All of our themes come with 2 options when choosing a slider for your home page… The built in Default Slider, the option to add any other slider via a shortcode.
Or the extra option to completely remove the slider.
1) Using the Default Slider
This slider is a very basic slider and it is only available on the home page of the themes it comes with.
Step 1: Create a new Category for the slider
Start out by going to Posts -> Categories in the WordPress Dashboard and create a new category called Slider (or any name you want to use) that you will tag the slider posts into. Further down we also show you how to exclude this category from the Blog list.
On the Categories page you can enter the name for the new category and then click the blue button Add New Category. You will then see the new category appear on the right hand side, displaying in the list of all the categories that are under your posts section.
We’ve added a new column which displays the Category ID’s for you so you can easily find the ID of the category you’ve just created. In this case, we’ve created a new category called Slider which has the ID of 28. This is the number (Category ID) which we will enter into the Slider Categories section in the Customizer settings.
A common mistake is for users to enter the Post ID’s here… The Slider Categories settings only accepts one Category ID or multiple categories ID’s separated by a comma.
Eg: 28, 3, 1
Step 2: Add Category ID to slider settings
Once you’ve created the new category and you’ve remembered the category ID, you can then go to the WordPress Customizer. Also found under Appearance -> Customize in the WordPress Dashboard.
If you go to Customize -> Theme Settings -> Home Page Slider you will see a setting called Slider Categories… This is where you will enter the ID of the new category you added for your slider posts.
Please Note: the path to the setting might differ per theme.
Examples of where the settings maybe be under:
Customize -> Theme Settings -> Home Page Slider
Customize -> Layout Settings -> HomePage Slider.
So you might need to have a look in a different section for the slider settings.
Now that you’ve entered the slider category into the settings you will probably see the slider disappear. This is because you have not yet created slider posts to display in the slider.
Once you create slider posts and tag them into the Slider category, your slides will then show up on the home page.
You can also add multiple categories if you like, in the following format -> “28, 3, 14″
Step 3: Create Default Slider posts
The next step is to go to Posts -> Add New in your WordPress Dashboard and create a new post for the slider you’ve just set up.
For the new slide you need to add:
- Slide Title
- Featured Image
- Excerpt / Extra text below the title
- Premium offers an extra custom link box to specify where the slide must link to
- Tag the slide into the Slider category
To display the Slide Custom Link box on each slide you will need to select the Link Slide to post settings under the slider settings in the Customizer.
Once you’ve added the new post correctly, you will then see the default slider appear on your home page. With a single post added, it will just show as a banner at the top. Once you add another post it will then turn into a slider and slide between the different posts.
Under Customize -> Theme Settings ->Home Page Slider you will find a bunch of extra settings for the Default Slider. You can change these settings to see exactly what they do before making the changes live. They are all pretty self explanatory.
Step 4: Remove the “Slider” category posts from the blog list (Optional)
This setting is optional of course, but guessing that you don’t want the slider posts to show up in the blog list, you can simply add the same slider category ID to the Exclude Blog Categories input, but to make it NOT SHOW the added Catgeory ID’s you need to add a minus sign ( – ) before the ID.
Eg: “-28, -17, -23, -48“.
You can add multiple ID’s separated by a comma (,) with a minus to remove multiple categories from the blog list.
Or, if you add multiple ID’s, separated by a comma (,) without the minus sign, then the blog list will show only the posts in those categories.
Eg: “28, 17, 23, 48“.
2) Adding a Slider using Meta Slider
We recommend using Meta Slider Pro for a more advanced, very customizable responsive slider that you should find very easy to use and create beautiful slides and place the shortcode on any page.
3) Or you can set it so there is no slider on the home page.
Otherwise you can completely remove the slider if you do not want to have it on your home page. Simply select the option None.