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Managing the content code

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Our main content area is styled correctly, but the code output needs work. If we compare this basic blog post that we see here to a comp basic blog post--I'll scroll down so we can see one. Let's just use this first Most recent post, that's very clear. So there's our heading, our body text, and comments, and then a Posted in whatever the category is. And now if we look at what we have already, well we have our title. Now we have a little additional information posted on a certain date by whomever, that we don't need to do. So, let's get rid of that.

Managing the content code

Our main content area is styled correctly, but the code output needs work. If we compare this basic blog post that we see here to a comp basic blog post--I'll scroll down so we can see one. Let's just use this first Most recent post, that's very clear. So there's our heading, our body text, and comments, and then a Posted in whatever the category is. And now if we look at what we have already, well we have our title. Now we have a little additional information posted on a certain date by whomever, that we don't need to do. So, let's get rid of that.

And then, down here it has kind of a reverse, the Posted in Uncategorized category and No Comments. So, we need to switch those. All right. So we've got a little bit of work to do. For this, let's go into index.php, and I'm going to open it up completely into Code view. So we can take a look at the whole thing. Let's contract this so we get a little bit clear view. As I said before, we're mostly going to be working in what is called the loop. And here you can see this h2 tag here holds in the title so that's good.

But the next section, this meta section has that posted on, and it gives the date and time as well as the author. We don't want that according to our comp. So let's get rid of it. The next section is the actual meat in the sandwich, it's the content. So, we're going to leave that there. And then the following div is this one called postmetadata, and this has some of the information we want, others, we don't. I see, even though it didn't show up on our design because we didn't assign any tags, there is a bit of tag code here that's not in our comp.

So, let's delete that entire line, and now it comes time to reorganize what is posted where. So, I want my comments first. So, I'm going to just grab this line. In fact, let's just grab the whole two lines, and then drag it up so that it's above the Posted in category, and there's a little separator here. I'm going to copy that, and paste it in. All right. Let's save our index.php page.

Go to Design view and hit Refresh, and see how things are looking. All right. So we got rid of the unwanted extra content up here, and we do have our comments. We do have a little odd character that you see here, this double angle bracket. So let's go in, and take a look at the code one more time, so we can get rid of that. And that double angle bracket is this character entity that you see here that is the » so let's remove that wherever we find it, and there are three different places.

This little comments function that you see here comments_popup_link actually is very clever. If there are zero comments, you see the text No Comments, if there is just one, it will show 1 Comment, and if there's more than one, it will show however many comments there are, that's that little variable sign there, and then the word Comments. So, very neat. So it covers all the bases. Okay? Save the page, Design and Refresh. Our little unwanted character is now gone. Now, the only other thing that I spot as I look at this, and I need to scroll the page a little bit just to make sure is it seems pretty close to me between where one post ends and another post begins. And let's take a look at the comp. And yeah.

There is a big gap here. Let's use our Inspect mode to figure out where that is. So, I'm going to go here, and go down, and that's where it is. So, I'll go ahead and click once to turn off my Inspect mode. We'll expand the style sheet, and it's pointing right to main content post with these properties. Let's go to code, and I'll just select that, head back to my Roux style sheet. Now, instead of main content within the section, we're using an article tag to surround all the posts.

So, I'm going to go ahead and put that in, and there's one more wrinkle, the post class is actually attached to the article tag. So, you need to remove that extra space that you see here so that it is all one solid selector. Let's save the page, and then hit Refresh. And there is our additional space. All right. As you've seen in this lesson, it takes a combination of CSS and PHP adjustment to customize your theme's main content area. Now, you're ready to take on the sidebar.

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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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