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Installing jQuery Masonry

From: WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

Video: Installing jQuery Masonry

Now that you've seen what Masonry can do, let's install it into the Anaximander theme so we can use it to create a cool, functional front page. To download Masonry, go to the Masonry web site and right-click on the Download the script jquery.masonry.min.js. So I'll go click Save link as, and I'll navigate to my WordPress installation or where I have my theme, and I'll go into my theme, go into the js folder, and simply save jquery.masonry.min.

Installing jQuery Masonry

Now that you've seen what Masonry can do, let's install it into the Anaximander theme so we can use it to create a cool, functional front page. To download Masonry, go to the Masonry web site and right-click on the Download the script jquery.masonry.min.js. So I'll go click Save link as, and I'll navigate to my WordPress installation or where I have my theme, and I'll go into my theme, go into the js folder, and simply save jquery.masonry.min.

Now that I have jquery.masonry added to my theme folder, I want to enqueue it into the site. So again, I'll go to functions.php and I'll scroll all the way to the bottom, make a few new lines, and this is where I want to enqueue jquery.masonry. If you go to the code_snippets file for this course, you'll find that full function for enqueueing masonry. So I'll simply copy it out and paste it in, and then I'll explain what happens.

Just like the two other times we included JavaScript into WordPress. what we are doing here is creating a function that registers and enqueues a script properly so that WordPress can handle it in the right way. Off the top, we create a function, give it a name. I called it anaximander_masonry. And then after the function we create an action that on initiation of the theme calls this function. Inside the function we check whether or not the current page is an admin page, and if it is, then we don't do this.

So you see here it says exclamation point, which is not, so we're saying if this is not an admin page, then run the following. So if it is an admin page, none of this happens. Inside the function we first register the script by giving it a name, then pointing to where it is. It's in the template_directory under the folder js and the script is called jquery.masonry.min.js. This script is related to the jQuery library that ships with WordPress, so therefore we're telling WordPress to also load the jQuery library.

Once we register a script, we enqueue the script, and by enqueueing the script, I mean we add the script to the very top of the page. So all we are doing here is saying wp_enqueue_script and then we just call that name that we just gave the script. This adds the jquery.masonry script itself to WordPress. The next thing we need to do is create the function that actually calls up a jquery_masonry script. That function is down here and what it does is it says find the ID masonry-index and assign masonry to it.

And then inside that ID we have an itemSelector called .index-post-container and each of these should be floated in the way that masonry floats content. This, by the way, is also where you want to add additional functions, so for example if you want to add the animation function that animates this content as you move it. So what I mean is when this content slides around in the screen, instead of it just popping into place, you want to add that in here.

So what you would say is isAnimated: true, and there are countless other options you can also add. You'll find all of these in the documentation on the masonry web site. Once you've completed a function to add in Masonry, save functions.php, go back to your site, reload it, and though nothing happens quite yet, to make sure Masonry is being enqueued properly, go Ctrl+U in Chrome to open the code itself and then Ctrl+F to open the Finder and type in masonry.

And here you can see masonry being enqueued and you'll also see that function we created being listed in the footer, meaning masonry will kick in. Now note that I said it's listed in the footer. If we go back to the function here, you'll see that the add_action function that adds the anaximander_add_masonry, which is this custom code here, is being added in wp_footer, meaning it's added at the very end of the page. That just means the function doesn't run until all the content is filled in on the page, and we're doing that because we don't want masonry to try to reorganize content before all the content is available.

With Masonry installed and up and running, we're now ready to hook it into our index page.

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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

39 video lessons · 16969 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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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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