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Styling plugin output

From: Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

Video: Styling plugin output

Like widgets, plug-ins output generic code which needs to be customized with CSS to properly integrate into a site. Dreamweaver provides a perfect vehicle for styling plug-in generated code. In the understanding WordPress plug-ins lesson, we added the Event Calendar plug-in and created the calendar page which you see here. Now it seems to work okay in the site. But honestly, it doesn't really match perfectly. I think the header bars that you see behind each of the days really should blend in better with the site, and I think if we use this color found in the heading, and that would work well.

Styling plugin output

Like widgets, plug-ins output generic code which needs to be customized with CSS to properly integrate into a site. Dreamweaver provides a perfect vehicle for styling plug-in generated code. In the understanding WordPress plug-ins lesson, we added the Event Calendar plug-in and created the calendar page which you see here. Now it seems to work okay in the site. But honestly, it doesn't really match perfectly. I think the header bars that you see behind each of the days really should blend in better with the site, and I think if we use this color found in the heading, and that would work well.

So to work on this page what I'm going to do is pick up the URL from a browser, copy that, and then head over to Dreamweaver, and since were in Live view, I'll paste that into the location bar and hit Enter or Return, and now I have in Live view my Events Calendar. I am going to go ahead and show all file types, make sure we get everything. So now that I've open the Filter wide open again, let's go right down to just showing the CSS. So first I'll knock out PHP, and then let's knock out JavaScript, and here we see more of what we are looking for, including very important the event-calendar.css.

Now what I'm want to do is find a CSS rule or rules that control this background color we see here. Let me scroll down a little bit so we see more of it. So I'll go into Inspect mode and then try to pinpoint it. So as I go into the various areas here, if I click down into this section, it looks like I have my table there and table head and tag. Let's expose more of the CSS styles panel, so I can explore a little bit more fully. Now there's the overall table calendar large.

But I need to go deeper into it. So let me do Inspect one more time. What I'm looking for something that indicates what the actual header is here. There is, as you can see, WP calendarLarge and then there is a class of day header, and that seems to have the background that I need, so I'm going to click once to turn off Inspect mode while that's highlighted. And now let's scroll up, so I have my Events Calendar listed there, and I can click on the background color color-swatch that will stop the hovering from going on, and I can sample the blue of this H2 color here, and that changes the background nicely.

Now the other thing I might want to change is the current day selected here. Here we still have a light blue, and let's see if we can Inspect that and find out exactly where that is. Now because this is added dynamically, often the better course is to use Live Code to determine how exactly it's being styled. So I'm going to turn off Inspect mode and switch over to Live Code. So now when I go over, and I click on this one particular area here, the 13th, I can see right now at the very bottom of the code there on line 94 the id of todayLarge.

Let's go, bring that up a little bit, and that is in fact the id that I'll need to change the style. So let's locate todayLarge in the events-calendar.css. Now rather than scrolling through everything, trying to locate it, I'm just going to go head and use Dreamweaver's Find capability, and we're looking for todayLarge, just choose Find Next, and there it is on line 82, so I can now click Next to that selector. So let's bring todayLarge up into focus a bit more, and what I want to do is sample the background of the search field.

So let's try and locate that on the page, and this in Dreamweaver has temporarily pushed everything down, that's okay, that'll come back to normal. But there is our keyword search, so when I click back into todayLarge, that's now on screen, so I can go to background color and sample that field. Now I'm a little worried that the contrast is going be not good between the background color and the color here, so let's change that color value, and then I'm going to go back up the page, click back into todayLarge to recover that, and let's sample the dark brown that we have here in the navigation. Okay.

I think that will be a good combination. The color that you see here will only appear if there is an event at that day and time. All right, let's head back to Design view and just take a look at everything. Well, there is our newly revised calendar, and as you can see, it seems to fit a lot better into the site. Obviously, there's a lot more that you can do. But this will give you a good example of what's possible. It's really very easy to modify even plug-in style content so that it fits in perfectly with your site with Dreamweaver's Inspect and Live Code features.

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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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