5 WordPress Scrolling Ticker Plugins to Liven Up Your Site

5 WordPress Scrolling Ticker Plugins to Liven Up Your Site

We live in a fast-paced media world. Turn on any 24-hour TV news station and you will be bombarded with all sorts of information flying at you from every corner of the screen – newscasters talking to you, infographics appearing, photos popping up, and the ubiquitous “news crawl” of stories, scores, stock prices, and more swimming along the bottom of it all.

But here’s the thing – we’re used to it. And because we’re used to it, anything less can sometimes look stale or boring.

And so if you’d like to give the sense that your website is as current and information-rich as a 24-hour news station, it might help if you borrow some of their tactics.

One such tactic that is easily achieved is the “news ticker” or the scrolling crawl of stories that you see running along the bottom of the screen.

The following five plugins can give you a personalized news crawl for your site based on your own content (and in some cases others’ content if you like).

1. Vertical Scroll Recent Post (DOWNLOAD HERE)

Main Features

  • Widget-ready or add directly to theme
  • Control number of posts to display in the scroll at the same time
  • Control max number of posts to display
  • Control which categories posts come from

 

Potential Drawback

  • One issue is that long titles tend to overlap onto the next title down the list. This can be fixed by controlling the height of the titles on the settings page; however, you may end up with more space between your titles than you wish.

 

 

2. Post Scroll Excerpt (DOWNLOAD HERE)

From the same plugin author as Vertical Scroll Recent Post plugin above, this plugin works the same way except it includes excerpts along with the titles of the posts.

The overlapping issues in this plugin are more easily controlled than in the Vertical Scroll Recent Post plugin because the increased amount of space needed for the excerpts makes each title and snippet appear in a more evenly spaced manner.

Main Features

  • Widget-ready
  • Control number of posts to display in the scroll at the same time
  • Control max number of posts to display
  • Control which categories posts come from
  • Control excerpt length

3. Post Title Marquee Scroll (DOWNLOAD HERE)

From the same author as the first two plugins, this widget-ready plugin scrolls recent posts titles horizontally.

Main Features

  • Control the direction of the scroll
  • Control style – color and font
  • Control style of “splitter” – the dividing symbol between titles
  • Control number of posts
  • Control post categories
  • Short codes for posts and pages
  • Add directly to theme (or use widget)

 

 

 4. Flash Feed Scroll Reader (DOWNLOAD HERE)

Main Features

  • Works by putting in an RSS feed (so of course you can put in your own feed)
  • Allows you to control the width and height of the scroll
  • Allows you to control the speed of the scroll

Potential Drawback

  • No widgets – need to place code in your theme’s files
  • ***Adds a link in the scroll to the plugin’s author

5. News-Ticker (DOWNLOAD HERE)

The News-Ticker plugin gives you a number of nice options. It’s one potential drawback, depending on what you’re looking for, is that it presents each item one at a time instead of in a continuous crawl. In other words, the first item will completely leave the screen before the second item appears.

Especially if you are using excerpts with your items, however, that may not really matter much.

Main Features

  • Display recent posts, most popular posts, most commented posts, or specific posts
  • Display RSS feeds
  • Filter by category
  • Control number of posts
  • Control excerpt length
  • Control ticker speed
  • Control ticker height (scroll left, right, up, down; fade in; etc.)
  • Control ticker animation

Potential Drawback

  • No widget
  • One item at a time – not a continuous crawl


Photo: Stock market tickers abstract from BigStock