Alternative to SP Responsive Slider

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  • #80570

    Mealtog
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    Does anyone have another responsive slider that I can test out? Running into a technical issue that not even SP tech can resolve. Any suggestion would be great.

    #80587

    braddalton
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    Soliloquy is very good in my opinion.


    #80627

    Summer
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    In addition to Soliloquy (try the lite version first), I also ended up using Responsive Slider once in a situation where the Genesis Responsive Slider wasn’t an optimal solution.

    What’s the issue you’re running into? You have me curious now…


    #80676

    Mealtog
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    Thanks for the suggestions Bead and Summer. Unfortunately, neither come with an easy Widget where I can drop into Home Top. Any other possible solutions that can allow to show featured images for any / all categories in a Widget form?

    The SP Responsive slider (as well as throughout Genesis 2 child themes like in Content Archives) is not working properly when Post Content and Character Limit is set to ON for the non Latin character set that we are using. So disappointed actually. Had to revert to using Excerpt and the <!–more–> tag in every post. Definitely not what I want to do when we are already running the latest HTML 5 theme. If anyone has a fix or resolution, do share as well.

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    #80678

    Summer
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    Does it have to have a widget? For Responsive Slider, all I did was add one line of PHP to the home.php template, and done. To just test out to see if it could work, it’s 5 minutes to add, test, and remove, maybe :)

    So, you’re saying that the Genesis 2 framework and themes aren’t playing well with UTF-8, or is something else going on with just the plugin? I thought adding language files was supposed to help with that… that’s what I get for not having played with language files in WordPress all that much… I wish I could tell you for sure.


    #80683

    Mealtog
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    Summer, maybe you can clarify. I do see it’s a 1 line install but it also looks like the slider needs to be loaded with images? As per: http://wordpress.org/plugins/responsive-slider/installation/

    I am looking for a slider to display the most recent 5 posts on the home page. Responsive Slider is not meant for this correct?

    As for Gen 2, I don’t think it’s the framework issue. We have nailed it down to to the PHP used in the child theme to limit Post Content not working well with non Latin characters. It will not display any post content in fact, either in slider or content archives. In summary:

    - post content with no character limitation + MORE tag works but the slider will show a duplicate of the featured image alongside the first image in the post when it’s above the MORE tag.

    - post content with character limitation does not work. No post content is shown.

    - post content without character limitation does not work either as it will show full post in slider.

    - post excerpt + more tag works in content archives but slider still does not show (read more) link.

    This is a real pain at the moment. Don’t want to tell all writers to use the MORE tag in EVERY post. Yikes.

    If anyone has suggestions as to how I can by-pass the child theme to display the above, do share. I can hack code, just need to know what to hack.

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    #80689

    Summer
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    Yes, you’re right. Responsive Slider is my option for when I need a slider whose images aren’t needed in connection with posts and pages. I also use LayerSlider when I want to do that and get fancy.

    Which child theme are you using, and how are you using featured images? If your featured image is also the first post image, I wonder if that’s related to the quirk with how Genesis handles fallback featured images. Gary Jones encouraged me to write a plugin to disable that, which I did, and which he also standardized it for me to bring it in line with current WP plugin guidelines.

    Is this the same theme you mentioned in a different thread with the blank archives problem? Is this problem coming from the theme settings or from the Featured Posts widget settings? Is this site online now so we could take a peek?

    Also, if your images aren’t exactly the same as what’s defined for the slider, your page will bounce up and down as it adjusts to the image size (talk about crazy making).


    #80702

    Mealtog
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    I am pretty sure it’s not related to the featured images as we were able to track this issue down to the php code in the child theme that controls character count. Site is not online yet so can’t share a URL. I cannot remember another thread about blank archives but this issue does affect archive content is you choose Post Content. In fact, I think it may also affect RSS feeds as well as I cannot get it to show summary instead of full. All these seem to be pointing to the fact that controlling character count does not work well with Metro Pro, not sure about any other theme but from the response I received from SP, it sounds like all child themes.

    #80706

    Summer
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    I did reply to a thread here about someone having problems with content archives not displaying the excerpt, but I think it was another user….

    Aha! found it… it was another thread you’d started about this: http://www.studiopress.com/forums/topic/genesis-responsive-slider-not-showing-content/

    If my php-fu was stronger, I’d offer to take a look at it for you, but I’m not sure I could help in this case.

    That’s weird that it’s happening with all child themes and no one has any idea how to fix it… that sounds like the problem I have with the auto-generated archives for some custom post types in the HTML5 child themes. Every single one of them spews out extra post info data before the actual entry listings, and no one but me seems interested in fixing it. SP even told me that it wasn’t a Genesis issue, that it was a child theme issue, but all the child themes do it, SP’s and 3rd party themes, and other HTML5 themes don’t create that mess.


    #80714

    Mealtog
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    Ah yes, I do remember all your help in that post. I tried all the variations you suggested and that helped us pin point the issue.

    At this point, I am not sure if it’s Genesis, child themes, php or even MySQL table settings that is not playing nice with certain non Latin characters. I just know we are left with just a title in the slider and no read more links and there is no resolution. And even getting to this point meaning we have to use the MORE tag, so 2008 no? Things are not always as easy as they seem?

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    #80764

    Summer
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    It’s the fact that you have to manually use the “more” tag to get it to work that’s a puzzle to me. That’s literally something I’ve never seen before.

    Did you try this with a non-Genesis setup yet? You wouldn’t be able to see any results in the slider, but you would be able to see results in your archives and your RSS feed… if it works there, you know it should work in the slider as well.

    And have you tried a fresh database with a different charset setup, just to test? That would be one thing I’d want to pull off the table of possible causes first, because to me, it seems like it’d be the harder one to resolve once you get a live site operational.


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