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I have a simple example to illustrate my problem here.


It's just one page, home.php.

The home page has a list of images that are made into a slideshow.

From Settings > Reading > Front page display, I have selected the home page as the Front page.

The home page loads but without the slideshow.

If I click 'Home' to reload the home page the slideshow appears.

Why does the slideshow not appear when the page opens.

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closed as too localized by Michael, Chris_O, kaiser, anu, Wyck Aug 19 '12 at 0:47

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There's not enough information here for anyone to help out, are you using a plugin, default themes, jquery, etc... please add more information and examples of coding on the page. – Vince Pettit Aug 2 '12 at 11:08
Note related to wordpress - misconfigured JavaScript doing all this stuff. – amit Aug 2 '12 at 11:24
It is partially related to WordPress, because WordPress uses no-conflict for jQuery, which does impact the OP's issue. – Chip Bennett Aug 2 '12 at 11:26

The name home.php is reserved for use by the Template Hierarchy as the Blog Posts Index. To create a custom template for the Site Front Page, use front-page.php.

Another issue: your slideshow jQuery script needs to have a no-conflict wrapper, and should not execute until the page is loaded.

Instead of this:


...you need to use this:



Aside from those two issues, I'm not sure your problem is WordPress-specific.

I notice that you're including jQuery cycle before you include jQuery itself. I'm not sure if that would cause issues or not.

Edit 2

From your comment:

The Theme contains...front-page.php (static page that is the front page)

I suspect that this is somehow contributing to your problem. The front-page.php file is not a static page but rather a Theme template file. A static page is not an actual file, but merely a database entry - a post with a post-type of page. A Theme template file is a file that WordPress uses to output content based on the current context.

Please review the Codex entry for creating a static front page, and ensure you're following all instructions correctly. Once you've got your static front page configured properly, let's see if the problem persists.

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I followed your suggestions, changed the name of home.php and the jquery - still not working. The slideshow loads but it's just a thin strip, the rest seems to be hidden. If you scroll left/right near the nav you can see the rest of the slideshow – user668499 Aug 2 '12 at 14:22
Another question: I notice that the page name changed from Home to Front Page. What template files are included in your Theme, and what static Page are you using for the front page? – Chip Bennett Aug 2 '12 at 14:29
The theme contains: footer.php, front-page.php (static page that is the front page), functions.php, header.php and index.php. I tried to replicate the situation outside Wordpress, but it works then - ttmt.org.uk/cyclegallery I think the cycle link might come before the jquery because I was following the advise here and getting the jquery in the functions.php - wpmu.org/… – user668499 Aug 2 '12 at 15:00
See updated answer in re: front-page.php and proper configuration of a static front page. Regarding your jQuery enqueueing: please post the relevant functions.php code in your answer. – Chip Bennett Aug 2 '12 at 15:07
The static front page was set up as described in the Codex. I think my terminology might have confused the matter. front-page.php is the template I'm using for the page. This is the code used in the functions.php - <?php function my_init() { if (!is_admin()) { // comment out the next two lines to load the local copy of jQuery wp_deregister_script('jquery'); wp_register_script('jquery', 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.3.2/jquery.min.js', false, '1.3.2'); wp_enqueue_script('jquery'); } } add_action('init', 'my_init'); ?> – user668499 Aug 2 '12 at 15:30

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