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Getting the right tools for theme creation

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Video: Getting the right tools for theme creation

No matter what kind of work you do, getting the right tools for the job can mean the difference between getting things done right and making huge problems for yourself. Fortunately, when it comes to web development, there are excellent, easy to use, free tools available for all platforms. To follow this course you need a browser with web developers tools built in, you need a text/code editor so you can edit your code, and you also need to install WordPress locally on your computer. If you want to match my work environment, I'll show you the tools I am going to be using.

Getting the right tools for theme creation

No matter what kind of work you do, getting the right tools for the job can mean the difference between getting things done right and making huge problems for yourself. Fortunately, when it comes to web development, there are excellent, easy to use, free tools available for all platforms. To follow this course you need a browser with web developers tools built in, you need a text/code editor so you can edit your code, and you also need to install WordPress locally on your computer. If you want to match my work environment, I'll show you the tools I am going to be using.

For the browser, I am going to be using Chrome from Google. I use Chrome because it already has all the web developer tools built-in, and I don't have to worry about installing any extra features to make it work the way I want it to. But most other modern browsers also have either extensions that will install web developer tools or they also have web developer tools built-in, so it's a preference thing. I'll be using Notepad++ as my code editor. Notepad++ is a simple code editor for PCs and it's very easy to use.

However, if you're on a Mac, you need to install a Mac specific application. One option is TextWrangler from Bare Bones. It's free and it works pretty much the same way as Notepad++. But there are many other options available that you can choose from. You also need to install WordPress on your computer and there are several different ways you can do that depending on what kind of computer you're using. If you're on a Windows computer, the simplest way of installing WordPress locally is to use BitNami. BitNami is a one click install that allows you to install WordPress directly on your computer.

To get to the WordPress solution, you simply go to BitNami, you select Downloads, and you find WordPress, and from here you can pick the installation you want. If you're a more advanced user and you want more control over your server, you can install either the WAMP server for Windows or the MAMP Server for Mac. They're the exact same application and all they do is they set up an Apache, MySQL, PHP server on your computer so you can run the full web server that you can experiment with.

If you install either the WAMP server or the MAMP server, you then afterwards have to install WordPress under these servers so that WordPress works. The reason why you want to install WordPress locally on your computer is so that when you make changes you don't have to upload those change to the server to see if they work. You can simply change them on your computer and reload your page and it automatically updates for you. It also means that you can bring your projects with you. If you're on a laptop and you don't have Internet, you'll still be able to work on your themes, because they're on your computer, not on the Internet.

With the right tool set up, you're ready to start developing rock solid WordPress child themes.

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WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

45 video lessons · 33173 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 6m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 29s
    4. Getting the right tools for theme creation
      2m 50s
  2. 17m 2s
    1. What is a WordPress child theme and when should you use it?
      2m 38s
    2. Picking a parent theme
      3m 55s
    3. Making sure you have the Twenty Twelve parent theme
      1m 50s
    4. Creating and activating a basic child theme
      4m 20s
    5. Importing parent theme styles
      4m 19s
  3. 16m 2s
    1. Using the developer tools
      3m 53s
    2. Modifying existing styles
      4m 24s
    3. Adding space between paragraphs
      4m 7s
    4. Changing font family styles
      3m 38s
  4. 31m 47s
    1. Understanding the WordPress template hierarchy
      3m 12s
    2. Modifying existing templates
      2m 33s
    3. Moving the header image
      4m 29s
    4. Adding Related Posts feature to posts
      6m 26s
    5. Creating custom page templates
      5m 43s
    6. Using conditional statements for customized effects
      5m 41s
    7. Creating custom header, footer, and sidebar templates
      3m 43s
  5. 17m 5s
    1. Understanding the different index pages and what they do
      4m 6s
    2. Adding author, date, and time information to the index loop
      7m 15s
    3. Changing the appearance of category index pages
      5m 44s
  6. 43m 5s
    1. Introducing functions.php
      3m 24s
    2. Overriding existing functions
      3m 23s
    3. Adding pagination to index pages
      5m 49s
    4. Adding to existing functions
      3m 21s
    5. Adding a new footer menu to Twenty Twelve
      6m 24s
    6. Adding a new widgetized area to pages
      4m 9s
    7. Adding static content to the sidebar
      7m 44s
    8. Replacing existing functions
      2m 36s
    9. Adding a Google font through a function
      6m 15s
  7. 10m 24s
    1. Adding new featured image sizes
      5m 41s
    2. Adding featured images to posts and pages
      4m 43s
  8. 31m 1s
    1. Adding a welcome message to the front page
      1m 22s
    2. Displaying page content in an index page
      7m 42s
    3. Hooking in a featured image
      4m 34s
    4. Making the welcome message responsive
      6m 27s
    5. Restricting content to the first page of the blog
      4m 22s
    6. Adding a jQuery function to show or hide the welcome message
      6m 34s
  9. 10m 23s
    1. Adding a custom favicon
      3m 58s
    2. Adding a custom screenshot
      2m 29s
    3. Adding footer information
      3m 56s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. What to do when a child theme crashes your website
      4m 38s
    2. Updating parent and child themes
      2m 36s

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