If you now navigate to this post, you will see something like this (assuming you are using the default theme):
The WordPress post without Screenly Cast for WordPress.
Wait, that doesn’t look very pretty nor very usable for digital signage. You’re absolutely right. This is because the page is rendered in the normal mode using the regular theme.
To activate Screenly Cast for WordPress, we need to append ?srly (or &srlyif you already have other query arguments) to the address. Once we’ve done this, the page will take a completely new shape:
The WordPress post with Screenly Cast for WordPress.
Now that’s much better! Look how nice and clean that is. The text is large, and readable from afar. Super sleek!
If we would like to remove the image and just display text, we can do that by simply not have a featured image set. The post above would then look like this:
The WordPress post with Screenly Cast for WordPress enabled, but no featured image.
The screenshots above all show how the screen would look like on a screen with a resolution of 1920x1080, which is the most common resolution for digital signage these days.
However, some of our users are using Screenly on the Raspberry Pi Touch Screen, which is a 7” monitor with a resolution of 800x480. We don’t want to leave these guys hanging, so we added support for that too.
Screenly Cast for WordPress rendered in the resolution 800x480
Finally, let’s use an image. Simply navigate to the Media Library in WordPress, select or upload an image, and populate the title and caption and select View page attachment page. Append &srly to the end of the URL and you should get something that looks like this:
Screenly Cast for WordPress showing a media attachement
As you can see, with very little effort, you’re able to design beautiful slides for your screens.
We designed Screenly Cast for WordPress to work with both Screenly Pro and Screenly OSE, but it should work with many other digital signage players out there too.
One more thing. We have decided to make Screenly Cast for WordPress completely free and open source. To get started, simply head over to the plugins home on Github for more detailed installation instructions.