Video: Styling searchIn 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.
- 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
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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- 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\phpmyadmin18.104.22.168 (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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