Create Content Slideshow Section On WordPress Page

The Organic Content Slideshow Widget displays a section of posts with featured images and excerpts in the form of a slideshow.

Within the widget options you can select the post category to be displayed, and also choose the slideshow transition style (fade or slide), as well as the number of posts to be displayed in the slideshow. Slides have arrows to skip forward or backward, but will change automatically. You can also customize the transition time between each slide.

After installing and activating the Organic Builder Widgets plugin:

  1. Apply Organic Custom page template to selected page.
  2. Update or Publish the page.
  3. Click the Customize Page button.
  4. Click the + Add A Widget button.
  5. Select the Organic Content Slideshow widget.
  6. Select the Post Category you want to display from the dropdown menu within the widget, then select any additional options (Slide Interval, Transition Style, Max Number Of Posts).
  7. Optionally add a background image or color.

*Tip: If you want all your slides to be the same size, don’t forget to equally resize and edit all of the featured images for you posts in a photo editing program first, like Photoshop.

Create Blog Posts Section On WordPress Page

The Organic Blog Posts Widget displays a section your most recent blog posts from a selected category on the page of your choice.

This is an example of Organic Custom Blog Posts widget.

After installing and activating the free Organic Builder Widgets plugin follow these instructions:

  1. Apply Organic Custom page template to selected page.
  2. Update or Publish the page.
  3. Click the Customize Page button.
  4. Click the + Add A Widget button.
  5. Select the Organic Blog Posts widget.
  6. Fill out desired fields (title & subtitle, post category, max number of posts, column number).
  7. You may also choose a background color or image for this section.

Create Hero Section On WordPress Page

The Organic Hero Widget is a great way to display a full-screen content content that represents you or your business. Add a page section with your favorite nature photo and an inspirational quote. Or perhaps a fun team photo with your company’s mission statement. A background video with… well, you get the idea. The possibilities are endless! You can also add buttons that link to a designated URL, like a page or purchase form.

This is an example of the Organic Custom Hero widget. (Full Window Height Section applied)

After installing and activating the Organic Builder Widgets plugin, follow these instructions to add a Hero Section:

  1. Apply Organic Custom page template within selected page.
  2. Update or Publish the page.
  3. Click the Customize Page button.
  4. Click the + Add A Widget button.
  5. Select the Organic Hero widget.
  6. Add title and subtext as desired, within indicated fields.
  7. Add a background image, color, or video. (Note: To add a background video: Within the YouTube site, click the “Share” button underneath the video, then copy and paste the URL within the YouTube Video URL field.)
  8. To add button links, simply give the button a title (Featured Link Text field), then copy/paste URL into Featured Link URL.
  9. Additional: You may move content via Content Alignment arrows, or adjust section height by checking indicated boxes.

How To Use Organic Builder Widgets

The Organic Builder Widgets plugin is an extremely powerful plugin for building dynamic pages using custom widgets as content sections. The plugin utilizes the core WordPress customizer, and works with ANY theme.

Adding Widgets

After installing and activating the theme, follow these steps to start adding and using widgets:

  1. Add a new page under Pages > Add New.
  2. Under Page Attributes apply the “Organic Custom” page Template.
  3. Update or Publish the page.
  4. Click the blue Customize Page button. This will take you into the WordPress Customizer for that page.
  5. Click the + Add a Widget button to begin adding Organic Widgets to the page.
  6. Continue adding and arranging widgets on the page as you see fit.
  7. Save & Publish your changes.

Note: The “Organic Custom” page template needs to be applied to any page before you can begin adding widgets to it.

It’s that simple. There are several custom Organic Widgets included with the plugin. Each widget acts as a unique content section — such as a slideshow, testimonials or pricing table. The widgets can be dragged and dropped into position to change the order in which they appear on the page. Additionally, your changes update in real-time within the Customizer. So you can see exactly what your site looks like at all time. It’s a fast, simple and secure way to build dynamic pages.

Editing Widgets

It’s possible to lose track of where widgets have been added after leaving and re-entering the Customizer. Follow these steps to edit a widget you have already added:

  1. Within the Customizer preview window, navigate to the page on your site where the widgets have been added.
  2. Click the Blue Edit Icon next to the widget. This will automatically pull up the widget panel and options for that widget within the Customizer.
  3. Begin changing the widget options.
  4. Save & Publish your changes.

Click the blue edit icon to change options for any widget.

Included Widgets

The following widgets are included with the Organic Customizer Widgets plugin. Click the link for each widget to demo the appearance within our StartUp Theme.

  • Hero – A full browser height section with featured text and a call to action.
  • Blog – Display a section of blog posts from any category in a chosen layout.
  • Content Slideshow – A full width slideshow of featured posts with background images.
  • Feature List – A list of features with icons displayed in multiple column layouts.
  • Portfolio – A section of posts displayed as portfolio images in a masonry layout.
  • Subpage – Display any page content as a section within another page or use custom content.
  • Team – A section of team members from a selected post category.
  • Testimonials – A slideshow of testimonials from a selected category or custom post type.
  • Profile (Groupable) – A personal profile with an image, bio and social media links.
  • Pricing Table (Groupable) – A section of pricing tables with a featured list and link to purchase.
  • Featured Product (Groupable) – Allows you to display eCommerce products with featured image, purchase link, and pricing info.

Each widget can be customized by changing the background color, images and custom options. Once you’re familiar with using these widgets, the options really are endless.

Groupable Widgets

Profile Widgets that have been grouped together.

The Profile, Pricing Table and Featured Content widgets are groupable. Meaning, if you add multiple widgets of the same type next to each other, they will automatically group together into a single section. Groupable widgets are visually marked with a colored border within the Customizer, as seen in the screenshot to the left.

Note: If a non-groupable widget, or a groupable widget of a different type is added between a defined group, it will break the group. Groupable widgets will display as single full-width sections if they are not grouped with other widgets.

Using Organic Customizer Widgets, you can create dynamic pages on any WordPress website, using virtually any theme! The plugin uses core WordPress functionality. That means there is no bulky proprietary code or endless shortcodes that will drastically decrease the performance of your website. Plus, it’s completely free! There is no vendor lock-in, and your widgets can be migrated between themes and websites with ease. Pretty cool.

If you have any questions regarding usage of the plugin, please post your requests in the support forums. This is a completely free plugin, so if you are in need of faster support, please refer to our Priority Support service.

Add Google Fonts To Your WordPress Theme

With Organic Themes, we believe some functionality should be reserved for plugins, not theme options. Adding or changing fonts within your theme is one of those features.

In this tutorial we will explain how to manually add new fonts within the code using Google Fonts, and how to change fonts using a plugin.

The History of Fonts on the Web

I think it’s important to give a brief history of fonts on the web. Until somewhat recently, changing fonts on a website was limited to only a handful of core fonts for the web. There were workarounds using Flash and images, but it was a painstaking process. With the creation of solutions like the CSS rule @font-face, free solutions like Google Fonts and paid services like Typekit — the web finally became a place for good (or bad) typography.

Of the many new solutions, my recommendation is to use Google Fonts when changing fonts in your theme. It’s free, easy and there are plenty of great fonts available. There are plenty of bad fonts available as well. A lesson in typography may be worth considering if you don’t have a design background. If you do have a design background, but the Google font Montserrat just doesn’t cut it as a replacement for Avenir, than you may want to consider using @font-face. However, it will require a license to use the web font and hosting the font files on your server. Using Google Fonts skips that messy stuff, and that will be the focus of this tutorial.

Manually Adding A Google Font

Within Organic Themes, there are 2 files that will need to be edited in order to manually add a Google Font — the style.css and header.php files. I’m going to cover adding a single Google Font to your theme, but the process is similar for adding a “collection” of Google Fonts to your theme.

This is roughly a 10 minute process. If the manual integration isn’t for you, skip to the plugin section to speed things along.

Okay, let’s dive in:

Step 1. Cruise over to Google Fonts and choose your desired font. This is probably the most time consuming portion of the whole process.

Step 2. When you have found that perfect Google Font, choose the Quick Use button as illustrated below. We will be using Montserrat as our example.

google-fonts-quick-use

Step 3. On the Quick Use page, select the font weights and styles you wish to use in the theme.

Step 4. Upon selecting your styles, Google will provide code similar to this:

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

The code should be added before the closing </head> tag in the header.php file located within the Appearance > Editor section of the WordPress admin, then choosing “Header” from the list of template files on the right. Update the file after the code has been added.

Step 5. Now we need to tell the theme where the new font should be used. That is accomplished within the stylesheet. Still within the Appearance > Editor section, choose “Stylesheet” from the list of files on the right.

Fonts are generally applied to the body and heading classes within the stylesheet. However, there are instances where fonts may be applied to other elements within a theme, such as buttons, forms, etc. Generally, the focus will be on changing the body and heading fonts. As an example, changing the body font may look something like this:

Body class with old font:

body {
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

Body class with new Google Font applied:

body {
font-family: 'Montserrat', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

Note: Google Fonts should always be surrounded by single quotations.

Step 6. Update the stylesheet with the new changes, and your new Google Font will be applied to all body text throughout your theme. This same process applies to changing other fonts within the theme.

If your new font isn’t displaying, make sure the font name is spelled correctly, it’s wrapped in single quotes and has a comma after the font if necessary. Also, if you have a caching plugin active, you may need to delete the cache before noticing the change.

Within Organic Themes, every theme stylesheet has a table of contents. The body class is always the first style. This should make it easy to locate your body class and headings for manually changing fonts.

Using A Plugin

If you don’t want to mess with any code, there are plenty of great WordPress plugins available for changing fonts within your theme.

We recommend the Easy Google Fonts plugin. This plugin will load the entire Google Font directory into WordPress. Using the Appearance > Customizer, you can easily change the body and heading fonts, colors and styles within your theme.

Remember to choose your fonts wisely. Legibility is one of the most important factors to consider when creating a professional website. And never use Comic Sans or Papyrus.