Working with search text
Video: Working with search textThe remaining issues that I have to work with on the Search widget are all text related. First, there is a label, Search for, that we don't need. Then there are some placeholder texts that should be in the input field that isn't. Finally, there is a mysteriously placed search term that's overlaying our graphic, which we don't want. To deal with these issues we are going to combine some basic CSS as well as some PHP functions.
- 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
Working with search text
The remaining issues that I have to work with on the Search widget are all text related. First, there is a label, Search for, that we don't need. Then there are some placeholder texts that should be in the input field that isn't. Finally, there is a mysteriously placed search term that's overlaying our graphic, which we don't want. To deal with these issues we are going to combine some basic CSS as well as some PHP functions.
So let's take care of the CSS-based solution first, and that's changing the label to a display none. Now I just want to affect the label that's in the Search form. So I'm going to enter #searchform and then a space and the tag name label, with our opening and closing curly braces. Now let's set the display property to none. And if I click back in this section, refresh the page automatically for the stylesheet, we can see that the label is no longer visible.
The next two issues, as I mentioned, are putting in the placeholder text in the input field and getting rid of the word Search on the button. We can combine the solution for those in one PHP function. To handle this efficiently and show you the necessary code I've created a code snippet. Let's open that now. So we are going to go to File > Open. Let's go into Code view so I can explain how the code works. You can see that there's a number of string replacement functions that are doing the primary work here in my searchform function here. Where do I get these string values to replace? Well, if we look in the index.php file, and I have Live Code already enabled here, I will just switch to Live Code here.
Then let me just go ahead and click right into the input field. Here you can see the two input tags that I'm working with. The first one is my text input, and that has an id of s. The second one has an ID of searchsubmit, and this is where the value for search appears, and that's the text that's appearing over the button. So what we are going to do is take advantage of this id=s since I know that WordPress always puts that in, and we will add placeholder text next to that.
So we are going to add an attribute by using the String Replacement. Here what we will do is we'll just replace value=Search to value=nothing. So that's what these two string replacement values do. The first one looks for id=s and then replaces it with id=s placeholder=Enter Keyword. Second one looks for a value=Search and then replaces it with value="".
Now once we have that function declared all we need to do is to add a filter, and this is a standard WordPress function that's used for hooking in custom functions. What we are hooking it into is a WordPress function called get_search_form, and we are hooking my_search_form into that. So let's copy just the code and not the opening and closing PHP brackets. Then I want to go expand my Panels set here and then open up the Files panel where I am going to locate in the roux folder functions.php.
So this is our child functions.php file, and I am going to paste in the copied code. I like to leave a little bit of room between each of the function sets so when I go back and look at it it's easier to read. So now Ctrl+V will paste it in. I will save this page, and let's head back index.php. We will go it right into Design view, and I will refresh the page. Well, we're getting really close. I now have my placeholder text, I have my Search button with the image, and no text added to it.
Obviously, we've got a little bit of alignment work to do here, but that's just a tad of CSS. So what I am going to do is go back to my style.css file, and let's take a look at our image here to see what happens. It looks like it's pushing it too far to the right and my field here is too big. So let us go down to where the input s, that's the text field, and let's reduce that width by a 20 pixels. To make sure that it gets put in exactly as I have it here I am going to add an exclamation mark and then important.
That will override any in-line text that WordPress happens to put in. So if I click into here that should refresh the page, and it looks like that's working perfectly. Let's handle our little Search button here which is scroll down just a little bit too far. For that let's use a negative margin top value that I'll add into my searchform input type submit. We will try a -10 value here.
So now the final property I am going to need to add in is a vertical alignment property. I am going to change the vertical alignment to bottom. Let's try refreshing the page, and we are there. I will save the stylesheet, go Design view, and it looks like our header, our main content area is all good and the final remaining element is the footer.
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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\phpmyadmin22.214.171.124 (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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