To start with the Featured Pages Unlimited plugin, fire the WordPress customizer in appareance > customize and open the Featured Pages section.
The plugin comes with really cool options that are all set in live preview in the customizer before publishing live. This makes customization ridiculously simple.
You’ll find a complete documentation of this plugin here.
Exemples of integration with Customizr and the most popular WordPress themes
Location, number of pages / posts and layout
Since v1.4 of the plugin, you can choose a predefined location or set a custom one for your featured pages.
Choose a predefined location
The FPU plugin is compatible with any WordPress theme. By default, the featured pages block will be positioned right before your post list or your page on home.
For the most popular themes of WP.org, you will even have more predefined locations using some built-in hooks of those themes.
Just select a location in the dropdown list. To use a custom location, see the detailed documentation.
Define a page number
Just set a number of featured pages, save and refresh the customizer. The featured pages select fields will be generated automatically to allow you to choose the content you need to feature.
Choose a layout
You can choose 4 different layout in the dropdown list :
- 1 page by line
- 2 pages by line
- 3 pages by line
- 4 pages by line
The plugin uses a responsive fluid grid layout and will automatically adjust the featured pages to any devices, no matter which layout options you have choosen.
Setting a custom location New!
Since v1.4, you can now define a custom location very easily in three simple steps.
1) in the location dropdown list, select “Custom location”
2) in the text field that is revealed, write the name of your hook. For example : “my_custom_hook”
3) in your choosen template, add your hook as follow :
<?php do_action( 'my_custom_hook'); ?>
Hint : in most WordPress themes, the best place to add your hook is at the very bottom of the header.php template.
If your are new to hooks and templates in WordPress, you might want to read those resources :
Selecting your content
With Featured Pages Unlimited. you can feature any content of your WordPress website. Not only pages, but also posts and even custom post types you have created.
Just open the drop down list for each of your featured pages, and select your content.
Choosing your main colors
The main color section of the settings allows you to set the featured pages block background and to check the random colors option
Choosing the background color
You can easily choose your background color in live preview with a handy color picker
Enabling the random “flat design” looking colors Must try!
This is a really cool features which will make your home page look really unique for any visitor on your site. It uses a random “flat design” colors generator to paint your featured pages : image circle, title, text and button. Of course, it keeps the nice zoom effect when hovering the different featured pages.
The images are set with the “featured image” of each pages or posts. If you did not set a featured image, the plugin will select the first picture attached to the page/post and use it as a thumbnail.
You can show or hide the page/posts thumbnail in one click. If you have enabled the random colors option, check the “Override random colors” option to show your image. (checked by default).
New (Nov 2014)! You can choose the shape of the thumbnail and decide to apply or not an effect on mouse hover with a new dropdown list :
Below is a screenshot of 4 squared featured pages by line, with flat random colors enabled and with expand effect on mouse hover.
Title and excerpt settings
This option will help you to customize the look of title and the text of the excerpt. You can even hide theme if necessary. Just play with those options in the customizer before publishing live!
Customizing the call to action buttons
The buttons are very important since they are the doors of your visitor’s engagement. Choose their style carrefully in accordance with your theme.
Like for the thumbnails or the texts : if you have enabled the random colors option, check the “Override random colors” option to prioritize your custom button style.
Developers : Clean, extensible and robust code
This plugin offers a modular structure based on a comprehensive hook’s API (learn more about WordPress filters and actions). It uses the bests WordPress coding standards which makes customizations easy as breeze, without ever needing to modify the core structure.
In the snippets section of this websites, you can find many examples of ready to paste code snippets for the Featured Pages Unlimited WordPress plugin.