After play with this for some time, I have to admit I am struggling a little.
I'm pretty sure the slider used is a little irrelevant as long as you can select posts as the slide source. I am using Slider Revolution, which has this function.
To create the events, I am using straight forward posts along with Advanced Custom Feilds to generate the missing information, Event Date and so forth. I have also used the Jetpack Featured post option to allow my client to select which post appear in the top left-hand corner of the home page.
I am trying to create two things here, but they essentially have the same principles.
A featured post in the top left corner of the home page; I want it to display the featured image as the background, use the post title for the slide header, and some excerpt text as a little introduction. I then need two buttons which allow the user to either enter the event or read more information. Further down the page, I want the same thing, but just a list of events based on their upcoming date, again with buttons.
Hopefully, the screenshot of my design will help explain this further.
I am asking how other's would achieve these two elements as I seem to be going around in circles, getting a post based slider to work is relatively straightforward to make, but then adding buttons causes issues. As the client would have to come back to me every time, they wish to make a new featured event. Not very customer focused? Am I approaching this all wrong?