How To Set Up The Home Page Slider On The Oxygen WordPress Theme

Here’s another demonstration of how to set up the Home page slider in your favorite theme. This time, the WordPress theme I’m going to consider is the free Oxygen theme by Griden from AlienWP.com. This beautiful magazine-style theme comes with a built-in slider that only needs a few configuration steps to be up and running. Here’s what you need to do.

What was your experience setting up the WordPress Oxygen theme? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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18 thoughts on “How To Set Up The Home Page Slider On The Oxygen WordPress Theme

    • Hi Johnny,
      Thanks so much for getting in touch.
      You’re on WP.com, therefore there are limits to the customizations you can make to a theme. Adding more sliders is one of the stuff you can’t do. If you’ve upgraded to a paid account, you’ll be able to add your own custom CSS.

    • Hi, thanks for your comment! With regard to your question, the difficulty with changing color font lies not with the theme but with the fact that your blog is on WP.com. If you’d like to add CSS customizations to your theme, then you either upgrade your WP.com account or move your blog to a self-hosted site and install WordPress there. In the latter case you’d be able to manage your site yourself and make all kinds of customizations to your theme, including changing template files.

      For more info, here’s a useful link:
      https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

      • Thanks so much for getting back to me! While that’s all very helpful info, it does seem like a lot more work… Do you happen to know of any themes similar to Oxygen (and also free) which offer more customisation without paying?

      • Hi Chiara,

        The theme is free and can be customized any way you like. However, the point is where your site is hosted. At the moment it’s hosted on WordPress.com. This is a managed account and your freedom to do what you want with your site, including your themes, is limited. Even with a paid account, you’re limited to adding CSS customizations, nothing more. The good thing about this is that you don’t have to worry about anything like updating themes and plugins, updating WordPress, backing up your blog, site security, etc. If you host your site on a different hosting provider and you’re the one managing the site, then you can do a lot of stuff with your website, including uploading and customizing plugins and themes, but you’ll have to look after the maintenance yourself or pay someone to do it for you. Also, you’ll have to pay the hosting company a few bucks to host your site. To conclude, if you install the Oxygen theme on a self-hosted website powered by WordPress.org, you’ll be able to make your changes without paying any extra money for this, just for hosting.

  1. Hi Maria,
    I don’t seem to have the option of location (bottom right box), thus not allowing me to use this tutorial. Is this because I’m using wp.com on a free plan or is there something specific I’ve misssed? Thanks.

    • Hi Maria, thanks for the tutorial. But what i do not understand is: I have a slider that only shows 6 posts (or featured images). I have a lot of posts to show, but tey do not.. Can I change the number of featured images to show?

      Thanks,
      Leen from Belgium

      • Hi Leen,
        Thanks for your message. It looks like the maximum number of featured images Oxygen shows in the slider is 6. However, you can change this in a child theme. The file you need to modify from the child theme is featured-content.php. At the top you find the arguments for a custom query that looks like this:

        $args = array( 'posts_per_page' => 6, 'meta_key' => '_oxygen_post_location', 'meta_value' => 'featured', 'post__not_in' => get_option( 'sticky_posts' ) );

        Just replace 'posts_per_page' => 6 with 'posts_per_page' => 20

        Doing so will make available up to 20 featured posts to be displayed in the slider.

        I hope this helps 🙂

      • No problem 🙂

        When I find a popular theme people use a lot, I simply dig into the code. That’s the only way to know a theme, or any piece of software for that matter.

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