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mercoledì 31 ottobre 2012

Wordpress plugin "Featured Articles Lite": how to show "author" of posts on slides

If anyone would like to know how to show the author of a post on a slide, together with the title, the date, and the contents, I think I figured it out, so here’s how I did it.

First, add an option in the slider settings.
In edit.php, after the code:

<input type="checkbox" class="FA_optional" name="show_date" id="show_date" value="1" checked="checked" disabled="disabled" />
<label for="show_date" class="FA_optional disabled" title="">

add this:

<input type="checkbox" class="FA_optional" name="show_post_author" id="show_post_author" value="1" checked="checked" disabled="disabled" />
<label for="show_post_author" class="FA_optional disabled" title="">

Then in your fa-lite theme folder (I’m modifying classic), modify this function:

function fa_classic_optional_fields( $fields ){
$fields['classic_thumb_animate'] = 0; // 0 is disabled, 1 is enabled
return $fields;

by adding this line:

function fa_classic_optional_fields( $fields ){
$fields['classic_thumb_animate'] = 0; // 0 is disabled, 1 is enabled
$fields['show_post_author'] = 1;
return $fields;

Then in common.php, in the function ‘FA_slider_options’, in the ‘_fa_lite_aspect’ array, add ” ‘show_post_author’ => true ” like this:

'section_display' =>1, // display title of slider
'section_title' =>'Featured articles', // default slider title
'slider_width' =>'100%', // slider width
'slider_height' =>300, // slider height
'thumbnail_display' =>true, // display article image
'th_size' =>'thumbnail', // article image size
'thumbnail_click' =>false, // article image is clickable
'title_click' =>false, // title is clickable
'title_custom' =>false, // custom defined title usage
'use_excerpt' =>false, // excerpt usage
'use_custom_text' =>false, // use custom text set on posts/pages
'strip_shortcodes' =>true, // remove shortcodes from post/page/custom slide content
'desc_truncate' =>500, // truncate descriptions with image
'desc_truncate_noimg' =>800, // truncate descriptions without image
'end_truncate' =>'...', // end truncated text with this
'read_more' =>'Read more', // read more link text
'allowed_tags' =>'<a>', // allowed tags in truncated descriptions
'allow_all_tags' =>false, // allow all HTML tags
'bottom_nav' =>true, // display bottom navigation
'sideways_nav' =>true, // display sideways navigation
'show_title' =>true, // show or hide titles
'show_text' =>true,
'show_read_more' =>true,
'show_date' =>true,
'show_post_author' =>true

Then add a function in common.php:

* Outputs the post author
* @param string $before - html to put before text
* @param string $after - html to put after text
* @param bool $echo - echo (true) or return(false) the html
* @return string - formatted date
function the_fa_author( $before = '', $after = '', $echo = true ){
global $post, $FA_slider_options;
if( !$post || !$FA_slider_options['_fa_lite_aspect']['show_post_author'] ) return;
$curuser = get_userdata($author_id);
$the_author = $curuser->display_name; // or $curuser->nicename
if( $echo ){
echo $before.$the_author.$after;
return $before.$the_author.$after;

And finally adjust the fa-lite theme display.php accordingly, wherever you want the author’s name to show, with a line like this:

the_fa_author("by <span class=\"FA_post_author\">","</span>");

You can also add some css styling to the fa-lite theme stylesheet.css, using the class ‘FA_post_author’, perhaps like this:

.FA_overall_container_classic .FA_featured_articles .FA_article span.FA_post_author{
font-weight: bold;

If there is any better way of doing this please let me know. Especially considering that it will all get overwritten with any kind of plugin update…