plugin also features:
Automatic inclusion of featured images attached to the promotion.
SEO friendly JQuery animation that is compatible even in mobile devices.
Comes with various default styles to choose from.
Can link external URLs instead of promotion pages in the slider.
Allows to display certain post type or limit the post on a certain category.
Can display title and/or anchor, or excerpt from each post or promotion.
Can work with custom post type.
Can display multiple sliders on a single page without conflicts.
Soliloquy Lite is a simple yet responsive slider plugin for WordPress. It’s so simple that you do not need to download any Flash software to create and upload sliders. In fact, it can work out of the box without fiddling too much with its settings.
Through custom post types, Soliloquy lets you create any number of responsive sliders with any number of images in it with just a few clicks of the mouse.
This light version of the plugin works well with most of your needs for a slider. If you need more features like video slides and have access to Addons, you’ll need to purchase Soliloquy Pro. Otherwise, enjoy these features:
Can use custom post types to create unlimited WordPress sliders.
Drag and drop compatible.
Completely responsive sliders and can work with touch enabled devices.
Shortcode and template tags.
Smart JS and CSS loading.
Media uploader button to easily insert images in you slider to the post in your WYSIWYG editor.
Smooth Slider is a WordPress slider that can let you create a slider in as fast as 50 seconds. Under this time, you have already embedded recent, featured, or category-specific post using Smooth Slider. Smooth Slider lets you create dynamic slideshows for your post, pages, images, and custom post types.
Smooth Slider lets you place content and image slideshows with a customizable background anywhere in your site.
The plugin boasts some of the best features like:
Lets you preview the slider in Admin panel.
SEO friendly slide show.
Take full control of its looks through the Settings panel.
No coding required.
Create you own stylesheet.
Sliders can be removed with just a single click.
Six transition effects
Comes with template tag, shortcode and widget.
If you need more features, simply upgrade to Smooth Slider Premium. The premium version allows you to create unlimited settings, unlimited custom sliders, multiple design options and other cool features.
Responsive Slider is a slider plugin that lets you create slides that contains linked images and titles. This is a very simple slider with only a few settings that won’t overwhelm new users yet advanced users will find it easy to use. To add a new slide, all you need to do is place it anywhere in your site using a shortcode or into your theme using a function call.
However. this plugin is only limited to one on your entire website. If you need more sliders to add on each of your page, we suggest to go use other plugins instead.
Smart Slider 2 is a WordPress slider plugin tha comes with an intuitive interface for backend. This makes it easy for you to design a beautiful slider in your WordPress blog or website. All you need to do is grab a new layer, move into the canvas and insert some items to the canvas through dragging and dropping and your slide is ready.
Administrator page with live preview.
Fully integrated to WordPress.
Multi-level animation system.
100% responsive slider with advanced responsive mode.
Change the overall look and feel even without any coding background.
By default, WordPress shows your most recent blog posts on the front page of your site. WordPress comes with built-in support for creating a splash page as the front page(static front page), and a separate page for blog posts.
From your admin panel go to Setttings » Reading. Scroll down to Front page displays option. But before going there, you need to create 2 new pages.
WordPress Custom Home Page and a Separate Blog Page
Do you want to have different design / appearance for different pages in WordPress? In this article, we will show you how to create and use a custom template for a page in WordPress.
From your wordpress admin, while creating a page you can see a template drop down menu under ‘Page Attributes’ section. Clicking on it will allow you to select the template for that page.
But first you need to create a custom page template and put it under your theme’s directory.
Creating a Custom Page template in WordPress
By default WordPress utilizes a template file called page.php to control the appearance of your pages. You will find it in /wp-content/themes/ directory. Now you need to add a custom page template here. The easiest way to get started is by creating a duplicate of existing page template (ie. page.php) provided by your theme. Rename your file like page-home.php, page-contact.php etc. Now start editing your custom page template file. You can make changes in their layout and appearance. This requires a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP. Once you are done customizing, upload it back to your theme folder using FTP.
In this article I will show you how to choose display different sidebar for each post and page for WordPress. There’s several different plugins that help you gain this type of flexibility with your site.
Easy Custom Sidebars
This plugin allows you to replace any sidebar/widget area in any WordPress theme without any coding.
Go to your wordpress admin >> Plugins >> Add new . In the search box type “Easy Custom Sidebars” and hit enter key to search. Install and activate the Easy Custom Sidebars plugin.
You will see new menu item “Theme Sidebars” under “Appearence” menu. Click on it.
Create new side bar here.
Replace your old side bar with new side bar.
Select posts/pages/categories where you want to display this new side bar. Save your side bar.
Go to Appearance >> Widgets. Drag a widget to side bar. Edit and save it.
Now when you are writing a post or a page, and you want to display a custom sidebar all you need to do is add the custom field “Sidebar” and include the name of the sidebar file. For example if you insert “wpbpage”, it will display sidebar-wpbpage.php as your sidebar.
You wrote a very long post and have some issues with load times on your posts, it is better to split that long WordPress post into multiple pages. Reading long posts can be hectic or boring for users. This can increase the bounce rate of your site. So for better presentation and readability, divide along post into several pages. This also will improve the look and feel of your site and increase the number of page views on your site.
Dividing your posts into two or more pages is simple in WordPress.
In the post editor, click on “Text” tab to switch to “Text” editor mode.
Add the following tag wherever you want to split your post.
You can add this tag anywhere you want as many times as you want.
It is really important to take regular back up of your blog to guard against losing all your data. Luckily, there are plenty of excellent WordPress plugins available that will back up your posts, pages, and whatever else you have on your site. Let’s take a look at some free WordPress backup plugins! Installing plugins from the WordPress Dashboard is so easy. This guide will show you how to install a WordPress plugin.
The BackWPup Free version can be used to save your complete installation including /wp-content/ and push them to an external Backup Service, like Dropbox, S3, FTP, Microsoft Azure, RackSpaceCloud or to Sugar. With a single backup .zip file you are able to easily restore an installation. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “BackWPup” in Search Plugins box and install it.
BackupBuddy Premium is a WordPress backup tool that can handle file and database backups easily. However, BackupBuddy Premium isn’t free. For $75 you’ll get 2 site license, and that’s it. No monthly fees, and this license last a lifetime. Get BackupBuddy
VaultPress is a subscription-based protection, security and backup service for WordPress blogs and sites. VaultPress makes it easy to keep an up-to-date backup of your site with both daily and real time syncing of all your WordPress content. Get VaultPress
BackUpWordPress will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule and store in your hosting server. Backups are stored on your server in /wp-content/backups. Option are available to email the backup file to you. You can exclude files and folders from your backups. This plugin works on Linux & Windows Server. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “BackUpWordPress ” in Search Plugins box and install it.
The Duplicator let you create back up of your site. Using this plugin you can also Duplicate, clone, move and transfer an entire site from one location to another. This plugin works on Linux & Windows Server. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “Duplicator” in Search Plugins box and install it.
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “WP-DB-Backup” in Search Plugins box and install it.
UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration
Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift and email.Features icnlude Backup automatically on a repeating schedule, Files and database backups can have separate schedules, Large sites can be split into multiple archives, Select which files to backup (plugins, themes, content, other), Download backup archives direct from your WordPress dashboard, Failed uploads are automatically resumed/retried.
Dropbox Backup & Restore
Create Full Backup (Files + Database) of your blog and save locally at your shared hosting / server of your site or upload to dropbox. Using this, you can easily Backup, Restore, Duplicate, Clone or Migrate of your Website. This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “Dropbox Backup & Restore” in Search Plugins box and install it.
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Keep your blogs back up in Dropbox. Choose a day, time and how often you wish your backup to be performed. Your websites files and a SQL dump of its database will be dropped in your Dropbox! This plugin is available via the WordPress Plugins Directory. Type “WordPress Backup to Dropbox” in Search Plugins box and install it.
There are few basic settings and configurations to do after installing WordPress to ensure reliability, and top of the line performance.
Change The Title, Tagline and Time zone
To change these, go to your Settings in your dashboard and choose General.
Change both your site title and tagline to something that relates to your site. Now scroll down the page to update your timezone.
Scroll down the page click on save changes.
Delete the Default WP Admin Account
By default WordPress Creates ‘Admin’ as a username for your Blog. Hackers know this and has half the equation to try to get your password. To avoid this, use a different admin username.
Login using your admin user account. Once logged in goto Users > Add New Fill in all the details for a new user account. Choose the Administrator privileges for this new account .
Once that new account is created, log out of your “admin” user account and log back in using your new user account that you just created.
Once logged in under the new user account, go to to all User list. Pass the mouse over use “admin” and click on “delete” link. When you do this WordPress will prompt you to reassign all the posts associated with “admin” to another account. Choose your new account from the drop down list.
Once you have completed the step of deleting your own “admin” account all the posts previously posted under “admin” will be associated with your new account and you are no longer using the default username.
Delete default Posts and page:
WordPress install comes with default post and pages. Click on Posts from left menu. Hover over the sample post and select Delete. You can delete the sample Page in the same way via Admin -> Pages.
Rename Uncategorized Category
WordPress install comes with 1 default category named Uncategorized. Unlike the post and the comment this category cannot be deleted. When an editor forgets to select a category, WordPress automatically selects Uncategorized category for that article before it is published. When you have blog posts listed as “Uncategorized,” It makes you seem careless, resulting a symbolic black mark against your blog’s reputation.
To rename the uncategorized category Click on the tab Posts > Categories. Bring your mouse over to Uncategorized and an Edit option will appear. Click Quick edit and change your category name and slug to Other.
Set up WordPress Permalink
By default, WordPress offers permalinks like this:http://www.wordpressluv.com/?p=123. This type of permalink is not search engine friendly and not very user friendly. More descriptive URL with keywords may boost your rankings.Other than this, permalinks will give a brief idea of what your post or page is about without looking at the content and can affect a reader’s decision whether or not to click links to your site. You can change the structure of your permalinks at any time, however doing this changes the URL of your pages. You should set your permalink when setting up your blog for the first time.
You can find various permalink settings under WordPress dashboard > Settings > Permalink.
Akismet comes with WordPress which eliminates comment and Trackback spams without your interaction.
To activate that, you need API key from Akismet It is free you can get it from Akismet.com/get.
Click the Plugins link on the left navigation menu of the Dashboard to load the Plugins page.
Click the Activate link below the Akismet plugin name and description. A yellow box appears at the top of the page, saying Akismet is almost ready. Go to Akismet Configuration and enter API key to activate it.
Update your Profile
From your wordpress admin left menu, click on Users and update your profile.
After you have installed your WordPress theme and Plugins, Delete all unused Themes and Plugins. It will improve your WordPress Performance, security purpose as well as to reduce the server load. Hacker might discover an exploit those unused themes and plugins.
Delete Unused Themes
From your WordPress dashboard go to Appearance > Themes. Here you can see available themes. This include active theme and other unused themes. You can’t delete an active theme. Pass the mouse over unused themes and click on theme details button. Click on it.
In the preview screen, click Delete button in the right bottom corner of it. Now your theme is successfully removed.
It is important to take regular backup of your site. It helps to recover your site in case of server crash or when you need a new host. There are so many free and premium backup plugins available that creates backup of your website and keep your site safe and secure.
Add Contact me page
Use plugin Contact Form 7 to add contact page to your site.
WordPress Widgets are independent content blocks designed to provide specific function. Widget is a simple and easy-to-use way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content or any widgetized areas of your theme. Widgets enable non-technical users to customize your theme without having to change any code.
There are so many different widgets available. WordPress by default comes with several widgets that can be seen on on the WordPress Administration Appearance > Widgets panel. See a list of Top wordpress sidebars widgets. Note: You can install new ones by searching the WordPress Plugins Directory. See how to install worpress plugin.
How to use Widgets
To use/display widgets, you need to add widget areas into your Theme. Most WordPress themes are widget ready. It would always be a good idea to select a theme that is Widget Ready. If theme is not widget ready, you can widgetize just about every part of your theme. See how to widgetize your theme.
Go to Appearance > Widgets. Here you can see available widgets and widget ready areas in your theme.
Choose a Widget and either drag it to the sidebar where you wish it to appear
Or click the widget, (select a destination sidebar if your theme has more than one) and click the Add Widget button.
Preview the site. You can see the new addition there.
To arrange the Widgets within the sidebar or Widget area, click and drag it into place.
To customize the Widget features, click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand the Widget’s interface.
To save the Widget’s customization, click Save.
To remove the Widget, click Delete link in the configuration options as show above.
How to add Widget area to your theme
You can widgetize just about every part of your theme. See how to widgetize your theme. Widget can be added to the header, footer, and elsewhere in the WordPress design and structure. There are 2 main parts to add widget area in your theme:
Register the widget area in functions.php
Insert widget area in the WordPress Theme
#1: Register widget area
Open the functions.php file from the WordPress Theme Editor . Add the following block of code. In this code, we are registering one sidebar. We have given a name(e.g.’Home right sidebar’) to identify them on Widgets screen and id(e.g.’home_right_1′) is used to call it in theme file to display.