WordPress 3.0 came out with a beautiful new default theme called Twenty Ten. While that theme is great, it can be styled into something a lot different. That is exactly what we did with our Speaky theme. Speaky is a free WordPress child theme for Twenty Ten theme. Speaky theme is equipped with all the features of the Twenty Ten theme such as:
- WordPress 3.0 Menus
- Custom Background Option
- Header Images Option
- Featured Post Images Option
- Featured Post Slider on Home Page
- Widget Ready Sidebars
- Clean Semantic Web Markup
Before we go any further, we have to let you know that this beautiful work was the creating of Dronix (@dronixs) – Follow him on Twitter
Video Preview of Speaky Theme
You can also check out the Live Demo for Speaky Theme.
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As you see in the live demo, that Speaky comes with a Featured Post Slider. This will work only if it is setup right. Which is why we will show you how to set it up properly. The slider only shows the posts from a category slug called “featured”. That means, you must have a URL Structure other than the default one. Any post that appears in that category and has a post thumbnail with a width of 940px will be shown only on the Home Page. On pages like category, and archive the default header image will be shown. On all single post pages, the post thumbnail will be shown.
The slider displays only 10 slides with the “featured image” of any recent post under the category of Featured by default. To change the category or number of slides open up header.php file and look for:
<?php speaky_slider(); //Displays a slider using the featured image ?>
It should be line 93, then add the category name and number of slides. Here’s an example using the News category with 5 slides.
<?php speaky_slider( 'news', '5'); //Displays a slider using the featured image ?>
v1.1 * new: Archive, Category, and Search pages have been added for a minor css tweak * fix: Slider function rewritten. * fix: Using wp_enqueue_script() to also include Nivo Slider, not just JQuery. * fix: Minor css tweaks after testing of the Theme Unit Test data. v1.0.1 (Initial Release)
To install this child theme, you will need to upgrade your WordPress to the version 3.0 minimum, then simply upload this theme into your Themes folder. (For more See: How to Install a WordPress Theme)
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