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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

Adding media queries to the Masonry index


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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Video: Adding media queries to the Masonry index

jQuery Masonry is now hooked into the front page, working properly, and we have this nice Masonry front page on our site. When all this is done, we need to make sure this layout looks good on all the devices and all screen sizes, and that includes the very smalles screen size, that vertical phone. If you remember back to when we made the media queries, when we scaled this window down to a smaller size, so equivalent to that small phone, we have a 20-pixel padding on the left and it 20-pixel padding on the right.
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  1. 4m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 27s
    3. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 34s
  2. 8m 36s
    1. What is responsive design?
      4m 16s
    2. The different faces of WordPress on mobile
      1m 55s
    3. Exploring the finished Anaximander theme
      2m 25s
  3. 9m 38s
    1. Getting and installing the Anaximander theme
      1m 53s
    2. Configuring basic theme options
      7m 45s
  4. 23m 51s
    1. Deciding what screen sizes to design for
      4m 11s
    2. Thinking responsively: Designing for many different screen sizes
      6m 23s
    3. Visualizing content realignment for better markup
      4m 35s
    4. Designing menus
      4m 52s
    5. Adding responsive images and videos
      3m 50s
  5. 26m 8s
    1. What are media queries and how do they work?
      4m 18s
    2. Exploring CSS3, progressive enhancement, and graceful degradation
      3m 27s
    3. Understanding best practices for media queries
      3m 57s
    4. Creating a responsive frame
      5m 12s
    5. Customizing media queries with the Chrome Developer Tools
      5m 28s
    6. Taking device width into account
      3m 46s
  6. 11m 1s
    1. Resizing the site title and the description
      8m 22s
    2. Adding media queries to the header
      2m 39s
  7. 11m 22s
    1. Making the menu responsive
      3m 35s
    2. Creating a different menu design for small screens
      7m 47s
  8. 19m 22s
    1. Making a responsive single-post layout
      6m 11s
    2. Making images responsive
      4m 37s
    3. Making videos responsive by including FitVids
      8m 34s
  9. 7m 45s
    1. Making the sidebar responsive
      5m 10s
    2. Hiding sidebars on mobile
      2m 35s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Dealing with footer widgets
      5m 11s
    2. Adding navigation links that return to the top of the page
      2m 17s
  11. 12m 54s
    1. Using FlexSlider to create a responsive slider
      6m 2s
    2. Creating a loop to show sticky posts in a featured slider
      6m 52s
  12. 24m 37s
    1. What is jQuery Masonry?
      3m 41s
    2. Installing jQuery Masonry
      4m 45s
    3. Configuring the index page with Masonry
      7m 0s
    4. Using CSS to finalize the Masonry layout
      6m 17s
    5. Adding media queries to the Masonry index
      2m 54s
  13. 9m 11s
    1. Exploring hidden features of the Anaximander theme
      5m 51s
    2. Where to go from here
      3m 20s

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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes
2h 55m Intermediate Aug 17, 2012

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The many ways visitors access web sites, via mobile devices, tablets, and desktops, now requires sites to incorporate responsive design elements that adapt to different screen sizes and browsers. In this course, Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates design strategies, best practices, and actual code examples for creating a responsive web site. The course covers layout, navigation, responsive video embedding, and content sliders. The final chapter shows how to create an index page with jQuery Masonry, a jQuery plugin that helps you create dynamic grid layouts.

Topics include:
  • What is responsive design?
  • Installing the Anaximander example theme
  • Deciding what screen sizes to target
  • Designing menus
  • Adding responsive images and video
  • Using CSS media queries to apply different styles
  • Handling sidebars on mobile displays
  • Dealing with footer widgets
  • Installing jQuery Masonry
Subjects:
Web CMS User Experience Blogs Responsive Design
Software:
WordPress
Author:
Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Adding media queries to the Masonry index

jQuery Masonry is now hooked into the front page, working properly, and we have this nice Masonry front page on our site. When all this is done, we need to make sure this layout looks good on all the devices and all screen sizes, and that includes the very smalles screen size, that vertical phone. If you remember back to when we made the media queries, when we scaled this window down to a smaller size, so equivalent to that small phone, we have a 20-pixel padding on the left and it 20-pixel padding on the right.

The problem is the box here in the Masonry layouts is 300 pixels wide, meaning the total width here is 340 pixels, whereas the phone's screen size is 320 pixels. What we need to do is reduce this padding for just this smaller size so that when people use their phones and hold them vertically, they'll get 320 pixels across exactly. What we need is a new media query targeting just this situation.

To add the new media query, we'll go to our style.css file, scroll all the way to the bottom, and if you want to, you can go and grab the media query from earlier, for instance this one. Copy it out, and we paste it in here, and then we make the conditional statement max-width: 3 20px. Then it'll only affect smart phones held vertically or really narrow windows on a computer. Now all we've to do is find those values that we want to affect and then paste them in here.

Now if you look at our original media queries, you'll see that there's a bunch of CSS selectors when we set the left or right values to 20 pixels. You see it here and here and here and here and so on. So what we're going to do is take the same selectors, copy them into a new media query, and then reduce that width the 10 pixels. Just to make it easier for you, I've made a code_snippet that just does that. So you just have go in to the code_snippet file and find that media query, copy it out, scroll to the bottom of style.css, and paste it in.

When you save this new media query and go back to your browser and reload the page and then reduce the page down to that same width again, you'll see that right when we hit that 320 mark, the new media query kicks in, and we get this nice 10-pixel padding on the left and right. And it also realigns the header in the menu and the footer and so on. You can see here, it keeps popping in and out between 10 and 20.

So what we're doing here is using media queries one last time to refine the look for just one particular usage scenario.

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