A WordPress Skill Lab

Task: Setting Home Page Slideshow

September 2, early morning:

Changing the Home Page Slideshow is tricky. My first one was not to my liking so I turned the feature off, added a new post with better images, and turned HPS back on. The old slideshow persisted. This is another attempt. Following instructions carefully, hoping for success.

New Zealand, 2004                                                                  Chicken of the Woods, N Carolina

New Zealand

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September 2, later:  Failure – the original picture persists alone, no slideshow at all.  The system may need more time to catch up with my edits so I will leave the feature turned off. Later today I will try again.

September 3:  After 12 hours of inaction with the “slideshow option” unchecked I rechecked it. It is still stuck on a single picture from the previous implementation.  Time to report it and request help.

September 4:  Instead of contacting “Help” I decided to continue on my own. I created a sort of mirror image blog to this one and named it Counterpoint. The Home Page Slideshow feature does not work on it – big disappointment.  I must be doing it wrong so I’ll study info again and have another go at it later.

Stay tuned –

PS At least I stumbled into the right way to link a URL to a site name (see Counterpoint link above). I’m inclined to fault the instructions but won’t offer a correction until I review it more carefully.

September 7:  With the help of Counterpoint I think I have it worked out. WordPress offers a lot of well-illustrated media help in step-by-step instruction. They cover many topics and I can’t find my way back to the full description of the “optional home page slideshow”.

But, Home Page general instructions say “How about a home page slideshow featuring 950px by 425px image attachments from your most recent posts?”  And I reall reading that if we click that option the system will “take it from there”.  After lots of trial and error I suspect it just looks for images that are the right size and grabs some at random.  A look at Counterpoint shows the results.

Verifying that will take more time than I want to give it. From now on I’ll just make sure that suitable images are the right size.

3 responses

  1. I finally made it over Mary, boy you have been a busy girl. Great photos, I will keep up on this as I keen for you to teach us all.;)
    I also love what you’ve put under the comments, are the in a footer? Looks smart, like it a lot. Glad you learnt how to do the links, feel free to ask about those kind of things, I may be able to help.
    Cheers Mary. 🙂
    Maggie@expatbrazil

    October 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

  2. mcrohio

    Hi friend! Thanks for commenting.
    When you ask about “what I put under the comments” – do you mean the menus? If so, it’s a choice you get in the Modularity Lite Theme: Widgets can go either down the right side or at the bottom. I tried them at the bottom and I like it. I’m glad you do, too.

    October 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  3. Thanks for the comment … not able to replay when you comment on the photos – so I have to come back to you here instead. I can’t believe that you got more snow. They are talking about that we will get cooler over here this weekend too, so it’s not too late for us neither. You drive carefully now … I don’t envy you in anyway and I hope that your doctor appointment will be for the good. Stay safe!

    March 12, 2014 at 7:24 am

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