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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.
If you're a Premium Member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Naturally, the information in this course is ultimately intended to be applied to your own web pages. However, you may find it helpful to work with the supplied exercise files to practice the steps safely and without creating your own examples. You can either follow the whole course, chapter by chapter, or you can jump in at any point. All the assets you'll need for a particular lesson are found in the Chapter folders.
To begin using the files from the site, download them, extract them, and then store those files in a convenient location, such as your Desktop, as I have here. The Exercise Files folder is organized by Chapter and every Chapter is broken down into the various lessons that you'll see. Within the lessons chapter there are a series of files, typically assets like CSS style-sheets, images, and sometimes PHP code, as in this lesson.
In many lessons, you'll also find a final folder, and that contains the CSS and PHP and other files that show the completed lesson, which you can open up and explore at your leisure. Because we're working with WordPress, which stores much of its information in a database, it's best to follow the course chapter by chapter in order to give the most up to date database. However, if you need to jump in at a certain point, I've provided an XML file for most chapters, which you can use to bring the data into WordPress' database table with the WordPress import feature, found in the WordPress Dashboard, under the Tools category.
You'll find this XML file in the Jumpin folder. If you're a Monthly subscriber or Annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can definitely follow along with your own assets.
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