Backstretch.js slideshow from ACF gallery field

I’ve written before about using native WordPress functions instead of the built-in helper functions when building custom content with ACF. This is an example of using an ACF gallery field and the Backstretch.js script to create a really simple background slideshow.

The method below assumes you’re doing as I do, and concatenating all of your JS dependencies into a single file (in this case enqueued with the handle project) and that one of these dependencies is the Backstretch.js script.

add_action( 'genesis_after_header', __NAMESPACE__ . '\\output_slider' );
* Output our slider component after the header.
* @since 1.0.0
function output_slider() {
$post_id = get_the_ID();
$image_ids = get_post_meta( $post_id, 'project_header_slider', true );
$slide_urls = [];
foreach ( $image_ids as $image_id ) {
$slide_urls[] = wp_get_attachment_image_url( $image_id, 'large' );
// Pass array of slide URLs.
wp_localize_script( 'project', 'urls', $slide_urls );
// Add short inline script to initialize Backstretch.js on .slider.
'// <![CDATA[
jQuery(\'.slider\').backstretch(urls, { duration: 6000, fade: 1000 });
// ]]>'
do_action( 'project_before_slider' );
include locate_template( 'views/slider.php' );
do_action( 'project_after_slider' );
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Of course, you’ll also need a view file to include, but this could be as basic as just an empty <div class="slider"></div>. Add some simple styling to give the div some height, and the slider should work pretty well.

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