Live News Lite

Description

The Live News Lite plugin generates a fixed news ticker that you can use to communicate the latest news, financial news, weather warnings, election results, sports results, etc.

By default, the news ticker includes a Featured News section in red and a Sliding News in black, and it’s similar to the ones used by networks like Fox News, CNN, Sky News, etc.

In terms of content, the news should be manually added by the website administrator or by users that belong to other configured roles.

Pro Version

The Pro Version of this plugin, currently distributed on CodeCanyon, allows you to:

  • Automatically generate news based on the posts
  • Automatically generate the news based on a specified RSS feed (E.g., Your own RSS feed, the RSS feed of a tv channel, the RSS feed of a radio station.)
  • Automatically generate the news based on a specified Twitter account
  • Control the speed and the delay of the sliding news with advanced options of the news ticker

Features

This plugin is highly customizable and comes with 46 options per news ticker, 4 options per featured news, 9 options per sliding news, and 4 general options.

Customizable Style

All the elements displayed in the news ticker are customizable in terms of colors and typography. The images used to represent the open and close buttons and the clock background are replaceable with your custom images.

Links in the News Ticker

You can optionally apply links to the news and open them in the same tab or new tabs based on your selections.

Applicable Globally or Only on Specific URLs

The news ticker can be applied to all the pages of your website or only to specific URLs. In case of a setup with news tickers assigned to different URLs, you can create an unlimited number of news tickers.

Sliding News Images

You can place small images before and after the text of the sliding news. Use this feature to display the news provider’s logo, represent financial trends, categorize different types of communications, and more.

Clock

The news ticker has an optional clock that displays the time in a custom format defined with Moment.js token.

In the plugin options, you can also decide if you want to display the server time, the user time, if you want to apply a time offset, and the frequency of the time updates.

Mobile Device Detection

The plugin uses the Mobile Detect Js library to detect the device of the user. The resulting value is used to display or hide the news ticker or specific news ticker elements based on the device type. This behavior is defined by the administrator in the news ticker settings.

Cached Cycled

The news ticker updates the news with AJAX requests at the end of each news cycle. With the Cached Cycled option, you can define the number of cycles per AJAX request.

WordPress Transients API

You can optionally store the news ticker data in a WordPress transient and limit the number of queries used to retrieve the news.

Support for RTL Layouts

We have included the Enable RTL Layout to allow the use of the plugin in RTL websites.

Suitable for Digital Signage Systems

You can use the plugin locally in a browser-based digital signage system.

Advanced Options

Advanced options to further customize the news ticker are also available:

  • The Sliding News Margin option to defined the margin between the sliding news
  • The Sliding News Padding option determines the padding on the left and the right of each sliding news. This option is also helpful to control the distance between the sliding news text and the optional images.
  • Control the opacity of the news ticker with the Featured News Background Color Opacity and the Sliding News Background Color Opacity options
  • And more.

Documentation

For more information on how to implement this plugin, please see the plugin documentation published on our website.

Credits

This plugin makes use of the following resources:

Screenshots

  • News Tickers menu
  • Featured News menu
  • Sliding News menu
  • Options menu
  • News ticker in the front-end

Installation

Installation (Single Site)

With this procedure you will be able to install the Live News Lite plugin on your WordPress website:

  1. Visit the Plugins -> Add New menu
  2. Click on the Upload Plugin button and select the zip file you just downloaded
  3. Click on Install Now
  4. Click on Activate Plugin

Installation (Multisite)

This plugin supports both a Network Activation (the plugin will be activated on all the sites of your WordPress Network) and a Single Site Activation in a WordPress Network environment (your plugin will be activated on a single site of the network).

With this procedure you will be able to perform a Network Activation:

  1. Visit the Plugins -> Add New menu
  2. Click on the Upload Plugin button and select the zip file you just downloaded
  3. Click on Install Now
  4. Click on Network Activate

With this procedure you will be able to perform a Single Site Activation in a WordPress Network environment:

  1. Visit the specific site of the WordPress Network where you want to install the plugin
  2. Visit the Plugins menu
  3. Click on the Activate button (just below the name of the plugin)

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