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Where to go from here

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And that, my friend, brings us to the end of this course. Before I let you go, I just have a few more things I'd like to say. All the techniques that I've shown you in this course, whether it be design techniques, development techniques for responsive design, or how to use CSS in different ways to create different types of layouts, are all universal and can be applied to any theme. Of course, how you apply it will change, but the general concepts will stay the same. Media queries are media queries no matter where you go, and you just apply them in the same way I did and use the same techniques and you'll have great results.

Where to go from here

And that, my friend, brings us to the end of this course. Before I let you go, I just have a few more things I'd like to say. All the techniques that I've shown you in this course, whether it be design techniques, development techniques for responsive design, or how to use CSS in different ways to create different types of layouts, are all universal and can be applied to any theme. Of course, how you apply it will change, but the general concepts will stay the same. Media queries are media queries no matter where you go, and you just apply them in the same way I did and use the same techniques and you'll have great results.

The techniques I've showed you on how to include JavaScript tools like FitVid, FlexSlider, and jQuery Masonry can also be applied to any theme. Again, how exactly and where exactly you place these things may change, but the overall technique on how to include them by enqueuing the JavaScripts in the function.php file and then applying them to your general templates stays same across all themes. Now that you have a fully responsive and fully functional version of an Anaximander, I urge you to pick the theme apart and configure it in a way that you like, so you can use it on your own site.

You're free to use it the way it is. You can customize it in any way you like, to make it look more like what you want it to. You can also build child theme from it, or you can use components that you find inside an Anaximander theme and include them in another theme. You're free to do whatever you want with this code. If you want to learn more about responsive web design, I urge you to start by reading the original article, Responsible Web Design by Ethan Marcotte that's published on A List Apart. This is where responsive design started, and understanding the history of this technique makes it easier for you to understand what you can do with it.

If you want inspiration, you should go and check out this web site, mediaqueri.es. This is an ongoing library of thousands upon thousands of web sites that use responsive design, and it showcases what these web sites look like in different widths, so you can see what people are doing. It's a great place to see what's going on in responsive design, and you can also submit your own site. Just be advised, it takes a very long time from you submit it till it actually appears on the site, because there are so many sites that are being done this way.

But if you're looking for inspiration, this is a great place to start. If you want kind of a rundown of what's hot in responsible design right now, you can also sign up for this newsletter by Brad Frost. It gives you exactly that: a rundown of what's hot in responsible web design right now. And you get it right in your inbox, so you can read the great articles and tutorials that are being published on it. But what is most important about responsive web design, and what I hope I was able to impart to you with this course, is that you can take responsive web design and make it your own and make any site work really well on all different screen sizes and all devices.

By using responsive web design, you're creating better user experiences for anyone visiting the sites you build. And in the end, that's really all that matters. So go forth and build responsive WordPress themes.

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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

39 video lessons · 16976 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 4m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 27s
    3. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 34s
  2. 8m 36s
    1. What is responsive design?
      4m 16s
    2. The different faces of WordPress on mobile
      1m 55s
    3. Exploring the finished Anaximander theme
      2m 25s
  3. 9m 38s
    1. Getting and installing the Anaximander theme
      1m 53s
    2. Configuring basic theme options
      7m 45s
  4. 23m 51s
    1. Deciding what screen sizes to design for
      4m 11s
    2. Thinking responsively: Designing for many different screen sizes
      6m 23s
    3. Visualizing content realignment for better markup
      4m 35s
    4. Designing menus
      4m 52s
    5. Adding responsive images and videos
      3m 50s
  5. 26m 8s
    1. What are media queries and how do they work?
      4m 18s
    2. Exploring CSS3, progressive enhancement, and graceful degradation
      3m 27s
    3. Understanding best practices for media queries
      3m 57s
    4. Creating a responsive frame
      5m 12s
    5. Customizing media queries with the Chrome Developer Tools
      5m 28s
    6. Taking device width into account
      3m 46s
  6. 11m 1s
    1. Resizing the site title and the description
      8m 22s
    2. Adding media queries to the header
      2m 39s
  7. 11m 22s
    1. Making the menu responsive
      3m 35s
    2. Creating a different menu design for small screens
      7m 47s
  8. 19m 22s
    1. Making a responsive single-post layout
      6m 11s
    2. Making images responsive
      4m 37s
    3. Making videos responsive by including FitVids
      8m 34s
  9. 7m 45s
    1. Making the sidebar responsive
      5m 10s
    2. Hiding sidebars on mobile
      2m 35s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Dealing with footer widgets
      5m 11s
    2. Adding navigation links that return to the top of the page
      2m 17s
  11. 12m 54s
    1. Using FlexSlider to create a responsive slider
      6m 2s
    2. Creating a loop to show sticky posts in a featured slider
      6m 52s
  12. 24m 37s
    1. What is jQuery Masonry?
      3m 41s
    2. Installing jQuery Masonry
      4m 45s
    3. Configuring the index page with Masonry
      7m 0s
    4. Using CSS to finalize the Masonry layout
      6m 17s
    5. Adding media queries to the Masonry index
      2m 54s
  13. 9m 11s
    1. Exploring hidden features of the Anaximander theme
      5m 51s
    2. Where to go from here
      3m 20s

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