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Adding blog posts

From: Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

Video: Adding blog posts

In a WordPress/Dreamweaver workflow, you'll want to take advantage of the strengths of both platforms. One of the key uses of WordPress is its ease of adding content. As a web designer, it's important to understand the user experience, so you can create sample content, and control the look and feel of typical posts. Let's start by opening up exercise files for Chapter 3. Let's drill down into the 03_01 folder. Here you'll find a number of documents. If you have Microsoft Word installed, double-click the Roux Academy Art Conference.doc file.

Adding blog posts

In a WordPress/Dreamweaver workflow, you'll want to take advantage of the strengths of both platforms. One of the key uses of WordPress is its ease of adding content. As a web designer, it's important to understand the user experience, so you can create sample content, and control the look and feel of typical posts. Let's start by opening up exercise files for Chapter 3. Let's drill down into the 03_01 folder. Here you'll find a number of documents. If you have Microsoft Word installed, double-click the Roux Academy Art Conference.doc file.

If you don't have Word, you can use the corresponding Rich Text File with the RTF extension. We have Word installed here, so I'll just double-click the .DOC file to open it up in Word. Now, in Word, I'm going to highlight the two paragraphs. I'll leave the title separate because that goes into WordPress individually, and now that they're highlighted, I'll press Command+C to copy them, Ctrl+C on the PC of course. Before we flip out of here, notice that we have two different paragraphs here, as well as some text that's formatted with bold. With that copied, let's go back over to the WordPress dashboard.

Now, if you aren't logged in, open up the index page for the blog by putting in localhost/roux_academy/blog, and then scrolling down a bit until you see the login link. Let me show you where that is. Where I have Log out, you would have Log in obviously, I'm already logged in. So click that, and that will take you into your Dashboard. Let's bring in a new post. There's a number of ways that you can get to it, one of the easiest is just go to Posts and then choose All Posts, and then choose Add New from the flyout menu.

And now we're ready to enter in a title, and I'll put in Roux Academy Art Conference, and once we do that and press Tab, WordPress creates what's called a Permalink or Permanent link, which you can edit if you want to, but let's leave it like this for now. Permalinks are very valuable because you can use them to link from within WordPress or from other programs or other sites. So now I'm in the Editor, and you'll notice here that there are actually two tabs, one for Visual and one for HTML. We're going to go ahead and stay in the Visual one for right now.

Now I could go ahead and just paste in my content, but I want to show you a little trick. So when you first come into the Dashboard for the first time, you'll see one row of buttons in the toolbar editor. There actually is a second row which you can access by clicking this last button on the left, which is labeled Show/Hide Kitchen Sink. Now on that second row are a couple of clipboard icons, one for Plain Text and one for Pasting from Word. Let's click on the Paste from Word icon, and that will open up a dialog box, and now we're ready to paste the text that we had copied from Word into the dialog box.

I'll press Command+V and then click Insert. Now, notice that it came in, and it's two paragraphs, and the text is bolded. Now one thing I want to point out is that not only does it add the formatting and all the content, but it actually converts it to HTML syntax properly. So, if I put my cursor in the seven days and seven night text here, you'll see down where the path is indicated that we go from a paragraph to a strong tag. We can verify that by going over to the HTML tab, and here you'll see the strong tag surrounding that text, as it does also at the bottom.

Using strong rather than bold is the proper way to handle bolding in a web standard compliant website. Now, something else I want to point out while we're here in the HTML tab. While we have the strong tags clearly present, you'll notice that there are no P tags or paragraph tags surrounding the paragraphs. Filtering out the P tags is standard WordPress behavior, and while there are workarounds you could put in place, they can be more trouble than they're worth. In my view, you're better off just getting used to this particular WordPress style.

When published, WordPress will put the P tags back in. Now, let's switch back to Visual, and we're ready to publish the text. So, I click the big blue Publish button over here on the right. And once that's published, you'll see a little note up above, Post published, and we have the option for viewing the post. So let me click that, and then I'll scroll down, and there is our title and our two paragraphs all placed into the existing theme.

As you can see, WordPress makes adding new content extremely easy. It's really no wonder that WordPress is among the world's most popular content management systems.

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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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