I thought the feature image was used for the header when the post is shown in full? (In other words, it needs to be 900 x 198 pixels, which is different aspect ratio and size from the slider thumbnail image..) Would it be better to pull the first image from the post (since embedded post images are more likely to be closer to the correct aspect ratio, since they fit in the post column)? Or any other workaround to make slider & header different images? Thanks.Admin
Nope, the featured image does not have to be 900 x 198 pixels, but it will only be displayed in the header if it has that size or bigger.
The featured image is automatically cropped before it is displayed as the slider image, so it doesn’t really matter what size your featured image is.
I agree that the ideal functionality would be to allow the user to select whether to use the featured image as the slider image or pull the first image from the post. But implementing the second feature – pulling the first image from post – is rather complicated without resorting to using a plugin. I have implemented this feature previously in another project, but the plugin that I used then is really quite messy, with PHP throwing out lots of errors and warnings. And having to include a plugin with the theme will make the theme partially dependable on that plugin, which I’m quite reluctant to do.
However, I do plan to implement this feature somehow in the future, when I have a little bit more free time to work with.
Note though that the implementation of the jQuery slider is still very basic, since it has just been introduced in the theme. I thought it will be good to make it available for use, albeit the basic functionality, and get feedback from the users on improving it. Rest assured that I will be improving it in future versions of the theme. So keep those suggestions coming!Admin
Just an update on the slider image. In the next update, you will be able to choose the image to use as slider image from the following options:
1. First image in post
2. The post’s Featured Image
3. Custom image by URL
In addition, you will also be able to set a global settings (e.g. use first image in post as slider image), but can override this settings in individual posts.
is it possible to put a video into the slider, does it have to respect
certain proportions in size?
I guess it is feasable to display a video instead of text in a post location?
is it possible to have no images at all in the Slider or in the first posts?
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