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The different faces of WordPress on mobile


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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Video: The different faces of WordPress on mobile

With WordPress, you basically have three main routes you can choose to follow: use a responsive theme, use a theme switcher that serves up different themes depending on the device used, or use a plug-in that serves up a custom experience for mobile users. In this course will be looking at using a responsive theme, and through the course, I'll teach you how to build not responsive theme. If you ask me, using a responsive theme is the best solution to deal with the mobile issue. If you don't want to use a responsive theme, the second-best option is to use a mobile theme switcher plug-in and have a custom mobile theme that you can use instead.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course WordPress: Building Responsive Themes
2h 55m Intermediate Aug 17, 2012

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The many ways visitors access web sites, via mobile devices, tablets, and desktops, now requires sites to incorporate responsive design elements that adapt to different screen sizes and browsers. In this course, Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates design strategies, best practices, and actual code examples for creating a responsive web site. The course covers layout, navigation, responsive video embedding, and content sliders. The final chapter shows how to create an index page with jQuery Masonry, a jQuery plugin that helps you create dynamic grid layouts.

Topics include:
  • What is responsive design?
  • Installing the Anaximander example theme
  • Deciding what screen sizes to target
  • Designing menus
  • Adding responsive images and video
  • Using CSS media queries to apply different styles
  • Handling sidebars on mobile displays
  • Dealing with footer widgets
  • Installing jQuery Masonry
Subject:
Web
Software:
WordPress
Author:
Morten Rand-Hendriksen

The different faces of WordPress on mobile

With WordPress, you basically have three main routes you can choose to follow: use a responsive theme, use a theme switcher that serves up different themes depending on the device used, or use a plug-in that serves up a custom experience for mobile users. In this course will be looking at using a responsive theme, and through the course, I'll teach you how to build not responsive theme. If you ask me, using a responsive theme is the best solution to deal with the mobile issue. If you don't want to use a responsive theme, the second-best option is to use a mobile theme switcher plug-in and have a custom mobile theme that you can use instead.

What you see here on the desktop screen is a site I built for a company called Better Outcomes Consulting in Vancouver. On the Desktop it looks like a phone, but if you look at it on a cell phone, you only see the middle part, so it looks like an application instead. What you're seeing here is the result of using a theme switcher plug-in. So when you on a desktop you get one theme, and when you're on a cell phone you get a different theme. The last option you have is to use a mobile plug-in. The most popular mobile plug-in is one called WPtouch.

It gives you a customized mobile experience when you use mobile devices. The problem with this approach is that this mobile experience looks nothing like your main web site. You can customize it a bit to make it look more like your custom web site, but the mobile experience will always be a custom mobile experience. Deciding if you want a responsive theme, if you want a custom theme for mobile devices, or if you want to use a mobile plug-in is the first step on your path to creating a mobile-ready WordPress web site.

In this course, we will focus on creating responsive themes. If you're looking for a plug-and-play solution, check out the WordPress mobile solution's course right here in the lynda.com online training library.

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