WordPress - Custom posts generator

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☝️ Note: This generator is only available in the Pro version.

With this dynamic slide generator you can show the contents of your custom posts.

What are custom posts?

Plugins, which are storing multiple datas are usually saving down their contents as custom posts. For example WooCommerce's products are custom posts, Events Manager's events are custom posts and you could even use this generator to display them. In WordPress this appears the same way your regular WordPress pages and WordPress posts are displayed in a list. (By the way WordPress pages are custom posts as well.) This means, if you have a plugin, which shows your datas the same way in the admin area, then most likely you will be able to use our slider to display its contents.

There are plugins like Custom Post Type UI, which are allowing you to create custom posts and also a lot of themes are creating custom post types for specific purposes. For example, if you have a real estate theme, you might have an "apartments" or similar custom post type in it and if you have a cinema theme, you might have "movies" custom post type.

Tutorial

1
Creating a new dynamic slide

To get started, go to any Slider Settings page and add a new dynamic slide. Select Posts, and and choose one of the Custom generators.

2
Configuring the generator

Set up your generator. Choose the settings you want. Popular options you probably want to configure: category where your content will be pulled from, the number of slides you want to have, the ordering of the content.

You can also click on the View Records button to see the data you'll be creating your slide with.

When you're done, click on Add.

3
Editing the dynamic slide

After you saved your generator, you'll be redirected to the Slide Editor to set up the look of your slide. You can create your content by using variables.

Not sure what are the variables or how to use them? Learn how to work with variables.

Custom Posts (post)/Pages (page)

Creates slides from the following post type: post/page.

Configuration

You can use these options to set what you want your generator to show.

Filter

Taxonomies

Custom posts can have taxonomies, for example a post's category is a taxonomy, a tag is a taxonomy, etc., so the groups of your custom posts. You can filter based on these taxonomies and with the relation option you can select wether you want to get posts, where all the selected taxonomies are applied or where either one or the other applies. The relation option only works between the different taxonomies, not within one taxonomy. For example if you only have categories taxonomy and you select two categories, the relation between them will always be OR. If you have two taxonomies, like categories and tags, select one category and one tag, you can use this relation option to choose AND or OR relation between them.

Post IDs To Display

You can make your generator display only the posts with the set ID. No other post will be fetched, even if they match the set filters. Write one ID per line.

Exclude posts

The selected post IDs won't appear in the generator, even if they they match the set filters. Write one ID per line.

Post status

Posts can have different statuses, like "published", "pending", "confirmed" etc.. You can filter based on these.

Post Meta Comparison

Custom posts have meta keys, for example a product's price can be a meta key, and an event's starting date, too. Basically these are the datas of your posts. You can compare these keys with values, for example you could show posts, where the "onstock" value is "yes".

Field name

You can select a custom field name here. Only show posts, where the given meta key is equal to the given meta value.

Compare method

You can compare the field name with the field value. You can select from more methods.

Field value

Besides manually written texts or numbers, you can use some keywords, too.

Meta comparison

You can create other comparison based on the previous "Field name" and "Compare method" options. Use the following format: published||=||yes. You can manually write down any number of comparisons. Write one comparison per line.

Post option

You can select a post option here.

Post relationship with selected option

You can choose to only display posts, which are selected to be IN or NOT IN this option.

Date Configuration

You can make our code try to identify your date and time values to format + translate them. For the formatting you can find the usable characters here. (There isn't a PHP function, that can identify datetime values, because for example a simple number, like 1 could represent a time value too. So this is just a function written by us, which seems to work in most cases, but it is not a 100% working solution.)

Identify Datetime

Our system tries to identify the date and time in your variables.

Datetime Format

You can use any PHP date format.

Translate Dates

Write one per line in the following format: from||to. E.g.: Monday||Montag.

Replace Variables

Timestamp Variables

Timestamps cannot be identified, as any positive number can be a timestamp, but if you enter the timestamp variable's name, like starttime, then you can make our code turn them into dates, using the given format. The "Datetime format" will be used to create dates from the given timestamp containing variables. Separate them with comma.

File Variables

If you have IDs of files, you can replace those variables with the urls of the files instead. Separate them with comma.

Remove Duplicate Results

You can remove results based on one variable's uniqueness. For example if you want the images to be unique, you could write the image variable into this field.

This code has to happen after the custom posts were asked down, so the "Slides" number at your generator's settings represents all the slides and the not unique values will be removed from that. To be able to manage this better, you could write a bigger number into the "Slides" field, to surely have the number of slides you want and with the Maximum slide count option you would be able to set the number of slides you actually want.

Order

Field

The field which decides the ordering of your content.

  • Post date
  • ID
  • Title
  • Modification date
  • Random
  • Given IDs - If you used the "Only display these posts" option, you can make them appear with the given order.
  • Menu order - Posts can have manual ordering in WordPress and this would show your posts in that order.
Order

The order direction.

  • Ascending
  • Descending
Custom Field Name

If this option is used, the Field setting won't be used anymore! Instead the meta data of the posts will be used. For example your events probably have EventStartDate or similar meta datas, which would allow you to show the events in the order they are happening. Other example is, that your products have prices and you could show your cheapest products.

Order

Since you can store numeric and alphabetic values too, you have to select which one are you currently using for the ordering.

  • Numeric
  • Alphabetic

Generator Settings

Learn about the Generator Settings at the Generator Settings documentation.

Variables

These are the available variables you can use to build your dynamic slide content in the Slide Editor.

Not sure what are the variables or how to use them? Learn how to work with variables.

  • id - The id of the post.
  • url - Url to the post.
  • title - The title of the post.
  • excerpt - Excerpt of the post.
  • modified - Date of the last modification.
  • content, description - The content of the post.
  • author, author_name - The display name of the post's author.
  • author_url - Url to the website of the post's author.
  • category_name - The name of the post's category.
  • category_name_[x] - The name of the post's category. This variable was made, if you have multiple categories selected for your post, you can show more, not just the first one.
  • category_link - Url to the post's category.
  • category_link_[x] - Url to the post's category. This variable was made, if you have multiple categories selected for your post, you can show more, not just the first one.
  • image, thumbnail, featured_image - The featured image of the post.
  • image_[size] - Different image sizes for the featured image of the post.
  • Advanced custom field variables. Advanced custom field stores their variables in many different ways, so it is not 100% that you can get all your variables!
  • The meta datas of the post. Meta data can be stored in many different ways, so it is not 100% that you can get all your meta datas!

All custom posts

Creates slides from the posts of all your post types.

Configuration

You can use these options to set what you want your generator to show.

Filter

Post types

You can select a custom post type.

Taxonomies

Custom posts can have taxonomies, for example a post's category is a taxonomy, a tag is a taxonomy, etc., so the groups of your custom posts. You can filter based on these taxonomies and with the relation option you can select wether you want to get posts, where all the selected taxonomies are applied or where either one or the other applies. The relation option only works between the different taxonomies, not within one taxonomy. For example if you only have categories taxonomy and you select two categories, the relation between them will always be OR. If you have two taxonomies, like categories and tags, select one category and one tag, you can use this relation option to choose AND or OR relation between them.

Post IDs to display

You can make your generator display only the posts with the set ID. No other post will be fetched, even if they match the set filters. Write one ID per line.

Sticky

Posts can have options, like a post can be sticky or not.

Post status

Posts can have different statuses, like "published", "pending", "confirmed" etc.. You can filter based on these.

Post Meta Comparison

Custom posts have meta keys, for example a product's price can be a meta key, and an event's starting date, too. Basically these are the datas of your posts. You can compare these keys with values, for example you could show posts, where the "onstock" value is "yes".

Field name

You can select a custom field name here. Only show posts, where the given meta key is equal to the given meta value.

Compare method

You can compare the field name with the field value. You can select from more methods.

Field value

Besides manually written texts or numbers, you can use some keywords, too.

Meta comparison

You can create other comparison based on the previous "Field name" and "Compare method" options. Use the following format: published||=||yes. You can manually write down any number of comparisons. Write one comparison per line.

Order

Field

The field which decides the ordering of your content.

  • Post date
  • ID
  • Title
  • Modification date
  • Random
  • Given IDs - If you used the "Only display these posts" option, you can make them appear with the given order.
  • Menu order - Posts can have manual ordering in WordPress and this would show your posts in that order.
Order

The order direction.

  • Ascending
  • Descending

Generator Settings

Learn about the Generator Settings at the Generator Settings documentation.

Variables

These are the available variables you can use to build your dynamic slide content in the Slide Editor.

Not sure what are the variables or how to use them? Learn how to work with variables.

  • id - The id of the post.
  • url - Url to the post.
  • title - The title of the post.
  • excerpt - Excerpt of the post.
  • modified - Date of the last modification.
  • content, description - The content of the post.
  • author, author_name - The display name of the post's author.
  • author_url - Url to the website of the post's author.
  • category_name - The name of the post's category.
  • category_name_[x] - The name of the post's category. This variable was made, if you have multiple categories selected for your post, you can show more, not just the first one.
  • category_link - Url to the post's category.
  • category_link_[x] - Url to the post's category. This variable was made, if you have multiple categories selected for your post, you can show more, not just the first one.
  • image, thumbnail, featured_image - The featured image of the post.
  • image_[size] - Different image sizes for the featured image of the post.
  • Advanced custom field variables. Advanced custom field stores their variables in many different ways, so it is not 100% that you can get all your variables!
  • The meta datas of the post. Meta data can be stored in many different ways, so it is not 100% that you can get all your meta datas!

Keywords

⚠️ Warning: The keywords aren't functions, they don't accept parameters, so you must use them as you can see them here.

At the Post custom fields option you can use these keywords as the "Field value":

current_date

This value is generated by the WordPress given current_time function:

current_time('mysql');
which produces this format:
2005-08-05 10:41:13

You can compare this to dates having the same format.

current_date_timestamp

This value is generated by the WordPress given current_time function:

current_time('timestamp');

which produces a Unix timestamp similar to this:

1557130874

You can compare this to dates stored as timestamps.

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