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 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
  2. Scroll Post Excerpt
  3. Post Title Marquee Scroll
  4. WP News and Scrolling Widget
  5. Ditty

1. Vertical Scroll Recent Post

This plugin is made by gopiplus, as are the next two. The three of these work very similarly, with some small differences that will be mentioned in each section.

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.
Vertical Scroll Recent Post plugin view
Vertical Scroll Recent Post plugin view.

 

Vertical Scroll Recent Post plugin settings
Vertical Scroll Recent Post plugin settings.

 

2. Scroll Post Excerpt

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
Scroll Post Excerpt plugin
Scroll Post Excerpt plugin.

3. Post Title Marquee Scroll

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)

 

Post Title Marquee Scroll plugin
Post Title Marquee Scroll plugin.

 

 4. WP News and Scrolling Widget

Main Features

  • Dynamic & easy-to-use
  • Adds a News tab to your admin menu, which allows you to enter news items just as you would regular posts.
  • Offers List & Grid views
  • Translations in German, French, & Polish languages (beta)
  • Works with Gutenberg shortcode block
  • Widget Options like Show News date, Show News Categories, Select News Categories
  • Pagination & shortcode parameters
  • There is also a Pro version, which offers additional features.

Potential Drawback

  • Must make sure permalinks are set to custom structure (not “/news”), or all of your news will go to the Archive page.
WP News and Scrolling Widget plugin
WP News and Scrolling Widget plugin.

5. Ditty

Ditty, (formerly Ditty News Ticker), is a multi-functional data display plugin. Easily render custom data feeds to your site through a customizable news ticker, list, or slider.

Main Features

  • Options for Item types
    • Default – Add custom text to your Ditty
    • WP Editor – Add custom text to your Ditty using the WP Editor
    • WP Posts Feed – Add your latest blog posts to your Ditty
  • Options for Display types
    • Ticker – Create a unique news ticker using the Ticker Display type. Control the direction, spacing, speed, styling and more.
    • List – Create paged lists of your combined content. Multiple settings give you full control for the look and feel of your lists.
  • Additional plugins can be purchased to extend Ditty’s functionality.

Potential Drawback

  • The free plugin provides only 1 block.
Ditty plugin
Ditty plugin.

 

Do you use scrollers or tickers on your site? What type of content do you include? Let us know in the comments below.
Hassan Akhtar
Hassan Akhtar Hassan Akhtar is the lead dev for SmartCrawl. In his free time he enjoys writing about his development adventures at WPGurus.net.