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How to Schedule Your WordPress Slider and Images

by Waseem Abbas on October 20, 2016
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Do you want to create an image slider and schedule it in WordPress? Sometimes you may want to display special deals or featured slides during a specific interval of time. In this article, we will share how to schedule your WordPress slider and images.

WordPress image sliders are simple slideshows. However, you can use a plugin like Soliloquy to go beyond the basic image slider features. Soliloquy allows you to schedule your WordPress slider–and even individual slides–so you can just sit back and relax.

To schedule your WordPress slider and images, you’ll need to follow these 7 steps:

  • Step 1. Install and activate Soliloquy WordPress plugin
  • Step 2. Install and activate Soliloquy Schedule addon
  • Step 3. Create an image slider in WordPress
  • Step 4. Schedule your image slider
  • Step 5. Schedule your images
  • Step 6. Publish the image slider and copy the shortcode
  • Step 7. Display your image slider

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Step 1: Install and Activate Soliloquy WordPress Plugin

First thing you need to do is to install and activate the Soliloquy Image Slider plugin.

Soliloquy website

For help with this step, check out our guide on how to install Soliloquy.

Step 2: Install and Activate Soliloquy Schedule Addon

Once you’ve activated Soliloquy, go to Soliloquy » Addons from your WordPress backend. From there, you’ll be able to install and activate the Schedule Addon.

To access this addon, you must have a Soliloquy Multi or higher license. Check out how to upgrade your license in Soliloquy here.

Schedule Addon

Step 3: Create an Image Slider in WordPress

Now it’s time to create your first image slider in WordPress. Go to Soliloquy » Add New to create a new slider. Start by adding a title for the slider, and then add your images into the Native Slider section.

Add New Slider

Next, you can go ahead and customize your settings. To learn more about slider settings, you should check out this guide on how to create an image slider in WordPress.

Step 4: Schedule Your WordPress Slider

To schedule an entire slider, simply scroll down to Schedule tab and check mark “Enable Scheduling.”

Enable Scheduling

Next, you’ll need to set the start date and the end date that you want your image slider to be displayed.

Start Date End Date

Now your image slider, along with all the slides, will be scheduled ahead of time!

Step 5: Schedule Your Images

If you only want to schedule a specific slide, then go to the Slider tab and click on the edit icon (pencil icon) for the image you want to schedule.

Modify Slide

A window will pop up to edit the slide. You’ll need to check mark “Schedule Slide”. Then, add your start and end date and time.

Schedule Slide

Make sure to click on the Save Metadata button before closing the popup. Repeat the same process for any of the slides that you want to schedule.

Step 6: Publish the Image Slider and Copy the Shortcode

After scheduling your image slider and slides, you can hit the Publish button. Then, go ahead and copy the shortcode from Soliloquy Slider Code widget (you’ll need this code for the next step.)

Copy Shortcode

Step 7: Display Your Image Slider

To display your image slider on a post or page, go ahead to Posts/Pages » Add New. Then paste the shortcode into the visual editor. Make sure to hit the Update button to save your changes.

Add Slider

That’s all. We hope this article has helped you to learn how to schedule your WordPress slider and images. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create dynamic image sliders in WordPress.

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Waseem Abbas is a content writer for SoliloquyWP and Envira Gallery.

Comments

    Dan

    October 20, 2016

    This is a great feature but I think it’s missing a very important option… repeat! I need to be able to show the same slide every year for the same period of time. For example a slide showing holiday hours that would appear every year from 11/1-12/31. Adding a repeat option would be a huge time saver for me! Please consider, thanks!

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    Kimberly

    October 20, 2016

    The scheduler for Soliloquy is not working properly. Sometimes it works if you just save the meta and other times a slide will not start unless you save the meta and click update in the right rail in WP. Also, we are having to set the start date as a day earlier to get it to start.

    Has anyone else had these issues and do you have a fix for them?

    Thank you!

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    Shay

    October 20, 2016

    Is it possible to schedule by time only? For example, within a slider, can an image slide display only during certain hours everyday?

    Reply

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