I build and work with many WordPress Websites designed with premium Theme providers including Themify.me, StudioPress, WooThemes, BizzThemes and the list goes on. Each Theme vendor uses certain functionality or style consistently among their various Themes. One gets to know the peculiarities of the various Theme providers over time.
As I also work with Elegant Themes often I thought I’d share a change that is very often requested.
Elegant Themes Featured Slider
Elegant Themes has awesome and full functioning Themes. Because of the options available it can sometimes be time-consuming to figure out how to make certain changes (and even to figure out if the option is available at all). The Featured Slider included with many Elegant Themes is beautiful and can include images and text from Pages or Posts.
Most of my clients use the Featured Slider to show a selection of Pages. Almost every client however asks how to control what text appears in the slider.
Changing what text appears in the Featured Slider
The slider by default shows the first +-400 characters of text added to a Page (the exact number of characters depends on the Theme used (e.g. the Minimal Theme uses 375 characters). The text displayed in the slider isn’t formatted so Website owners generally want a better way of controlling the text that appears.
Well here is the answer. Follow these simple instructions and then all you have to do is use the more tag immediately after the text you want to appear in the slider. Any text above the more tag in your Page will show in the slider. The instructions below are for the Minimal Theme but will be very similar for most Elegant Themes (e.g. Chameleon, SimplePress, Feather etc.).
- Using a FTP client such as Filezilla, go to the following directory in your WordPress install: wp-content/themes/Minimal/includes
- Using a text editor, open functions.php so that you may edit the file
- Search for
<?php the_content(''); ?>
- Save your changes.
Now you can control the text that appears in the Featured slider using the more tag.