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WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

Moving on: One page is enough


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WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

with Chris Coyier
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  1. 6m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 25s
  2. 40m 42s
    1. Reviewing the client spec and deciding on WordPress
      6m 50s
    2. Reviewing assets and resources and creating a mood board
      8m 41s
    3. Building a home page mockup
      11m 26s
    4. Finishing the home page
      12m 27s
    5. Planning the rest of the site
      1m 18s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. Starting with a base project
      3m 6s
    2. Writing HTML code for the home page
      12m 7s
    3. Starting the CSS: Creating the header and basic style structure
      11m 28s
    4. Styling the Navigation panel
      10m 59s
    5. Styling the sidebar
      7m 55s
    6. Styling the home page, pt. 1
      8m 20s
    7. Styling the home page, pt. 2
      8m 17s
    8. Finishing the CSS
      3m 14s
    9. Moving on: One page is enough
      2m 43s
  4. 1h 56m
    1. Setting up WordPress and MAMP on a Mac
      6m 7s
    2. Setting up WordPress and WAMP on a Windows computer
      5m 38s
    3. Modifying important settings
      6m 26s
    4. Starting with a blank theme template
      4m 35s
    5. Introducing template file structure
      4m 55s
    6. Breaking up the HTML
      9m 53s
    7. Building the sidebar
      3m 54s
    8. Building the navigation
      7m 20s
    9. Showing one recent post
      4m 1s
    10. Fetching external content
      8m 23s
    11. Creating a custom home page
      3m 30s
    12. Introducing custom fields
      5m 23s
    13. Creating custom product pages
      9m 52s
    14. Creating custom category pages
      15m 39s
    15. Creating the blog home page
      5m 39s
    16. Creating a single blog entry page
      4m 15s
    17. Implementing comments
      5m 57s
    18. Finishing the home page
      4m 45s
  5. 34m 17s
    1. Will this work with WordPress?
      3m 10s
    2. Using JavaScript in themes the right way
      8m 35s
    3. Implementing something fun with JavaScript
      7m 53s
    4. Introducing plug-ins
      6m 31s
    5. Setting up security
      8m 8s
  6. 2m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      2m 7s

Video: Moving on: One page is enough

So we just finished up the HTML and the complete CSS styling for our homepage. In my workflow this is usually where I stop and move on to creating an actual WordPress theme. It's similar to what we did in Photoshop where we just mocked up the homepage. We could've kept on going in Photoshop and created the designs for all the different pages, but we decided that the homepage was enough for now and decided to move forward. So a lot of times that's what I'll do here too. I have this homepage completed in the HTML and CSS and I'll move into creating the actual theme.

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WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes
4h 28m Intermediate Nov 03, 2010

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In WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes, author Chris Coyier shows how to build a custom WordPress theme from scratch and satisfy common client requests. The course covers steps necessary to build a theme using a complete workflow with Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and WordPress 3.0. Also included are tutorials on enhancing a WordPress site with JavaScript, using plugins, and ensuring site security. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Building a design in Photoshop
  • Converting Photoshop design to HTML and CSS
  • Setting up MAMP on Mac and WAMP on Windows
  • Moving HTML and CSS into a WordPress theme
  • Building navigation
  • Using custom fields
  • Creating a commenting system
  • Using JavaScript and plugins
Subjects:
Developer Web CMS
Software:
WordPress
Author:
Chris Coyier

Moving on: One page is enough

So we just finished up the HTML and the complete CSS styling for our homepage. In my workflow this is usually where I stop and move on to creating an actual WordPress theme. It's similar to what we did in Photoshop where we just mocked up the homepage. We could've kept on going in Photoshop and created the designs for all the different pages, but we decided that the homepage was enough for now and decided to move forward. So a lot of times that's what I'll do here too. I have this homepage completed in the HTML and CSS and I'll move into creating the actual theme.

But bear in mind that you don't have to stop here if you don't want to. You might want to press on and mock up additional pages. In fact that's what we've done here. I've mocked up a number of additional pages for other areas of this site, doing it this way is going to save us a little bit of time when move into theming in the next chapter. So let's take a look at these pages and the final HTML and CSS code. Now this is the exact file that we're going to be working from when we were creating the themes. So we're looking at the index.html file. Now we just finished up theming this.

It's just slightly different than where I left you guys off. There is the Search form at the top. I've added a home link and there is a little bit of content here to fill out this column, this Web Special of the Week. So let's take a look at this project in TextMate. We'll look at that index.html file and at the top of our sidebar is this form that's that search form, in case you're following along and want a search form on your site as well. I've added this Home link and I've added just another up here.

I got another h2 tag with this coupon below it. So that's just the only thing that's different on the homepage, this index.html page. There is a few other pages that I've mocked up though. One of them would be the homepage of the blog. So if you click on The Grind here and go to the blog, The Grind is going to have this kind of big bold identity and then recent blogpost and that's what that's going to look like. A single blog article like if you were to click on this article and go read this individual article, is this file called blog single.html.

It looks like this. This is the design for an individual blog post. Then inside the store there are category pages. We're hoping they look like this with the different categories here and individual products below those category headers. This is what we want an individual product to look like, a big image for the product and this kind of design here. So these are the exact files that we're going to be working from as we move forward with our WordPress theme.

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Q: What prerequisite skill do I need to be successful in this course?
A: This course is set at the intermediate/advanced level. You’ll do best if you have a good knowledge of Photoshop, plus a good grasp of PHPHTML, and CSS.

Q: The index.php file that the author is working with in Chapter 3 doesn't match mine after the "Building a sidebar" movie. It appears to change between the "Building a sidebar" and "Building the navigation" movies. What code am I missing?
A: The author makes some changes off screen between several movies in this title, simply because there is so much material to cover. These changes are provided in the exercise files.

However, if you are following along without the exercise files, you catch up to him by adding the following code to your index.php file, directly after the <?php get_header(); ?> line:

<div id="main-content">

Near the end of the file, just before  <?php get_sidebar(); ?>, add a closing div tag, </div>, to complete the div wrapper.

The resulting code will look like so. You may also copy and paste this into a new file and save it as index.php.

<?php get_header(); ?>

<div id='main-content'>

    <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

        <div <?php post_class() ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">

            <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>

            <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/inc/meta.php' ); ?>

            <div class="entry">
                <?php the_content(); ?>
            </div>

            <div class="postmetadata">
                <?php the_tags('Tags: ', ', ', '<br />'); ?>
                Posted in <?php the_category(', ') ?> |
                <?php comments_popup_link('No Comments »', '1 Comment »', '% Comments »'); ?>
            </div>

        </div>

    <?php endwhile; ?>

    <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/inc/nav.php' ); ?>

    <?php else : ?>

        <h2>Not Found</h2>

    <?php endif; ?>
   
</div>

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>

<?php get_footer(); ?>

Q: How do I load my custom theme once I have finished?
A: Copy the Custom theme folder to your new WordPress installation and put it in wp-content > themes. Then you can activate the new theme and work with it from there.
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