There are a couple different types of news tickers you can add to your WordPress site. There are some out there that will pull live news feeds from other sources, and there are some that allow you to extract content from your own website and display it in a feed.
Today I’m going to show you how to use the T4B News Ticket plugin to create a news feed using your own postings.
There is no need to write your own custom code from scratch if you want to add a scrolling news ticker to your site. One of the best things about WordPress is its extensive plug-in library. This allows you to create all kinds of dynamic functionality.
Why Add a News Ticket to your Website?
The most common reason a WordPress website owner would want to add a scroll-like news ticker to his site is because he wants to keep his audience updated about certain events and news.
That said, the T4B News Ticker plugin is not this type of plugin. It is actually a WordPress news ticker plugin that allows website owners to remove content from their already written site. This means you can update your website users on the specific category of website content you want them to see.
You may have a live news or sports events section on your website and you want your users to be able to see all the latest news and content, even if they’re not on a dedicated page. Whatever the case, I’m going to show you how to add ticker news to your site.
Let’s take a look at the plugin we’re going to use to achieve this and see what it has to offer.
T4B News Ticket
T4B News Ticket is a smooth, fast, easy-to-use news ticker plugin for WordPress. It provides a quick and easy way for users to build a scrolling horizontal news ticker for their websites. It’s a fairly simple plugin that is easy to set up and uses generated shortcuts that you copy and paste to the post or page where you want the news ticker scroll is displayed.
Configurations are fast, and you can get this up and running in no time. The plugin provides 4 different types of animation effects. These include fade, slide, ticker, and scrolling. You will be able to show news in your ticker based on mail categories, tags, or tailored text.
The plugin also has some other cool features. Some of them include:
- Scroll Speed Control
- Select Typography
- Display a Ticket in Posts or Pages using Short Code
- Easy to Adjust
- Multiple Ticket Effects
- Animation Speed Control
- Select the Time Between Fade
- Select Number of Posts to Scroll
- Order and Order through the Posts
Basically, if you want to create a smooth, ready-made news ticker for WordPress, this is definitely a plugin to have. Let it set and run together.
Note: There is a pro version of this plugin. It offers a few more features, like the ability to create multiple news tickers. If you feel your website needs this, then go on and give it a look. The rest of this tutorial is based on the free version of the plugin.
Add News Ticker to WordPress
Step 1: Install and Start the Plugin
To create a smooth news ticker for your website, you first need to install and activate the T4B News Ticker plugin. You can do this by going over to the Plugins page in the WordPress admin dashboard.
Once you are on the page, you will see that a search field is available to use. Use this field to search the plugin by name. Once you see the right one pop up, install it and activate it from there.
Step 2: Go to the Plugin Settings Page
Now that you have completed installing the plugin, it’s time to head over to the settings page for it so you can configure it all. To do this, click Settings> Ticket Settings, located on the menu area of the left side of the dashboard.
You can see that this option has now been added to your dashboard menu because you successfully activated the plugin.
Step 3: Configure the Plug Settings
This is a one page plan and needs all locations. You want to go ahead and scroll through everything and configure the plugin how you see fit for your site.
The top part of the page will include configuration options for things like ticker title, animation type, and scrolling. You will also want to ensure that the checkbox to enable the ticker on your website is checked.
Scroll down some and select the remaining configurations as well. This includes options such as ticker category, number of posts to display, and mail order.
When you have finished, click on the “Save Changes” button and apply all the configurations you have made.
Step 4: Copy and Paste Short Code on Page
When you save the changes on the layout page, you will be given a short code for the news ticker. In this case, we’re working with the free version of the plugin.
Because this is the case, you can only create one news ticker. The short code for the ticker is [t4b-ticker], which you will see displayed in the top right of the mains settings page.
Copy this short code and go over to any post or page you want the ticker to display on. In this case, we’re going to paste it on a page.
To get there, click on Pages> Add New, which is located on the menu area of the left side of the dashboard.
Paste the short code you copied to the page. You can also name the page if it’s new.
Note: The plugin works with the classic editor as well. Paste the short code in the page as you would without using the Gutenberg short code block.
Now publish or update the page and your news ticker should be displaying and running based on the configurations you have made.
Step 5: View the Live News Ticker
Last, but not least, head over to the live page that you enter the short code for. Here you will be able to see the ticker in action.
The ticker will display based on the settings you selected. If you need to make adjustments, go back to the settings page and update what you want.
There we are! You now run a live news ticker pulling the content of your site.
What Does the Pro Version Do?
The pro version of the plugin frees you up a bit more by allowing you to create as many different tickers as you want. You will also have access to more control options such as colors, display, styles and effects. Other features include:
- Google Font support
- Awesome Font Icon
- Import / Export News Ticket (Backup)
- Copy Ticker Immediately.
- Support for Multiple Categories
- RSS and JSON support.
- RTL support.
- Play / Pause / Support Previous / Next
Adding a news ticker to your WordPress site to extract content is not a difficult task if you have the right plugin. T4B News Ticker is easy to use and can be set up in just a few minutes.
Have you used other types of news ticker plugins on your site before? Do you prefer to manually code this kind of functionality?