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The slider extension allows you to create all kinds of sliders for your website.

Directory Structure

The slider extension directory has the following structure:

    ├─class-fw-extension-{slider-type}.php # optional
    ├─options/ # optional
    │ ├─options.php
    │ └─...
    ├─static/ # optional
    │ ├─css/
    │ │ ├─auto-enqueued-style.css
    │ │ └─...
    │ ├─img/
    │ │ ├─preview.jpg
    │ │ ├─thumb.jpg
    │ │ └─...
    │ └─js/
    │   ├─auto-enqueued-script.js
    │   └─...

Create a simple slider type

To create simple slider type, create a child extension. In our case the slider type is bx-slider, so the child extension directory will be framework-customizations/extensions/slider/extensions/bx-slider.


The configuration file config.php contains the following parameters:

 * Specify available population methods.
 * There are 4 built-in population methods:
 *  'posts'      Populate with posts
 *  'categories' Populate with categories
 *  'tags'       Populate with tags
 *  'custom'     Populate with custom content provided by the user
$cfg['population_methods'] = array('posts', 'categories', 'tags', 'custom');

 * Specify what media types the slider supports.
 * There are 2 media types available:
 *  'image' Supports images
 *  'video' Supports videos
$cfg['multimedia_types'] = array('image');


View the file that contains the slider template for frontend, is located in views/{slider-type}.php. Here is an example for our bx-slider:

<?php if (!defined('FW')) die('Forbidden');
 * @var array $data

$unique_id = 'bx-slider-'. fw_unique_increment();
<?php if (isset($data['slides'])): ?>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        jQuery('document').ready(function () {
            jQuery('#<?php echo $unique_id ?>').bxSlider();
    <ul id="<?php echo $unique_id ?>" class="bxslider">
        <?php foreach ($data['slides'] as $slide): ?>
                <?php if ($slide['multimedia_type'] === 'video') : ?>
                    <?php echo fw_oembed_get($slide['src'], $dimensions); ?>
                <?php else: ?>
                    <img src="<?php echo fw_resize($slide['src'], $dimensions['width'], $dimensions['height']); ?>"
                         alt="<?php echo esc_attr($slide['title']) ?>"
                         width="<?php echo esc_attr($dimensions['width']); ?>"
                         height="<?php echo $dimensions['height']; ?>"/>
                <?php endif; ?>
        <?php endforeach; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

The $data variable that is available in view, has the following structure:

$data = array(
    'slides' => array(
            'title' => 'Slide Title',
            'multimedia_type' => 'video|image',
            'src'   => 'Slide src',
            'desc'  => 'Slide Description',
            'extra' => array(
                 * This array can be empty, it depends on population method
                 * or if user set extra options for population method
                'extra-slide-key' => 'Extra slide value',
    'settings' => array(
        'title'             => 'Slider Title',
        'slider_type'       => '{slider-type}',
        'population_method' => 'posts|categories|tags|custom',
        'post_id'           => 10, // ID of the slider (slider is a custom post)
        'extra' => array(
             * This array can be empty.
             * Or will have something in it
             * if user set custom options for slider in options/options.php
            'extra-slider-key' => 'Extra slider values',


Optionally, if your slider have extra options, you can create 2 types of option files within options/ directory:

  • options.php - extra options shown after default options on add and edit slider page.
  • {population-method}.php - extra options for concrete population method, shown after default options on edit slider page.

Static files

Scripts, styles and images are stored in static/ directory.

  • static/images/ - directory for images. This directory has 2 special images that you should create:

    • thumb.png - small image with frontend preview of this slider type. Is displayed on the admin side in Slider Type choices.
    • preview.png - a bigger image with frontend preview of this slider type. It is displayed when the user hovers the thumb.png in the WordPress admin.
  • static/css/ - directory for styles. They will be automatically enqueued in frontend.

  • static/js/ - directory for scripts. They will be automatically enqueued in frontend.


Styles and scripts are enqueued in alphabetical orders. You cannot set dependencies for them. So if you want for e.g. c.js to be enqueued before b.js, you must rename it, or prefix it with some number or letter a-c.js.

Create advanced slider type

If you want to create an advanced slider with your own extra logic, you must create a class file named class-fw-extension-{slider-type}.php within the slider type directory.

In our case the slider type is bx-slider, so the class file will be located in framework-customizations/slider/extensions/bx-slider/class-fw-extension-bx-slider.php and will contain:

<?php if (!defined('FW')) die('Forbidden');

class FW_Extension_Bx_Slider extends FW_Slider
     * @internal
    public function _init()

Then you can take a look at the FW_Slider methods to learn what are they doing and decide which one you will overwrite.

Frontend render

There are two ways you can display a slider in frontend:

  1. Builder shortcode - the main slider extension automatically creates a [slider] shortcode which is available in builder in the Media Elements tab.

  2. Render from code - the slider extension has a public method that you can use to render a slider on frontend.

    fw()->extensions->get('slider')->render_slider(10, array(
        'width'  => 300,
        'height' => 200