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Adding header functions

From: Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

Video: Adding header functions

Let's say I try to click on something, I'll make sure that my Follow Links Continuously is set up, and if I go to about, you will see that the file is not found. Because what it's doing is it's going to the about path within the blog, not what we want at all. So to tackle this issue, we are going to need to integrate a little WordPress specific PHP code. The first area I want to address is the logo link.

Adding header functions

Let's say I try to click on something, I'll make sure that my Follow Links Continuously is set up, and if I go to about, you will see that the file is not found. Because what it's doing is it's going to the about path within the blog, not what we want at all. So to tackle this issue, we are going to need to integrate a little WordPress specific PHP code. The first area I want to address is the logo link.

This goes to the site home and not the blog home. So to handle this situation, we are going to need to bring in a custom function. Luckily they are pretty easy to write just basic PHP and even easier to implement. Now if you look at the custom theme folder, which we can do pretty easily by expanding the Files panel, you can see a file called functions.php. Unlike with the header.php and other related files like footer.php and index.php, we don't want to paste a copy of that file into our child theme folder.

Having the same functions twice breaks WordPress. So, what we need to do is to create a new PHP file, name it functions.php, and save it in our child theme folder. Then we can add any custom functions that we need to. So let's collapse the Files panel. I'll go to File > New, choose PHP under the Page Type, make sure None is selected under Layout, and click Create. Now I am going to go ahead and save that, and we want to save this in the Site Root, and we'll drill down to the blog, to wp-content > themes > roux, and we are going to name it functions.php, same name as the other file.

So I'll go to Code view, and we are going to strip out all of the HTML here. This is a pure PHP page. So I am going to save that one more time, so we have our file pristine and ready to go. Now, let's open the Code Snippet, which you'll be able to find in the exercise files, so I'll go to File > Open. So here's my custom function. Let me quickly walk you through the function so you know how to apply it. Function name is siteRoot. It brings in an argument called theFolder and then the first line sets up a variable home that uses a WordPress function that returns the entire blog URL.

Next, thePosition, another variable, is set to a string function called string pose or string position that finds where that argument is located in the string. So basically what we have here is the entire home URL, which is going to be something like http://localhostrouxacademy/blog, and it's going to find where the folder name, the folder string, which will be blog, is passed in and then the next line, code line 7, sets up another variable that extracts everything except for that particular passed in bit of string, the folder name, so we get just the first part of the path, which is exactly what we want. All right.

So let's copy this, move over to functions.php, paste it in, save the file, and I am going to go ahead and just close down these files. And now with these functions in place, we can actually go back to Dreamweaver and add the necessary code to the links. So we are going to be doing this in Code view in header.php. So let's scroll up a bit until we find the a tag that links the logo which is right here in the h1.

So I'll put in my opening code block and just to get rid of the little syntax error messages, let's close off that code block, and now I want to display the results of my function so I'll type in echo and then my function name, which is siteRoot and an opening and closing parentheses as well as the closing Semicolon. Now we want to pass in the path of the folder name that we are going to extract, and this is blog. All right.

So let me save the file, and we'll take a look and make sure that that's working. So I'll go into Design view, and I'll click Refresh here to make sure that I've got all the latest updates, and now I want to go ahead and make sure that when I click the logo here, it's going to go to the website homepage, not the blog homepage. Let's make sure that my Follow Link Continuously is selected, so it is. And when I hover over the logo and click on it once, it does in fact go to my homepage. So my function seems to be working properly. Now let's go back and finish off the coding.

I'll click on home here and then click on header and go to code. All right. Now since almost all of my main navigation links reference locations based on the site home, I can reuse this same PHP code. So I am going to go up, copy it quickly, and then place it in front of all of my links, except for one. So there is Programs, Admissions, Student Portal, Campus Portal, Alumni, and I am going to skip over the blog page and then do about. The one exception, of course, is that blog link.

Here I can take advantage of a WordPress function that provides the URL for where WordPress is stored within the blog site, and that function is site_url. In this case, the word site refers to the WordPress site, not the overall site. So I am going to put my cursor right in front of where it says blog/index and put in another PHP code block. We'll also want to use the echo term, and this time we are echoing that WordPress function site_url with an open and close parentheses, no arguments, and a closing Semicolon.

Now my last action is to adjust the path a little bit. Because it's pointing to the site_url, which is Roux Academy/blog, I don't want to leave the word blog here. So I'm going to remove that, and I am going to keep this trailing slash here. WordPress functions that return site locations always leave the trailing slash off, so you will need to add that in. My custom function siteRoot on the other hand includes the blog and only extracts whatever it is that you had included as an argument. Okay, we are ready to check the work.

So I am going to save our files and go back to Design view. Let's click Refresh to make sure we've got the latest version, and now I'll click on about, and we go to the about page, that's great. Let me go back a page, our logo link to home works, that's great, let's go back a page. Now let's just try out the blog link, which should just refresh this page. And there we are, perfect. In this lesson, you saw how to bring code in from your comp, both HTML and CSS rules to whip the header into shape.

You also got a chance to incorporate some WordPress PHP functions to make the links work correctly. Good job.

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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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