Getting started with the carouFredSel WordPress Plugin

Requirements

Before we go ahead and install the plugin you need to make sure your WordPress install will be able to handle the plugin. You need to have at least the following running on your server:

  • WordPress 3.5
  • PHP 5.2.4

If you don’t have these or you don’t know what these are, it’s worth getting in touch with your hosting provider just to check.

Installation

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin backend.
  2. Go to the Plugins > Add New page.
  3. Click on the Upload tab.
  4. On this page click the Choose File button choose the carouFredSel WordPress Plugin zip file that you previously downloaded.
  5. Install and activate the plugin.
  6. You should now see a carouFredSel section in your main menu where you can create and manage your carousels.

Usage

Using the plugin is fairly straightforward. Simply create a carousel in the WordPress administration area. You can upload images directly or configure another image source to dynamically pull images from another location. Then you can configure the carousel settings itself.

The plugin comes with a selection of pre-built layout styles when using Basic mode. This means you don’t have to worry about styling or configuration as the carousel will be set up for you. Advanced mode allows you to edit most of the settings you would normally be able to edit in the jQuery plugin. This mode gives you the ability to control almost every aspect of the carousel. Finally the Super User mode allows you directly input the settings as you would do in the carouFredSel jQuery plugin. This gives you complete control over the carousel settings.

Once the carousel has been published you can simply copy the shortcode that has been generated and use this in the WordPress post/page editor to input the carousel into a post or page. More advanced users can use the   caroufredsel() template tag to insert carousels directly into the theme code.