Page and Post Heroes

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Written By Larious

Larious is the Executive Editor of LowkeyTech. He is a tech enthusiast and a content writer. 





Last Updated on September 21, 2018 by Larious

Page Heroes are those big bold images and headlines you find at the top of your posts and pages. They sit just below the Site Header and added using the Header Element module, when activated provides the Elements menu in Dashboard > Appearance > Elements

Dispatch has two Header Elements in place. But you can add as many as you need.

Magazine Grid – Home Page

Combined with the WP Show Posts plugin this header creates a 5 post card grid. Very few settings are required. These are the main points:

Hero Content: WP Show Posts Short code
Element Classes: wpsp-grid wpsp-card
This creates the grid and styles the cards
Padding: Zero padding
Makes the grid fill the hero
Display Rules: Front Page

The shortcode required is found in the WP Show Posts list you created. More detail on creating these special lists can be found here.

Single Post

Template Tags: {{post_title}}
Element Classes:  overlay
This applies a Custom CSS Inner Box Shadow overlay to improve contrast for the text content.
Container: Contained
Inner Container: Contained
Padding: Top: 36% and Bottom: 30px.
This will keep images responsive whilst maintaining bottom spacing
Background Image: Featured Image
Disable Featured Image: Check
This stops the featured image also being displayed in the post
Display Rules: All Posts

Creating new Header Elements

Creating a new Header Element is as easy as creating a new post. This article explains how to:

Header Element Overview

Display Rules

Display Rules are used to determine where a Header Element is displayed. Here are some pointers:

Front Page

When you select a blog or a static page in Dashboard > Settings > Reading as your Front Page. You must specifically apply that as a Display Rule for it to display.

Display the Dispatch Header Elements on other pages

Simply edit the Header Element and add additional Display Rules.

Rule Conflicts

When creating multiple Elements, it is possible to create ones where the Display Rules conflict. For example:

First Element Display Rule = All Posts
Second Element Display Rule = A specific Post

In this instance the First Element wins and that specific post looks like the rest of them. Its a case of the first element that was registered wins. To get round this you must use the Exclude option in the First Element so it doesn’t apply to the specific post.

Copy an existing Header Element

So you think these Header Elements are awesome. But you want to add your own versions to some other posts, and there is not duplicate feature. Well just add one of the Duplicate Post plugins found on and your in business.


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