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Styling search

From: Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts

Video: Styling search

In this lesson we are going to keep the focus on one specific widget, the Search widget. If we take a look at what we have now in index.php, we have a label Search for an input field, that's plain and white, and a Search button that needs some styling love. Now let's compare it to what we have in the blog_comp. Well, there's no label, the title is actually acting as a label, the input field is much larger, there is a different background color, and there is what is known as placeholder text, an HTML5 attribute by the way, and the phrase Enter keyword that you see in the center of the input text.

Styling search

In this lesson we are going to keep the focus on one specific widget, the Search widget. If we take a look at what we have now in index.php, we have a label Search for an input field, that's plain and white, and a Search button that needs some styling love. Now let's compare it to what we have in the blog_comp. Well, there's no label, the title is actually acting as a label, the input field is much larger, there is a different background color, and there is what is known as placeholder text, an HTML5 attribute by the way, and the phrase Enter keyword that you see in the center of the input text.

But also notice what you don't see. There's no Submit button of any kind. Now I purposely included this in the lesson, because this is a situation I've encountered before where there might be something in the design that's not quite right. Rather than slavishly copy the comp when you know something should be there that's not, you often need to move ahead and put in the missing element. So what we are going to do is to bring in an image that will use as the background for our Submit button.

Let's go get that now and put it in place before we start with the coding in Dreamweaver. And there is the search.png button I was talking about. Let's copy that, and now I'm going to go down to my blog folder and drill down into content > themes > roux themes > images and then paste that there. So let's head back to Dreamweaver now, and let's use Inspect mode to locate the CSS rules for the Search field. So we are in Live view.

I will turn on Inspect and just hover right over that, and we are going right to it, because this is a very specific thing. So once we have it I will click once to disable Inspect mode and then right-click on my rule and choose Go to Code. So it look like have a couple of rules here. The first rule works for all input types, input type text, email, and search as well as text areas, and that sets up some of the rules. Then there's another one that's a specific for search.

So let's copy both of these and then head on over to index.php, and we will open up our Roux stylesheet and paste those in. Now I'm probably going to have to change the selectors somewhat. But you might have to do a little digging to find out exactly what it is that you want to change and select. I know that I don't need the text area and select elements here, so I can get rid of those, but for the rest of we are going to need to go into Live Code in order to locate exactly what it is we are looking for.

So I am going to click on Live Code and then scroll over in the Design view a little bit and just click right into the Input field. That will show us the generated output that WordPress puts together and what I immediately see is that this input, which has a type of text and not a search. And that's because WordPress has not upgraded to HTML5 form elements yet. So you won't see type = search or type = email. You will see type = text most of the time.

The identifier is the id = S, and that's used on any search field that you find in WordPress. So we are going to change our selector to a id of S. Let's turn off Live Code and go to our stylesheet. So I am going to make all of these inputs, and let's just bring these properties up, because that's specific for the search, get rid of this unnecessary rule now, and it looks like I have a couple of ones that are conflicting here.

So let's get rid of the width from the more generic input styling and everything else we can leave. So I'll hit Refresh here and see how things are looking. Well, things are looking pretty good. So the next thing I am going to do is create a CSS rule for the Search form button that we'll add, and because I want to target this particular search area and not in the other general search fields, I'm going to, again, use Live Code.

Click into this area and see what the name of the form is. Here it has an id of search form. Perfect. That will help us target this exactly. So let's turn off Live Code, go back to style.css, enter in that id, and then we want to target the input button with a type = submit. So that's an attribute selector that we can add in there.

And let's add in our opening curly braces and start styling. The first thing that I want to do is bring in that search.png background image. So we'll enter in the background property, and we are looking for a URL, and that's in my _images folder, and it's called search.png. Now this image should not repeat. So we put in a no-repeat options there, and we just want to center it in its area.

So I am going to use the positioning of center center. I'll put it semicolon there. Now let me go ahead and scroll down a little bit so you better view of what's going on. We don't need a border around this. You can see the search field has already been updated, and there is a bit of my image showing through, and it also shows up what I need to work on. So I see a border around the image. We don't need that. So let's get rid of it. So border: none. And if I click over here, and I see my border is gone.

Let's change the width and the height. Now I happen to know this particular image is 35x35. It's a square. So let's make the width 35 pixels and height 35 also. Let's see how that looks. Things are beginning to shape up nicely. Let me go ahead and close this down so you can do a better view. So there's my rounded area. Now I notice if I am in Live view here, and I go over it the pointer should switch to a hand icon, and it's not happening.

So let's specify that in my rule with cursor: pointer, and let's check it out. That's working perfectly. Now I've got just a few remaining issues with the Search widget all of them are text related. Let's tackle them in the next lesson.

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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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