WordPress is a great content management system (CMS) because of its versatility. You can use it to create anything from forums, to 100+ page business website, to community pages. Or you can simply create a blog. You have a choice of over 1468 template themes, 18138 plugins; at last count. No wonder it’s the most used CMS on the internet. WordPress plugins are great for enhancing your theme and extend the functionality of your website or blog. jQuery sliders, slideshows, and galleries are extremely common on different types of websites. They enable you to showcase the content of your site using images and text that keep the visitors engaged. Fortunately there are a number of great WordPress plugins that make it easy to add a slideshow to your blog in a matter of minutes.
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Featured Article Lite Plugin
This website, surprise surprise, is proudly powered by WordPress. And one of my favorite plugins is Featured Article Lite (FA), by Constantin Boiangiu, that I use for my homepage. The FA is slideshow plugin that allows you to create sliders in your blog pages directly from your already written content, be it posts or pages. The pro version also allows you to create sliders with video.
Here is why I love this plugin. You have a choice of different themes: 3-7. And get this, you can create your own themes and add to its functionality and look. So it’s really easy for me to change the look of my homepage and keep it fresh.
That’s what I plan to do in the coming 12 months. I’m going to create a new FA theme every month and I’m going to share the theme with you. It’s February and the sun is shining bright in Nairobi. I thought it’d be nice to have a blue theme.
This month’s theme is called Thinking Blue and you can download it here.
This only works for the classic theme. All in all the Thinking Blue color theme contains 1 CSS file and 3 image files. If you don’t use the bottom and sideways navigation, you don’t need the image files.
You’ll need to install the Thinkin-Blue.css (stylesheet file) into the plugin/featured-articles-lite/themes/classic/colors and the image files need to go into the plugin /featured-articles-lite/themes/classic/images.
Once you’ve installed the files onto your host server, go to your WordPress Dashboard. Click on FA Lite-Sliders. If you want to edit a pre-existing slider, select the slider. If not, create a new slider. In the Slider Option-Slider theme choose the Classic as your Base Theme and Thinking-Blue as your Color Theme. See image below.
That’s it. Choose other options for the slider that suite your needs, and remember to save the changes that you’ve made.
There you have it, a simple way to change the color of your slide.
Let me know if you like the Thinking Blue color theme, or not. If you need further help installing, let me know. I’ll post a new theme next month. Watch this space. Happy blogging.