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Old Feb 12, 2012, 04:36 PM
imissamerica
 
13 posts · Nov 2009
Hello,
I've been trying for months to figure out how to make my blog: http://www.bigswingingchicks.com/, have a featured post area similar to this site http://www.theawl.com/ or this site http://www.uproxx.com/. I have no idea where to put the code, I have downloaded several plugins but haven't gotten any to work. I think this WP Featured Content Slider (http://www.iwebix.de/featured-conten...dpress-plugin/) is good but I don't know where to put the code. I tried adding to CSS sheet and my whole site was disabled. Please please advice. I love atahualpa and appreciate all the help!
Thanks!
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 05:03 PM
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21,684 posts · Mar 2009
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you could add a new widget area to the 'Configure Header Area' option and put the widget in it.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 06:34 PM
imissamerica
 
13 posts · Nov 2009
Thank you but I am not sure how to create a widget that would allow me to feature a post and then have that post show (if that is what you recommend). I tried creating a widget a while ago but was unsuccessful.
1. Am I supposed to download a plugin, then add a new widget to the configure header option with the code of the plugin in there?

Or am I supposed to create the widget, put the code in the widget, then put the name of the widget in the configure header area? If that is the case, I currently have this in my configure widget area "%image %pages %bar1 %logo". So would I just put the name of the new widget somewhere in there?

2. Since I am not using bar2, is it not possible to put the code for the plugin in there?

Any further advice would be much appreciated.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 07:10 PM
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21,684 posts · Mar 2009
OSX 10.8.5 WP 3.8.x Atahualpa 3.7.x Safari 6.x Firefox 25 XP
If the 'WP Featured Content Slider' has a widget here is what0 you should do
1) install the 'WP Featured Content Slider' plugin
2) go to ato->New widget area and follow the instructions - I'd suggest just putting the minimun in for now
3) put the new widget area code in teh 'configure header area' option
4) view the front page of your site
5) go to the widget area - you should now see the new widget area you created
6) put the 'WP Featured Content Slider's plugin in your new widget area.
you should be done - other any customizing the plugin requires.

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Old Feb 12, 2012, 07:40 PM
imissamerica
 
13 posts · Nov 2009
Thank you-- I will try this first thing tomorrow.

I have no problem experimenting and apologize for needing such explicit directions but I basically crashed my site last time I dug too deep in the experimenting so I am being cautious now.

Thanks for the help!
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 01:54 AM
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Do go do regular backups? You should do one before any major design change
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 04:51 PM
imissamerica
 
13 posts · Nov 2009
I finally got to back up my site, and tried the instructions you gave me but nothing is showing up.
1. I created a new widget called "My new widget area" in the configure header area I now have
%image %pages %bar1 %logo <?php bfa_widget_area('name=My new widget area'); ?>
2. Then I went to my widgets and added a text box into the My New Widget Area where I put the code of the WP Featured Content Slider "%image %pages %bar1 %logo <?php bfa_widget_area('name=My new widget area'); ?>".
3. I saved that and then clicked several posts to be featured, but nothing is showing up.

Perhaps this isn't the best plugin but if anyone can please help me either figure out what I am doing wrong or suggest a better plugin I would appreciate it. I wish I could experiment more and get it right but I don't know coding well enough for that
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 08:27 PM
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9,954 posts · Jul 2009
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Quote:
Originally Posted by imissamerica
2. Then I went to my widgets and added a text box into the My New Widget Area where I put the code of the WP Featured Content Slider "%image %pages %bar1 %logo <?php bfa_widget_area('name=My new widget area'); ?>".
According to the plugin instruction you should put the following where you want the slider.
PHP Code:
<?php include (ABSPATH '/wp-content/plugins/wp-featured-content-slider/content-slider.php'); ?>
But as you should be aware of php won't work in the native text widget so you need to install a plugin that gives you a php aware text widget and then put the code for the slider in it or use a plugin like 'exec-php'
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Last edited by juggledad; Feb 19, 2012 at 04:29 AM.
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 03:50 PM
imissamerica
 
13 posts · Nov 2009
Thank you! I was trying to put the code in a txt widget! My bad.

Thanks to all for the help!

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