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Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

Configuring WordPress


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Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

with Joseph Lowery

Video: Configuring WordPress

Okay, our database is created, the basic site has been placed in the local Web Server root, and we're ready to move on to the next step where we finally get to install WordPress. So, you want to get the latest version. So let's go to wordpress.org--not wordpress.com, .org-- and then click the orange download WordPress link you see over here on the right. That will take you to the Download page where you can click Download WordPress and whatever the version number is. As you can see, currently we're on version 3.4.2.
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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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Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts
5h 44m Intermediate May 27, 2010 Updated Oct 23, 2012

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In this course, author Joseph Lowery shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Adobe Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. The course demonstrates how to create new blog posts and pages, customize WordPress themes, and extend WordPress editable pages from within Dreamweaver. It also covers how to add Spry elements, add and customize plugins, and enhance WordPress-stored content with Dreamweaver's dynamic pages. Plus, a chapter on responsive design shows how you can adapt your layouts for tablets and mobile devices.

Topics include:
  • Using the Dynamically-Related Files feature in Dreamweaver to design WordPress pages
  • Applying WordPress themes
  • Customizing themes
  • Adding Spry widgets
  • Adding WordPress dynamic data
  • Populating the WordPress database
  • Publishing a WordPress site
Subjects:
Web CMS Blogs Web Design
Software:
Dreamweaver WordPress
Author:
Joseph Lowery

Configuring WordPress

Okay, our database is created, the basic site has been placed in the local Web Server root, and we're ready to move on to the next step where we finally get to install WordPress. So, you want to get the latest version. So let's go to wordpress.org--not wordpress.com, .org-- and then click the orange download WordPress link you see over here on the right. That will take you to the Download page where you can click Download WordPress and whatever the version number is. As you can see, currently we're on version 3.4.2.

Now, it's entirely possible that WordPress will have released a minor bug fix version by the time you take this course. Don't worry though, the techniques I'm demonstrating will work fine with any sort of minor upgrade for security and other bug fixes. Now, I've already downloaded the WordPress .zip file and uncompressed it. And now, I have it stored on my Desktop. Now, I'm going to copy this entire folder of files, there's quite a few, about 835 in this particular version.

So I'm going to right-click, and then choose Copy WordPress. You could also of course select it and choose Ctrl+C for Copy. Now, I want to navigate to my local Web Server root, and for that I'm going to go to File > New Finder Window, drill down into the Applications, locate the MAMP folder, and then I'm going to be working with the htdocs folder. And because I'm going to be working with it quite a bit, let me pull it over into Favorites here.

And then I want to go into the roux_academy folder, and I want to paste that WordPress folder right in there. So, again I'm just going to right-click, and choose Paste Item, and there is my wordpress folder. Now, I tend to like to obfuscate the technology a little bit, and instead of using WordPress, which is going to appear in your path to the files. I'm going to change wordpress to blog, which is basically how we're using it. So I'm going to click it twice and then enter in the new name and hit Return or Enter.

And now we're ready to complete the installation. So for that we need to go back to the Browser, and I'm going to open up a new tab. Go to my local web Server, which is localhost/, and we want to put in the name of the website that we are working with, and that is roux_academy/. To get to the installation we actually have to drill into the wordpress folder, which you'll recall we renamed blog, so blog, and now we want to go into the admin section of WordPress which is found in the folder wp-admin, and the exact file we are looking for is install.php.

So, I'll hit Return. Now, you'll get a message that says it can't find the wp-config file, that's fine. That's exactly what we expected, so we want it to create one. I'll go ahead and click the Create a Configuration File button, and we'll get a brief welcome message from WordPress, informing us that it needs some more information about the database to continue. Now, we actually have all that information. So I'm going to go ahead and click Let's go. And we'll enter in our Database Name which you'll recall was roux_blog.

The MySQL username which on a default MAMP installation is root, which is also the password. Keep Database Host and Table Prefix both at their default settings and click Submit, and there's that fabulous response, All right sparky. So now since WordPress can communicate with the database, we'll go ahead and click Run the install, and we need a little bit more information, the site title, which is Roux Academy.

Let's keep the admin username for our administrator, and I'll enter in a password, and repeat it to make sure I got it in right. Put in my E-mail address. Let's keep the Privacy option selected and choose Install WordPress. Now, I'm going to have Google Chrome go ahead and save my password, so I won't have to keep re-entering it, and we're ready to log in. I'll click the Log In button. And since it has remembered the password we're good to go.

So, here's the official log in page. I'll click Log In, and there is the WordPress Dashboard, including a bright and shiny new welcome screen with lots of information on it. If you're just starting out, there is lots of great links here for you to follow. But since I'm going to be guiding you here let's go ahead and click Dismiss. And that will take you to the actual Dashboard page. We're going to spend a good amount of time exploring, and even modifying the dashboard in the remainder of this course, but for now let's partake of a little immediate gratification by taking a look at the current site.

Go over to the upper left and click on the title name for your site, and your site will open up in the Browser Window with some sample content. So this is the site with the blog title that we entered earlier, Roux Academy. The subtitle, Just another WordPress site, is one of the default entries that we can clear out later. Of this particular WordPress theme--it's the default one that's called 2011--uses a random background picture. So you may have a different one than the one that is shown on my screen. Let's go ahead and click Refresh, and you can see another image popup each time, always have guaranteed one.

So, everything that you see here is the default setup, which we will customize and change throughout this course. Now that you have all the essential elements of WordPress setup, you're ready to move on to integrating Dreamweaver into the workflow.

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Q: While trying to set up a Dreamweaver site, an error occurs that says Dreamweaver cannot resolve the dynamic files because the site definition is incorrect. What is causing this? This is using WAMP on a Windows 7 computer.
A: When setting up the site in Dreamweaver and creating a local testing server, make sure to point it to the folder in c:/wamp/www/ that is being used for the site. If using the same naming convention as shown in the videos, the server folder should be pointing to C:\wamp\www\explore_ca\ and the Web URL field should read http://localhost/explore_ca/, like the picture here:

Q: How do I set the password for WAMP Server 2?
A: The WAMP server does not include a password for MySQL when first installed. You’ll need to add a password by modifying a configuration text file and set up a password in the MySQL server.
Setting a password on the MySQL server:

  1. From the Start menu, enter CMD to open the command line interface.
  2. Switch to the bin directory of your MySQL folder, installed by WAMP. For version 5.1.36 of MySQL, for example, enter cd c:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.1.36\bin
    Navigate within the WAMP folder installed on your system to find the proper path.
  3.  Enter the following: mysql -u root
  4. The command line for MySQL will open with a mysql prompt like this: mysql>
  5. Enter the following:
    SET PASSWORD for 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('yourPassword');
    - replace 'yourPassword' with the password you want to use. 
  6. Close the CMD window.
Setting the password in the phpMyAdmin config file:
After you change the MySQL password you will have to edit the config.inc.php file. Here's how:
  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\wamp\apps\phpmyadmin3.2.0.1 (version number may vary). 
  2. Open the file config.inc.php in Dreamweaver or another text editor.
  3. Locate the following line:
    $cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
  4. Enter your password between the quotes; make sure the password is the same as the one you set in the MySQL server.
  5. Save the file.
  6. From the system tray icon for WAMP, choose Restart All Services.
  7. To test, choose phpMyAdmin from the WAMP system tray icon.

Q: After creating a template following the instructions in the Chapter 5 video “Creating a page template in Dreamweaver,” I am unable to select the template. In the video, the instructor’s page shows a heading of Template, with a dropdown menu, but my version shows only a dropdown labeled “Attributes,” and the newly created template does not appear. What is causing this issue?
A: This seems to be a bug in WordPress that occurs occasionally. Although a cause has yet to be determined, a possible workaround to get the Template option to appear is switch themes. Switching to the default theme and then back again to Explore_California should reveal the Template option.
Q: While following along with the instructions in the "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows," I encountered this error: MySQL said: "#1045 – Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: NO)" What is causing this error?
A: This error occurs when trying to enter the MySQL monitor with a password for a user who has not set a password yet. In that case, removing the “-u root” part should resolve the problem.
Q: While following along to the chapter 2 movie "Using dynamically related files," I get an error message that reads: "Dynamically-related files could not be resolved because the site definition is not correct for this server." What is causing this error?
A: This is a known issue with Dreamweaver, and relates to the permalink settings in the WordPress installation. If the permalink setting is set to something other than the default, like “Month & Name,” for example, Dreamweaver is unable to resolve the dynamic files, and the described error will occur. Changing the permalink setting back to Default will clear the error.
Q: I am bit confused as to my need to use MAMP with a WordPress site in Dreamweaver. If I am going to use a separate commercial hosting site as my server, do I still need to use MAMP in my WordPress site?
A: MAMP is installed to provide an easy-to-use development server capable of handling MySQL and PHP on your local computer. It's also possible to set up MySQL and PHP servers separately, but it requires many more steps and is not as "user-friendly" as the described process. Your hosting server will have MySQL/PHP enabled on their servers for the remote live setup, but that doesn't have anything to do with developing and testing pages on your own computer.
Q: I can't find the file named commevents.php in the exercise files. I need it to set up an online database in the last chapter.
A: This is a file you create yourself when you first connect to a database. Refer to the "Adding WordPress dynamic data to pages" video in Chapter 7. commevents.php should appear in the Connections folder once you establish a connection.
Q:  In "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows", I'm getting the error "#1045 - Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'" when testing the phpMyAdmin.

If I try and re-do the steps, I get the following error "ERROR 1044 (42000): Access denied for user ''@'localhost' to database mysql'" when I try to change the password.
A: This seems to be happening because of the combination of Windows 7 and a
new version of WampServer 2.1. Here's another approach that should work
for the new combination.

Follow these steps instead of the ones using the CMD prompt. (As a bonus, they're much easier!)
  1. Left-click on the WampServer icon tray.
  2. Choose phpMyAdmin.
  3. When the phpMyAdmin page opens in your browser, click the Privileges tab found after the Engines tab.
  4. Locate the line in the User table with "root - localhost - No..." (probably the last one).
  5. Click the Edit icon (the final item in the row).
  6. Scroll down to the Change Password section.
  7. Select Password and enter your password twice. (If you're following the exercises, enter root).
  8. Click Go in the lower-right corner.
Now follow the rest of the steps in "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows" video, starting at the 4:13 mark. This is where you use a text editor to make a change in the config.inc PHP file and restart all WampServer services when you're done.
Q:  I want to setup the practice files and site on my localhost, as described; however, I already have my current WordPress site (under development) running on my localhost. How do I run two WordPress sites on my localhost?
A:  You can easily do it by setting up another site in Dreamweaver. Just copy the WordPress files to that folder as described and establish a new database via phpMyAdmin. You can set up as many WordPress sites as you need to. The author has upwards of 80 on his system, all for different clients.
Q: This course was updated on 10/23/2012. What changed?
A: The course was thoroughly revised and uses the most current versions of both programs. We added chapters on responsive design and creating a custom administration panel in WordPress, new movies about concepts and taxonomies, and extended the Spry chapter to include jQuery, among other changes. New movies are indicated by the NEW tag next to the movie name.
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