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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes
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Adding navigation links that return to the top of the page


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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Video: Adding navigation links that return to the top of the page

This may seem trivial, but adding a link to the very bottom of your theme pointing the visitor back to the top can be extremely useful. This is especially true if you write long articles or have a lot of content on the page, because navigating to the top of a page with swipe behaviors on a phone can be a real pain. Adding a navigation link back to the top is easy. You just have to target a specific ID within the page markup and add it to the URL. I like to add a specific line of text to this link, just to make a kind of humorous.
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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 navigation links that return to the top of the page

This may seem trivial, but adding a link to the very bottom of your theme pointing the visitor back to the top can be extremely useful. This is especially true if you write long articles or have a lot of content on the page, because navigating to the top of a page with swipe behaviors on a phone can be a real pain. Adding a navigation link back to the top is easy. You just have to target a specific ID within the page markup and add it to the URL. I like to add a specific line of text to this link, just to make a kind of humorous.

So the first thing we are going to do is identify the container we want to target with our link. I'll click somewhere in the main content towards the top to activate my Developer Tools and then find in an id I want to target. Let's say want to move people up to the content ID, found right here. It's pretty much at the top, and it's where the content starts. Then I'm going to add the link to my footer file. So I'll go to my theme, find footer.php, and scroll down to the bottom, and here I'll add a new paragraph right at the end, so it's absolutely at the bottom of the footer.

And inside the paragraph I'm going to add an anchor with the a href of #content, which is that id I just found. I'll close the anchor and add the closing anchor tag, and then I'll put in some link text so it's clear what's going on when you click this link. "You have reached the bottom. Click here to get back on top." The final thing I need to do is close my paragraph. I will now save the footer file, reload my page, scroll all the way to the bottom, and here we now have a link that says, "You've reached the bottom, click here to get back on top." When you click it, we jump all the way back to the top the page.

Like I said, looks trivial, extremely useful. Responsive design is more than content reorganization. It's also adding in-functionality that makes the site easier to use for different users. The return-to-the-top navigation link has little of value for desktop computer users, but is very useful for visitors using smartphones and tablets.

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