WordPress: Feature Header

This Customizer option can be used to display a magazine style section at the top of your homepage.

This feature includes two sections:

“Big this month” – this section will display popular posts (based on the number of comments)
“Recent Posts” – this section displays a slider/carousel of recent posts.

You can refine each section to show posts from a specific post category. This can be useful if you want to feature specific posts in these sections. For example, you could create a category called “featured posts” then assign this to either section. If you have a post you want to be featured, you can add it to this new post category for maximum exposure on the homepage.

How to enable this feature:

1. Go to the Appearance > Customize section of your dashboard

2. Select the “Feature Header” tab from the options in the list:

3. You can now select the options for your Feature Header:

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21 Comments

  1. RachelSwirl

    Hi I would like my three featured things to be :
    Contact Me
    About Me
    and something else which Im not sure of yet

    So these would be like buttons to pages…

    Is that possible?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Rachel, if I understand correctly this is possible in our Holly & Weave theme. You can upload 3 images and link them to any pages/sites you like.

  2. Katrina

    Hi Phil,

    Is it at all possible to remove the large slider on my homepage and instead just keep the “Big This Month” and small “Recent Posts” slider at the top? I’ve gone through all the customising tabs but I can’t seem to remove it.

    Thanks,
    Katrina

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Katrina, this type of feature is possible by using the “Popular Posts Bar” option instead of the Feature Header. You can find this in its own tab in the Customizer, quite near the bottom of the list. It will display a row of popular posts across the top without a slider, like this example https://tundra.pipdig.co

      1. Katrina

        Hi Phil,

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I currently have the Popular Posts Bar (like in the Tundra example) which I would like to keep. I also have a smaller “Recent Posts” section in the top right hand corner, but then also have a large slider for Recent Posts above the blog posts. It is the large slider that I can’t seem to get rid of… I had a look at where you mentioned but could only see options to enable the Popular Posts Bar, which as I said I currently have enabled and would like to keep. Sorry to bother you again!

        Katrina

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          It sounds like that will be either the “Small Posts Slider” or the “Large Rectangle Slider”. They both have their own section sin the Customizer too. Let me know if that wasn’t it or if you have any other questions.

  3. Casey

    Hi there! Can I select with 4 articles are shown in the Big This Month box? I’d like to feature my 4 all-time most popular posts, but when I select “All Time” I seem to just get 4 random posts. Thank you.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Casey, this is possible by setting a category to that feature. For example, you could add your 4 chosen posts to a new category called “Featured”. Then assign that category to the “Big This Month” section and set the date as “All time”.

  4. Nicole

    HI

    I’m using the feature header. is there a way of having just 1 section, so like a recent posts one without the big this month section. So it’s like 1 big slideshow across the homepage?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Nicole, if you use the “Large Rectangle Slider” option instead of the “Feature Header” it will work like you have described. This is in its own section within the Customizer.

  5. Stephanie

    Is there anyway to make the feature header a featured video instead of blog posts

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Not directly, though you could publish a blog post which contains the video and then use this in the feature. Then when someone clicks on the post it will take them to view the video.

  6. Danielle

    Hi, I am trying to change the size of the feature header. At the moment there is a big gap between the bottom of the feature header and the top of the first post and side bar. How can I fix this? Thank you

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Danielle, it looks like this feature is enabled, but without any categories set so it is creating a blank space. If you disable that feature it will remove the space.

      1. Danielle

        Thank you Phil, I now have another problem.

        I wanted to have two different instagram accounts on the side bar, which I managed to do. Then I wanted a third account on the top and bottom of the page. I just tried logging in to the third and it has logged me out of the 1st. Is there a solution for this? Thanks again

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Which option is it that you’re using to display the feeds? Is it the widget or Customizer options? If it is the former, you can add the Access Token from any Instagram account and it will display the posts from that account. The latter options can only display posts from the main Instagram account setup via this page.

  7. Tache

    My feature images are showing up clear in the “Big This Month” section but the recent post images are blurry. How do I fix this? The images I used are high resolution.

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