Here is a functionality I made for a client that can refresh the way of presenting posts for a specific category in WordPress. With slidepost ajax pagination plugin one can easily convert a WordPress posts category into a slideshow of images or just slide through the pages of a category without reloading the pages. The initial idea of the plugin was to convert a category into a kind of gallery that can be easily added inside a page template. After a number of modifications this is still doable with the additional facility to use a shortcode as to easily start the plugin on any spot of a website. The shortcode can be added inside a page, post, advanced custom field or embeded into template file by passing the shortcode into do_shortcode() function.
This can allow you to integrate a kind of small gallery inside a particular page or post without writing a single line of code. Simply specifying the desired category and number of post shown per page from the settings page of the plugin under ‘Settings’ > ‘SlidePosts’. Keep in mind that if you want to convert the plugin into a gallery each post of the category should have a featured image. In gallery mode layout the thumbnail size of featured images is used – so it is recommanded to set the minimum thumbnail size to be bigger – 300-400px is large enough.
Upload the files of the plugin inside a slideposts-ajax-pagination folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu.
Once installed you should create a category for your plugin to use and fill it with content and images.
You will find ‘SlidePosts’ submenu in your admin panel under WordPress > Settings.
In settings page should be set the category slug name and the number of post shown per page. Each post with “published” status will be included.
Posts can be shown as a grid of thumbnails – showing featured image and title of the post on hover state. When SlidePosts is in gallery layout the thumbnails of the featured images is used – so it is recommended to set the minimum thumbnail size to be bigger – 300-400px is large enough. The Thumbnail size can be set from Media Settings in “Settings” > “Media”.
To insert the SlidePosts content into your post or page, copy the shortcode [postslist] and paste it into the post/page content. To embed the plugin into template file you will need to pass the shortcode into do_shortcode() function and display its output like this:
<?php echo do_shortcode('[postslist]'); ?>
The shortcode will do the rest and load posts from the desired category set in the plugin settings page.
Tested up to: WordPress version 4.7.3 and requires: 4.1 or higher