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WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes
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WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes

with Chris Coyier

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If you are a premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this site. I have downloaded these exercise files. I have them on my Desktop, and I have the folder open here. There are a few things I want to go over with these exercise files. Now in Chapter 1, movie 5 here, there is a Photoshop file Widget Corp Homepage.psd. If I open up that, I have the finished Photoshop file that we ended up with in this course.
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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

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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

Using the exercise files

If you are a premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if you're watching this tutorial on DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this site. I have downloaded these exercise files. I have them on my Desktop, and I have the folder open here. There are a few things I want to go over with these exercise files. Now in Chapter 1, movie 5 here, there is a Photoshop file Widget Corp Homepage.psd. If I open up that, I have the finished Photoshop file that we ended up with in this course.

You can do whatever you want with this. If you want to use this as a starter template for your own project or tweak things around to your visual liking. Just feel free to do whatever you'd like with that. Now some of the aspects of that Photoshop file, the logo and some of the product images, they've come from iStockphoto. So we want to thank them for this image, which is our logo, and some product images, and this. So in Chapter 3, we start out creating the WordPress theme.

This folder here called BLANK-Theme, in chapter 03_04, is literally that. It's a blank stripped-down, bare-bones WordPress theme. So this isn't specific to this course. We do start with it, but it will be a great starting point for any theme. Then from 03_05 onwards, we provide that same theme, only it's now called WidgetCorpTheme-1. These files in here are the starting point for each of these movies, but they are a complete WordPress theme as well.

So if you're jumping in at one of these movies, you'll need to activate this theme as it's provided. So how you do that is here in MAMP, in our htdocs folder -- Now this htdocs folder is the root of our local WordPress installation. In PC, it would be the www folder. Let me go ahead and drag that into the themes folder, which is within the wp-content folder of our root here.

Then we can go into WordPress, into the admin area, and activate that theme. So let me do that. localhost is where we're working. Within that is this wp-admin folder. Under Appearance now, that theme is going to be available for us to activate. Now if you activate this right now, it might look a little half complete. Of course, that's because these files are not complete. These are just starter files for where we start in that movie.

If you want to jump all the way to the end and have the complete WordPress theme, come here to the Chapter 5 folder of the exercise files, in the Final folder. That'll be the folder for the completed WordPress theme. So, let me drag that over. Replace that. Now if I reload over here, that theme is still going to be available. We haven't activated it yet, because if we activate it now it's not going to look quite right. The theme is one part of this finished product.

The other part is all the database stuff, all of the pages that we've published and all the blog posts that we've published. You're not going to have that in your own local install of WordPress just yet. You can follow along with all the movies and publish it as we publish it, or to jump ahead, there is this file here that you can import that's going to give you all that stuff. So, that's that widgetcorp.xml file. I'm going to copy that on to our desktop. Now if you want to import it, go under Tools, to the Import option here.

The last link is for the WordPress. That's the one you want. You can Choose File, grab that XML file, and hit Upload file and import. We're going to choose our self a one user here. Check this checkbox. We want to make sure we get absolutely everything that's in this XML file. Hit Submit. It's going to go through its importing process. If we go under Pages, you'll see all these pages are going to pop-in here. You didn't have to hand-publish these. It just came with that import that we just did.

Another important aspect to make sure this theme is kind of going to look right is the fact that this product-images folder is here. That's provided in the Exercise Files in this Final folder. Make sure that's present in the root directory of locally working with WordPress. Now under Appearance, I'm going to Activate the new theme and go click our title here and take a look. This is where we end up. This is our final product of this whole course.

So there are a few things that look little different. You can adjust this in the settings, where it says Just Another WordPress Site. There is an option to change that. But otherwise, this is our final looking theme. If you are a monthly subscriber or annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to the Exercise Files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. It's also important to note here that there are some free assets that come with this theme. You can download those as exercise files from the course page. Those being the Photoshop file here and the Blank starter theme.

So let's get started.

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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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