Jan 072009
 

I really like the Featurific for WordPress plugin, so much so that I spent hours on my own and working with its designer to get it to run on a static front page (see instructions below), and now Rich Christiansen refers to my solution in his FAQ section.

When I installed the new theme a few days ago, I liked the fact that I had more screen real estate available for the Featurific plugin. I could change up the template from Skinny to something snazzier.

But I ran into a problem. First off, I changed my home page from a static front page to the blog because the new theme’s options don’t work on a static page. And then Featurific wouldn’t work properly in the sidebar; worse, I couldn’t get the template to change. Looking into it further, I felt it was conflicting with Smooth Gallery, which I also really like. I had to disable it.

Unfortunately, that means those clicking over to my site to see how Featurific works on a static page will no longer be able to see it. Bit of a bummer.

However, here’s the info for those who are looking for a solution:

First, get the Exec-PHP plugin and install it. Next upload and install the Deactivate Visual Editor plugin. Don’t do anything with Featurific until you have uploaded and installed these plugins. They were both still working for me up to version 2.7 of WordPress.

You need both plugins because the first helps you get Featurific to work on a static page and the second ensures you will always be in Code mode anytime you edit the page thereafter. That’s vitally important as the author of Exec-PHP warns:

“To successfully write PHP code in the content of an article, the WYSIWYG editor needs to be turned off through the ‘Users > Your Profile’ menu. It is not enough to simply keep the WYSIWYG editor on, switch to the ‘Code’ tab of the editor in the ‘Write’ menu and save the article. This will render all contained PHP code permanently unuseful.”

Ensure Exec-PHP is installed and running. Go to the page you wish to edit. You will see a big warning message by Exec-PHP above the page. Don’t worry about it. Follow the instructions for deactivating the visual editor or WYSIWYG editor for that page.  You should now be in the HTML editing mode. Type the following code where you want Featurific to appear on your static front page:

<?php
if(function_exists(‘insert_featurific’)) //If the Featurific plugin is activated…
insert_featurific();                    //Insert the HTML code to embed Featurific
?>

Publish the page, and Featurific should now appear on your home page. Enjoy!

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  • Thanks for the tips!

    I am trying to get Featurific to display on the static home page I created, but it’s not showing up. I installed Exec-PHP and Deactivate Visual Editor and added the custom field required to get it going. I then de-activated all 3 plugins and re-activated them in the order you suggested.

    Is there any html I am supposed to grab from somewhere and insert it into the code for the Page?

    Thank you,

    -WebWeaver
    http://catswebweave.com/emiller

  • Thanks for the tips!

    I am trying to get Featurific to display on the static home page I created, but it’s not showing up. I installed Exec-PHP and Deactivate Visual Editor and added the custom field required to get it going. I then de-activated all 3 plugins and re-activated them in the order you suggested.

    Is there any html I am supposed to grab from somewhere and insert it into the code for the Page?

    Thank you,

    -WebWeaver
    http://catswebweave.com/emiller

  • Shireen

    Did you insert the php code, including the angle brackets, that I show at the end of my post, in your static page where you want Featurific to appear? If that’s not working, you may need the full code, which includes the line:

    if(is_home()) //If we’re generating the home page (remove this line to make Featurific appear on all pages)…

    Make the above line the second line of the php code. You can see and read more about the php code and modifying it on Rich’s FAQ page at http://featurific.com/ffw#movenonmain

    Another issue may be the version of PHP your web host uses. Sometimes problems can happen if the version is not current. I think the latest version is 5, but don’t hold me to that!

    If all that doesn’t work, you could also try activating the Featurific then the Exec-PHP then the Deactivate plugins in that order, but don’t do anything with Featurific until you’ve followed the steps above for deactivating the visual editor for your static page.

    I hope that helps!!

  • Shireen

    Catherine, I just checked your website and see you got the plugin working!I gather the simplest answer may’ve been the one that worked: clear your cache and reload the page? 🙂