Managing the content code
Video: Managing the content codeOur 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.
- Working with web fonts
- Styling a header
- Adding header functions
- Setting up content columns
- Changing the main content
- Managing the content code
- Customizing the sidebar
- Styling search
- Working with search text
- Integrating the footer
- Next steps
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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.
- 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
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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- 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:
- From the Start menu, enter CMD to open the command line interface.
- 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.
- Enter the following: mysql -u root
- The command line for MySQL will open with a mysql prompt like this: mysql>
- Enter the following:
SET PASSWORD for 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('yourPassword');
- replace 'yourPassword' with the password you want to use.
- Close the CMD window.
After you change the MySQL password you will have to edit the config.inc.php file. Here's how:
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\wamp\apps\phpmyadmin126.96.36.199 (version number may vary).
- Open the file config.inc.php in Dreamweaver or another text editor.
- Locate the following line:
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
- Enter your password between the quotes; make sure the password is the same as the one you set in the MySQL server.
- Save the file.
- From the system tray icon for WAMP, choose Restart All Services.
- 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!)
- Left-click on the WampServer icon tray.
- Choose phpMyAdmin.
- When the phpMyAdmin page opens in your browser, click the Privileges tab found after the Engines tab.
- Locate the line in the User table with "root - localhost - No..." (probably the last one).
- Click the Edit icon (the final item in the row).
- Scroll down to the Change Password section.
- Select Password and enter your password twice. (If you're following the exercises, enter root).
- Click Go in the lower-right corner.
- 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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