Before we get started with this course, there are a few things you should know. If this is the first time you're using WordPress, or if you have little experience using the application, I urge you to check out the WordPress Essential Training course right here in the lynda.com online training library. The Essential Training course will give you the fundamentals and the understanding of how WordPress works and ensure that you're able to follow the course all the way through. The WordPress Essential Training course covers how to publish your WordPress site on an external host on the web, but if you want to install WordPress locally on your computer, you can also check out the Installing, Apache, MySQL and PHP course right here in the lynda.com online training library.
To be able to test your theme properly on a mobile device like a cell phone or a tablet, you need to either publish your site to the web, so you can access through the web, or you need to set up a local server on your local network so that you can access that network with your device. I suggest setting up a site on the web, simply because it's easier and less to manage. And finally, throughout this course I will be using demo assets in the site. That's images, text, and videos that we've created to showcase different features.
As you follow along in this course, you should use your own assets, so your own text, your own images, and your own videos, so that when you're done you actually have real content on your site. Now, let's get started building responsive themes.
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