Many of the Restored 316 themes offer the option of adding a slider to the homepage. The slider option allows you to display a variety of pages or posts in a rotating fashion front and center to allow viewers to get a better idea of what your site has to offer. Each slide is clickable and makes it easy for the viewer to get from the homepage to whichever page you’re showcasing.
So, how do I add images to my slider?
The Genesis Slider works in two ways… you can either opt to have the slider display your most recent posts (choosing the number of posts to display yourself in the Slider Settings) OR you can hand choose which posts/pages to display on your own. Say you don’t want to showcase your most recent posts because you have those featured elsewhere on your site, but would rather direct viewers to more important pages on your site, like your ABOUT page or the link to where you sell your products.
First things first, you’ll want to make sure that you have downloaded and installed the Genesis Responsive Slider. This plugin ensures that your slider works properly when the site is viewed on a mobile device (which is imperative as ALL Restored 316 themes are now mobile responsive). Each theme has it’s own setup instructions for applying the appropriate dimensions for the theme you’ve selected (you can find those dimensions in the Setup and Support Section).
Next, you’ll want to either create the pages or posts you want to use or decide which of your existing content you want to include. When you’re doing this, you’ll have to make SURE that the post or page has a set Featured Image. If you aren’t sure how to do this, navigate to the ADD NEW POST or PAGE section to create a new one or navigate to where your existing content is and click EDIT.
Whether you’re adding new content or editing old content, the SET FEATURED IMAGE section is in the same place for both posts and pages.
You can then choose from images already in your WordPress Library or upload a new image. Once you’ve done that, click SAVE.
Adding your Chosen Posts or Pages to the Slider
One thing to keep in mind when you want to use specific posts or pages in your slider is that it has to be one or the other. You can’t display some posts and some pages in the slider. You will have to choose between the two.
If you are going to use posts, you’ll want to categorize the posts you want included in the slider so that they are together and easier for you to set apart specifically for the slider. To do this, you’ll want to navigate to ALL POSTS > CATEGORIES. From there, you’ll want to choose a name for this specific category.
Once you’ve created that category, you’ll just add/edit the posts you want to include and be sure that they are set to THIS specific category.
From there, you’ll need to make sure that your Slider recognizes that you want only THESE specific posts to be included in the Slider. Navigate back to the GENESIS > SLIDER SETTINGS area of your WordPress Dashboard. From there, you’ll choose the category you’ve designated to be your Slider Posts from the drop down menu and click SAVE.
Excluding your Slider Posts from your Blog
If you’ve created specific posts that you want to show up ONLY in your slider, you may want to remove those posts from your Blog Page. To do that and ensure that those posts are only visible if clicked on through the Slider, you’ll have to specify to leave out that category on your blog page. For this, you’ll need to grab your category ID. Simply navigate to your CATEGORIES again and click EDIT on the one that you want the Category ID for. Once you do, you’ll see the ID in the URL window.
Once you find it, navigate to your Genesis Theme Settings (GENESIS > THEME SETTINGS) and scroll all the way down to where you see BLOG PAGE TEMPLATE. Where it asks what category ID to exclude, you’ll place the category number of the specific category you’ve chosen. Then just click SAVE!
What if I don’t want my slides to be clickable? What if I just want to showcase the photo without linking the image anywhere?
That’s a great question, and one that gets asked often. Many times, someone just wants to showcase a bunch of beautiful images rather than trying to use the slider to promote posts without realizing how easy and quick it is to disable this function.
Okay, the plugin is installed and the dimensions are set, but the images are still clickable…
No problem! Navigate back to your slider settings through the GENESIS > SLIDER SETTINGS option in your WordPress dashboard. Once you’re there, you will see a section toward the bottom of the page that looks like this:
Simply check the box next to the DO NOT LINK SLIDER IMAGE box and hit save. This will disable your images from being clickable and instead give you that simple, rotating image slider.
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