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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

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When I am learning something new, I find it's always easier to get where I want to go if I can see the end product before I begin. That way I have reference points and I know where I'm moving towardsm and I don't have to wonder why am I doing this right now and what does this have to do with what I want to end up with? So before we start, I am going to show you the end result: what we are going to end up building through this course. It's an online portfolio for a chef who wants to showcase information about himself and a way to contact him as well as recipes, photos, videos, and blog posts about what he does for living.
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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

Tour of the finished project

When I am learning something new, I find it's always easier to get where I want to go if I can see the end product before I begin. That way I have reference points and I know where I'm moving towardsm and I don't have to wonder why am I doing this right now and what does this have to do with what I want to end up with? So before we start, I am going to show you the end result: what we are going to end up building through this course. It's an online portfolio for a chef who wants to showcase information about himself and a way to contact him as well as recipes, photos, videos, and blog posts about what he does for living.

So let's take a look at this online portfolio. On the front page we have a basic Welcome page, and if you scroll down to the bottom, you will see we have lists of his most recent recipes, his most recent photos, and his most recent videos. One the top we also have the same items on our menu, Recipes, Photos and Videos as well as the standard pages About and Contact and even a Blog. What sets this website apart from a regular WordPress website are the Recipes, Photos, and Videos and how we handle them. If I click on Recipes, you will see that we have all this extra information about the recipes.

We have Meal type, Preparation time, Serving, Difficulty, Ingredients and so on and each of these are links. What you're looking at here is actually a custom post type. We have created a new type post just for Recipes and in that custom post type, we have what's called custom taxonomies, new ways of ordering your content. So, whereas with posts in general in WordPress, you will only have categories and tags, when it comes to recipes, we have Meal type, Preparation time, Serving, Difficulty, and Ingredients as sorting options, and we can click on any one of these and see all the other items that are associated with that same taxonomy or sorting type.

This makes it an extremely powerful web site because we can cross-reference different types of content and at the same time display only the types of contents the visitor wants to see. If we go to the backend of our website, you will see that in addition to the regular WordPress content, we have three new post types, Recipes, Photos, and Videos, and under each of these you can see these custom taxonomies, Meal type, Level of difficulty, Ingredients, Preparation time and Servings for recipes. And then for Photos and Videos, we have some of the same taxonomies, Meal type and Ingredients, and also custom taxonomies just for those post types, Techniques for Photos and Video types for Videos.

Going in and creating a new recipe, you will see that we have access to all of these in the regular way on the side here. Rather than having categories and tags, we now have Meal type, Level of difficulty and so on, all the way down to the bottom. By creating these custom post types, we are separating out specific types of content in our site and making it easier to navigate. We are also making it easier for us to manage as site owners, because we know where everything is and everything isn't just stored under different trees of categories.

So now you know where we are going and as a wise man once said, every great journey starts with a single step, so we will go all the way back and start at the beginning.

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