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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress
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Setting up a WordPress development environment


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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

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I created this course to help you build an online portfolio using WordPress as easily and effectively as possible. This is a jump right in kind of course, so if you have no previous experience using WordPress, you maybe a bit overwhelmed. But fret not my friends, we got you covered. If this is your first time using WordPress or you have only limited experience with a publishing platform, I recommend you check out the WordPress 3 Essential Training course right here on lynda.com. It'll give you a firm understanding of how WordPress works out of the box and what you can do with the application itself.
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  1. 6m 28s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 54s
    3. Using the code snippets file
      1m 36s
  2. 8m 31s
    1. What is an online portfolio?
      2m 43s
    2. Tour of the finished project
      3m 15s
    3. Setting up a WordPress development environment
      2m 33s
  3. 16m 10s
    1. Creating site architecture
      5m 1s
    2. Creating a child theme
      6m 7s
    3. Creating an external file to manage functions separately from the theme
      5m 2s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. What is a custom post type?
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a custom post type
      6m 39s
    3. Adding advanced variables to the custom post type
      3m 35s
    4. Advanced custom post type functionalities
      4m 29s
    5. Changing the menu position of the custom post type
      3m 19s
    6. Adding a custom post type icon
      5m 10s
  5. 22m 8s
    1. What are custom taxonomies?
      3m 34s
    2. Setting up a basic custom taxonomy
      2m 52s
    3. Hooking a custom taxonomy to a post type
      3m 13s
    4. Adding advanced variables to a custom taxonomy
      3m 9s
    5. Using hierarchical and nonhierarchical custom taxonomies
      5m 54s
    6. Using custom taxonomies in admin
      3m 26s
  6. 25m 40s
    1. Populating content into the custom post types
      10m 54s
    2. Uploading videos to YouTube
      2m 22s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type
      4m 23s
    4. Uploading videos to WordPress
      8m 1s
  7. 39m 47s
    1. Creating custom post type templates
      6m 50s
    2. Adding taxonomy info to the custom post type template
      9m 13s
    3. Creating conditional custom taxonomy links
      4m 46s
    4. Handling multiple post type templates: Individual templates
      6m 25s
    5. Handling multiple post type templates: Consolidating everything in one file
      6m 21s
    6. Handling multiple post type templates: Making custom post types the default
      6m 12s
  8. 15m 23s
    1. Creating an index page for a custom post type
      8m 10s
    2. Creating a custom taxonomy index page
      7m 13s
  9. 12m 3s
    1. Creating a custom footer sidebar template
      6m 58s
    2. Displaying a list of links to the latest custom post type posts
      5m 5s
  10. 14m 58s
    1. Creating static pages for the front and the blog
      4m 54s
    2. Populating the menu with new index pages
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a contact page with a contact form
      5m 12s
  11. 5m 55s
    1. Including the abstraction layer in other stock themes
      5m 55s
  12. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress
3h 13m Advanced Sep 23, 2011

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Learn how to build an advanced portfolio site that showcases various types of content using the free open-source application WordPress. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates creating custom post types, differentiating and classifying content with custom taxonomies, and working with custom post templates. The course also shows how to embed YouTube videos, build index pages, display the latest posts from different custom post types, and hook custom post types into separate themes. Exercise files accompany with the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring online portfolios
  • Creating the site architecture
  • Incorporating advanced custom post type functionalities
  • Hooking a custom taxonomy to a post type
  • Understanding how hierarchy relates to taxonomies
  • Populating content into custom post types
  • Handling multiple post type templates
  • Displaying a list of links to the latest custom post type posts
  • Building static pages for the front and the blog
  • Creating a contact page with a contact form
Subjects:
Design Web CMS Web Design Projects
Software:
WordPress
Author:
Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Setting up a WordPress development environment

I created this course to help you build an online portfolio using WordPress as easily and effectively as possible. This is a jump right in kind of course, so if you have no previous experience using WordPress, you maybe a bit overwhelmed. But fret not my friends, we got you covered. If this is your first time using WordPress or you have only limited experience with a publishing platform, I recommend you check out the WordPress 3 Essential Training course right here on lynda.com. It'll give you a firm understanding of how WordPress works out of the box and what you can do with the application itself.

In this course, we will be building an advanced child theme. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of child themes, or you want more information about what they are before you get started, go check out the WordPress 3: Building Child Themes course also in the lynda.com library. These courses were created to form a natural progression, so watching them in order will give you a firm footing for developing advanced WordPress websites. Throughout this course, I will be using the Google Chrome browser, but you can use whatever browser you want, because, as we all know, browsers pretty much all work the same way.

I will also be using the Eclipse code editor to write all my code. Again, you can use whatever code editor you want, either WYSIWYG editor or just something simple, like Notepad. Now for the WordPress part. WordPress is a dynamic web publishing application that lives on a web server. It consists of two main parts: the application itself and the database that contains all the contents. When developing a new WordPress site, it's always a good idea to set up a WordPress development environment on your local computer so you can do all the building and testing first, before you published the website to the web.

This is not mandatory. You can follow this course and do everything on live site on the web, but as we move along, you are likely to make changes that will break the site temporarily, and that's not a good experience for your unsuspecting visitors. Setting up WordPress on your local computer is made easy using one of several available tools. I use something called BitNami. You just go to bitnami.org, find the Download button, and then install it. You can also use WAMP if you are on a PC or MAMP, if you are on a Mac. If you want a further explanation of how to do this, you can either go check out the WordPress 3 Essential Training course, where there's a complete walk-through of all these processes, or you can go check out David Gassner's course, Installing Apache, MySQL and PHP, right in the lynda.com library.

When all this is done, you will be at the same point I am when we start, having WordPress installed locally on your computer, and now you can start working.

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