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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.
The WordPress Content Editor is one of the hallmarks of the entire Content Management System. While it's great for adding content to blogs, did you know that you could also include the material entered through the editor into your own Dreamweaver designed and maintained dynamic pages? One way to do this is by using specific WordPress categories and the private visibility setting. Let me show you how this is done. Let's switch to the dashboard. We'll start by adding a new post, which I'm going to call Student Exhibit.
Let me put in some sample text. Now I also want to put in a few bullet points and then one last closing line. For now I want to do a couple of things, one of which we haven't done before with post. First, over here under the Publish category, you'll see that there's a visibility option that's set to Public by default. Let me click on Edit to expose the options, and we'll choose Private. By changing the visibility from Public to Private, it insures that only the administrator can see the post.
So I'll click OK. Next, I want to put this in a new category, and WordPress actually makes this very easy even directly from adding new posts. So if I scroll down a little bit, you can see the Add New Category option here. I'll click that and another series of options opens up. Here I can put in my new category name, and that's going to be Exhibits, I don't need a Parent Category for this, so I can just go ahead and Add New Category. WordPress not only adds it, but it selects it as well. So let me click Update and view posts. Because we're logged in as administrator, we can see it.
Now notice if I hover over the category of links that we see here, down in the lower left of the browser, you see a URL ending in cat=10. Cat is short for category, and 10 is the id for my new category Exhibits. It's very likely that your category number may be different. I've created some additional categories and removed some in development of the course, and WordPress assigns these category numbers sequentially. But whatever the number is, make a note of it, because we'll be using that value in the next lesson when we bring this data into a standard Dreamweaver dynamic page.
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