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Accessing dynamically related files

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Video: Accessing dynamically related files

One of the key features for working with CMS systems like WordPress is known as dynamically-related files. The related files feature, which was introduced in Dreamweaver CS4, made directly linked files like CSS, JavaScript, and PHP just one click away. Now with dynamically-related files you can access nested PHP files just as easily. For example, let's open up the index.php file from the blog root, and here I am in Design view because we were last working in the Designer workspace, and you'll notice that, as before, the page is blank.

Accessing dynamically related files

One of the key features for working with CMS systems like WordPress is known as dynamically-related files. The related files feature, which was introduced in Dreamweaver CS4, made directly linked files like CSS, JavaScript, and PHP just one click away. Now with dynamically-related files you can access nested PHP files just as easily. For example, let's open up the index.php file from the blog root, and here I am in Design view because we were last working in the Designer workspace, and you'll notice that, as before, the page is blank.

So I'm going to switch over to Split view and then broaden the code window a little bit, and you'll see that this is comprised of a fair number of PHP comments right up front, as well as two other little code snippets. The first one defines a variable as true and the second one requires one file. And you can see up here in the related files toolbar I do have that file included wp-blog-header.php, and if I click to that--let me lower the Properties Inspector here so you can see a bit more code.

There's not a whole lot of code to see. It's just a kind of switch statement that allows WordPress to load in one file or another. Without the dynamically-related files feature this is as far as you could go. The way that WordPress works is that it will continue down this path of bringing in nested PHP files one after the other. As you'll soon see there are over 70 different files related to just this one page. Now we can expose all of those files and get access to them through the dynamically-related files feature.

Up here in the Info bar you'll see a message that says this page may have dynamically-related files that can only be discovered by the server, and a couple of link options, Discover and Preferences. In Preferences, you can set the options so that this happens automatically. I tend to like it so that you have to do it manually each time because then if I'm not interested in seeing the additional files I don't have to worry about them, but where the real magic is is by clicking on Discover, which I'll do right now. Now you'll get a script warning from Dreamweaver saying that it was going to run this through the server, and if you want to proceed click Yes.

Well, we definitely do, so let's click Yes, and you can see in the Related Files Toolbar that stretches across the top of the page that there's a whole range of files which have been dynamically discovered. In fact, there is so many that they have extended off the page. I can click the Scroll button here and the files will scroll across, and I can also go back if I need to. Sometimes this is handy for locating a specific file, but in this case, there's an awful lot of files, and you can see them all, well as many as will fit on the screen by clicking the Show More option here in the right-hand side of the document window.

And there you see the first group of files. I'll go down and hover over the Scroll button so we can go all the way down to the bottom of them. As you can see, there are just an amazing number of files that are interconnected here. WordPress, as I said, uses about 70 different files in its default page, all of which are available to you in Dreamweaver. You can access them directly just by clicking on any of the files here, and they'll show up right in Code view. Let's go to media.php, and here's the WordPress API for Media display.

If you want to dive in for a closer feel, feel free to click on Code view to expand the page and then start to look for various PHP functions that you could find on the page. I'll just scroll down a little bit and the first function that we see here constrains the image size for the editor. There are many other types of pages as well. There is CSS, scroll back to the very top of the file we should see a CSS one close to the start, and here's our CSS page. And there are also XML files, all of them are immediately accessible through dynamically-related files.

So now that you know how to access some of the deeply linked files used in WordPress, you'll be able to customize your site easier than ever.

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Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

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  1. 4m 7s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 54s
    3. A word about updates
      1m 15s
  2. 15m 28s
    1. Overview
      1m 51s
    2. Creating the database and the initial site
      3m 45s
    3. Configuring WordPress
      5m 54s
    4. Establishing a Dreamweaver site
      3m 58s
  3. 20m 18s
    1. Accessing dynamically related files
      4m 12s
    2. Filtering files
      4m 20s
    3. Following links
      4m 15s
    4. Employing Live Code
      2m 54s
    5. Enabling site-specific code hinting
      4m 37s
  4. 21m 8s
    1. Adding blog posts
      4m 55s
    2. Editing blog posts
      3m 20s
    3. Adding new pages
      2m 59s
    4. Including images
      6m 59s
    5. Adding videos to posts
      2m 55s
  5. 18m 12s
    1. Understanding WordPress structure
      3m 52s
    2. Activating a theme
      7m 21s
    3. Setting up a child theme
      6m 59s
  6. 1h 29m
    1. Updating the page structure and the background
      12m 53s
    2. Working with web fonts
      4m 3s
    3. Styling a header
      11m 48s
    4. Adding header functions
      7m 40s
    5. Setting up content columns
      10m 9s
    6. Changing the main content
      5m 17s
    7. Managing the content code
      4m 48s
    8. Customizing the sidebar
      10m 32s
    9. Styling search
      7m 8s
    10. Working with search text
      5m 49s
    11. Integrating the footer
      9m 40s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Setting up media queries
      6m 12s
    2. Customizing for tablets
      12m 19s
    3. Building smartphone layouts
      8m 47s
  8. 23m 28s
    1. Working with categories and posts
      5m 31s
    2. Developing category-driven pages
      11m 22s
    3. Changing headers by category
      6m 35s
  9. 36m 32s
    1. Adding Spry accordion panels
      17m 44s
    2. Working with Spry form validation
      11m 56s
    3. Integrating jQuery functionality
      6m 52s
  10. 11m 7s
    1. Understanding WordPress plugins
      6m 20s
    2. Styling plugin output
      4m 47s
  11. 25m 44s
    1. Customizing the Dashboard
      6m 52s
    2. Working with WordPress functions
      8m 7s
    3. Including administration interactivity
      10m 45s
  12. 13m 10s
    1. Setting up the data in WordPress
      2m 17s
    2. Adding dynamic data from WordPress to your web pages
      10m 53s
  13. 11m 38s
    1. Modifying general settings
      4m 12s
    2. Setting up users
      3m 11s
    3. Restricting access to specific WordPress pages
      4m 15s
  14. 26m 38s
    1. Exporting and importing WordPress files
      7m 9s
    2. Backing up and restoring the database
      8m 10s
    3. Transferring files
      6m 3s
    4. Testing and fine-tuning
      5m 16s
  15. 18s
    1. Next steps
      18s

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