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Enabling site-specific code hinting

From: Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

Video: Enabling site-specific code hinting

As noted throughout the course, WordPress is at its heart a PHP application. More importantly, it is a highly evolved PHP application with hundreds of its own functions and methods built-in. Dreamweaver includes a feature that can open the door to this WordPress specific code to make it very straightforward to apply. Let me show you how to put it to work. So I have opened the index.php file from my basic WordPress set of files, and I've discovered all of the dynamically-related files shown here in Split view.

Enabling site-specific code hinting

As noted throughout the course, WordPress is at its heart a PHP application. More importantly, it is a highly evolved PHP application with hundreds of its own functions and methods built-in. Dreamweaver includes a feature that can open the door to this WordPress specific code to make it very straightforward to apply. Let me show you how to put it to work. So I have opened the index.php file from my basic WordPress set of files, and I've discovered all of the dynamically-related files shown here in Split view.

Let's say that I want to add a bit of PHP code to my sidebar.php file. First, I'll use the Custom Filter to isolate that file. So I'll go over, click on the Filter icon, choose Custom Filter and then in the field in the Custom Filter dialog box enter sidebar.php, click OK, and there's my sidebar.php file. Let me go ahead and switch over to Code view.

So I'm just going to place my cursor above the div that you see here, and I'll start to enter in some code. I'll start with a PHP code block, and once I do that I trigger standard code hints for PHP, and if they don't show up right away I can invoke them by pressing Ctrl+Spacebar, and there is a slew of functions, including various PHP functions. Many, but not all, WordPress functions start with the initials WP, so watch what happens when I enter those initial letters with code hints being displayed. W--so there's W-- and, as you can see, there is a lot of information about various PHP information that we see here, and if I hit the p character, well there are no code hints, because WordPress functions are not part of code hints generally, the code hints toolbar disappears.

Now you can however bring them in by turning on what's called site-specific code hinting, which is found under the Site menu. So I'll go up to Site and choose a Site-Specific Code Hints. Now there's an awful lot of power built into this little dialog box, but one of its best features, as far as WordPress is concerned, is how you don't have to do anything but turn it on. So let me just go ahead and click OK, and then we'll come back into that dialog box.

Although it's not immediately obvious a new file has been added to the site. Let me close up the CSS Styles panel so we can expand the Files panel, so let me collapse the blog folder and here right below that folder you'll see a cloaked file, called dw_php_codehinting.config. Now this file is to be used within Dreamweaver only, and because it's cloaked it will never be sent up to your server by accident. So now that I have this file added, let's go back to my code, and this time I'll invoke the code hinting one more time by pressing Ctrl+Spacebar and type in WP, and this time we have access to hundreds of WordPress functions.

So I'm going to complete this by entering a little bit more code. Let's say that I wanted to show a list of pages in the site, so I'll enter wp_list, I'll put in the P for pages there, and you can see the code hinting narrow down. And once I get to this point I can go ahead and hit Return and let code hinting do its magic and then I'll just finish off the function with a closing parenthesis, a Semicolon, and let's close off the PHP code block.

So now if I go to Design view, and I'll click Refresh, and then scroll down, you'll see a list of the pages that we have here. This is the output for the code that we just put in the sidebar, wp_list_pages, it is of course unstyled and not something we want to keep so I'm going to go ahead and delete that, and we save sidebar.php. And that's just a small example of what's possible. Well, Dreamweaver is a Site-Specific Code Hints features won't teach you everything you need to know about WordPress' function, it can provide a significant leg up and one that we'll take advantage of later in this course.

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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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