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Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

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Naturally, you could include images in your blog posts. You'll need to make them available to insert, and you can do that right from the WordPress dashboard, either one at a time or in small batches. Let's start with a single image. I'm going to go back to my Pages, and then reopen Conference Schedule At-A-Glance, and let's add an image right to the top of the page, right next to the opening paragraph here. So, I'll put my cursor there, and then choose Upload/Insert, which is above the toolbar.
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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

Including images

Naturally, you could include images in your blog posts. You'll need to make them available to insert, and you can do that right from the WordPress dashboard, either one at a time or in small batches. Let's start with a single image. I'm going to go back to my Pages, and then reopen Conference Schedule At-A-Glance, and let's add an image right to the top of the page, right next to the opening paragraph here. So, I'll put my cursor there, and then choose Upload/Insert, which is above the toolbar.

You can also click the small icon if you want, it doesn't really matter. And then let's choose Select Files. Now we're going to navigate to our exercise files Chapter 3 in the 03_04 subfolder. And within that is another subfolder called images, and let's pick up conference_venue.jpg. There's a small preview of it. You can see it's already sized to 180x180 pixels. It looks good. But as you'll see later, that's not really an issue for WordPress.

So, I'll click Open. And once I do that, you'll see the information down below. I can make some changes to it. There is of course a possibility for changing the title. So, rather than a lowercase title that has an underscore in it, let's make it uppercase, or initial uppercase anyway, and get rid of that underscore. And I'll put in some alt text. Let's call it Roux Academy Art Conference Venue.

You can also add a caption and description if you like. We'll pass that for now. Now, notice down here below those two fields, there's a link to the image. WordPress, when it uploads the file, has taken it and put it within the wp-content/uploads folder, and then it creates several new folders which are named according to the year and the month that it was uploaded. Right now, when I'm recording this, it's September of 2012. So it goes into that folder.

Now we can also, at this point, go ahead and choose whether we're going to align it left, center, or right. Let's go ahead and put it onto the left, and we also have the options for changing the size of it. Since full size is not that big, it's only 180x180. Let's leave it at those dimensions. Before we insert into the post, I want to show you that there are some other options that you have. So, let me scroll back up. And right under the image thumbnail is an Edit Image option. Let's click that for a moment.

And, as you can see, there's a whole range of possibilities here, including cropping, rotating in one direction or another, flipping vertically, flipping horizontally. And once you do an action, you also have the ability to undo the action, so these arrows will become active then. You can also scale or crop the image if you want. Moreover, you'll notice that for large images, there are thumbnails that are automatically created. These are brought into play for very large images, and you can either apply the changes that you've just specified to both of the full-size images, and the thumbnails, a thumbnail by itself, or everything but the thumbnail. Okay.

It looks like we're ready to go. Let's go ahead and cancel the Edit options, and then I'll scroll back down, and choose Insert into Post. And because we chose Aligned Left, if I select it here, you can see down below in the little tag selector like bar, there is my image tag with a class of alignleft applied to it, as well as several other classes. Let's go ahead and update the page, and then take a look at it in the browser.

So, that's working with images one at a time. But what happens if you want to make a series of images available for your client? You can upload several images at a time to what's known as the media library without putting them into any posts. Let's head back to the Edit Page screen, and this time, I'll click the Media icon. If I click it here, the Select Files dialog will allow me to choose more than one file at a time. So, I can select the first one, and then hold down the Shift key, and select the other two.

Now, we have all three selected, I'll click Open, and it quickly imports them all. To make any modifications, you click the associated Show link that you see here. So, let's do that for the first one here, artwork1, and that will open it up to the screen that we saw before. I'm going to change the title of it here from the generic artwork1 to something more specific. So, let's call this Self-Portrait by J. Jerome.

Now, instead of inserting the image into a post, I'm just going to scroll down and click Save all changes. So that will now show me what images are in my media library so far. And here you can see the four that I've added to the library, the one that I renamed which was from artwork1 to Self-Portrait by J. Jerome, artwork2, and artwork3. Now, let me show you how to add an image from your media library into the post.

So, I'll close the Add Media dialog box, go back to my post, and I'm going to put my cursor right between the two days that we have here. So again, I'll go and click the media icon here. Now, instead of choosing Select Files again which will allow me to upload files, let's go to Media Library, and then I'll choose Show right next to the Self-Portrait. Again, you've got the possibility for making all kinds of updates to title, caption, et cetera.

So, let's go ahead and add a caption here, so you can see how that works. I'm going to copy the title, and then paste it in the Caption field, and let's add a date in parentheses. Now, I want this image to be centered and not left, so I'll choose that alignment option, and let's scroll down and see about our sizing. Again, I still think it's still okay size-wise, and now we're ready to choose Insert into Posts. Now, I have my image there complete with caption. Let's go ahead and click Update, and view the page.

Now, there's my initial image, and there's my second image, centered as I requested, complete with a little caption that we see here. Now, the caption can be easily stylized with CSS as well. You'll find that with these demonstrated techniques. You can either add images to the site one at a time, or upload any number to be inserted as needed by your clients.

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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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