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  • If anyone would like to know how to show the author of a post on a slide, together with the title, the date, and the contents, I think I figured it out, so here’s how I did it.

    First, add an option in the slider settings.
    In edit.php, after the code:

    <input type="checkbox" class="FA_optional" name="show_date" id="show_date" value="1" checked="checked" disabled="disabled" />
    <label for="show_date" class="FA_optional disabled" title="">

    add this:

    <input type="checkbox" class="FA_optional" name="show_post_author" id="show_post_author" value="1" checked="checked" disabled="disabled" /><br /><label for="show_post_author" class="FA_optional disabled" title="">

    Then in your fa-lite theme folder (I’m modifying classic), modify this function:

    function fa_classic_optional_fields( $fields ){
    $fields['classic_thumb_animate'] = 0; // 0 is disabled, 1 is enabled
    return $fields;

    by adding this line:

    function fa_classic_optional_fields( $fields ){
    $fields['classic_thumb_animate'] = 0; // 0 is disabled, 1 is enabled
    $fields['show_post_author'] = 1;
    return $fields;

    Then in common.php, in the function ‘FA_slider_options’, in the ‘_fa_lite_aspect’ array, add ” ‘show_post_author’ => true ” like this:

    'section_display'  =>1, // display title of slider
    'section_title'  =>'Featured articles', // default slider title
    'slider_width'  =>'100%', // slider width
    'slider_height'  =>300, // slider height
    'thumbnail_display'  =>true, // display article image
    'th_size'  =>'thumbnail', // article image size
    'thumbnail_click'  =>false, // article image is clickable
    'title_click'  =>false, // title is clickable
    'title_custom'  =>false, // custom defined title usage
    'use_excerpt'  =>false, // excerpt usage
    'use_custom_text'  =>false, // use custom text set on posts/pages
    'strip_shortcodes'  =>true, // remove shortcodes from post/page/custom slide content
    'desc_truncate'  =>500, // truncate descriptions with image
    'desc_truncate_noimg'  =>800, // truncate descriptions without image
    'end_truncate'  =>'...', // end truncated text with this
    'read_more'  =>'Read more', // read more link text
    'allowed_tags'  =>'<a>',  // allowed tags in truncated descriptions
    'allow_all_tags'  =>false, // allow all HTML tags
    'bottom_nav'  =>true, // display bottom navigation
    'sideways_nav'  =>true, // display sideways navigation
    'show_title'  =>true, // show or hide titles
    'show_text'  =>true,
    'show_read_more'  =>true,
    'show_date'  =>true,
    'show_post_author' =>true

    Then add a function in common.php:

      * Outputs the post author
      * @param string $before - html to put before text
      * @param string $after - html to put after text
      * @param bool $echo - echo (true) or return(false) the html
      * @return string - formatted date
    function the_fa_author( $before = '', $after = '', $echo = true ){
    global $post, $FA_slider_options;
    if( !$post || !$FA_slider_options['_fa_lite_aspect']['show_post_author'] ) return;
    $curuser = get_userdata($author_id);
    $the_author = $curuser->display_name; // or $curuser->nicename
    if( $echo ){
    echo $before.$the_author.$after;
    return $before.$the_author.$after;

    And finally adjust the fa-lite theme display.php accordingly, wherever you want the author’s name to show, with a line like this:

    the_fa_author("by <span class=\"FA_post_author\">","</span>");

    You can also add some css styling to the fa-lite theme stylesheet.css, using the class ‘FA_post_author’, perhaps like this:

    .FA_overall_container_classic .FA_featured_articles .FA_article span.FA_post_author{
    font-weight: bold;

    If there is any better way of doing this please let me know. Especially considering that it will all get overwritten with any kind of plugin update…

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