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How to add a rolling news tag in WordPress

Need to add a rolling news sticker to your WordPress site?

You will often see news used by TV networks to highlight the latest news. You can add a news sticker to your site to highlight special offers or popular postings.

In this article, we will show you how to add a rolling news sticker in WordPress.

How to add a rolling news tag in WordPress

What is a rolling news sticker?

A news sticker scrolls a single line of information continuously across the screen. They typically show current news, sports scores, live financial and currency information and weather information.

They are a great way to display small pieces of information that are always changing. You will find that a news sticker can display a lot of information in a limited space on your WordPress blog.

For example, you can use a news sticker to display your best-performing posts, items in your store that are on sale, or any other information you want to highlight.

Another way to display this type of information on your website is with a sticky, floating footer bar.

That said, let’s look at how to add a rolling news sticker to your WordPress site.

How to add a rolling news sticker in WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Ditty News Ticker plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activation, the plugin adds a news sticker menu item to your WordPress administration area.

You need to navigate to News Tickers »Add new to add a news sticker. On the next screen you will have the option to give this particular news sticker a name, ticker text and a link.

Navigate to News Tickers »Add New

For each ticker you can add as many ticks as you want. It is the separate information you want to display and each can have its own link.

To add another ticker item, press the plus + button at the top right of the current check box. A new ticker element is added.

Add a new check mark

When you have finished adding ticker items, click the Ticker Mode tab. There are three different ticker modes available: scroll, rotate and list.

Ticker Mode tab

Scroll mode is the factory default setting because it is the most commonly used TV network. Rotate is another good option if you want to display one ticker at a time.

The settings on the rest of the page allow you to adjust the behavior of the news sticker. You can configure scroll speed and direction, override the default ticker dimensions, and select the space between each check mark.

News sticker mode settings

The plugin generates a shortcode as well as a PHP function for each news sticker you create. You can either add the map code to a post, page, sidebar widget, or you can directly insert the PHP feature into your theme files.

News Ticker Shortcode and PHP function

Once you have inserted the ticker card code or PHP feature, you can visit your site to see it in action.

News Ticker Preview

We hope this guide helped you learn how to add a rolling news sticker in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to increase your blog traffic, or see the list of the best small business email marketing services.

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