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Adding editor styles to match front-end styles

From: WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores

Video: Adding editor styles to match front-end styles

If you've been following this course from the It's a cascading style sheets file.

Adding editor styles to match front-end styles

If you've been following this course from the top and you've walked with me through each of the lessons, you will now have a fully built out, custom WordPress theme, built from scratch. Your theme is responsive. It handles all the different types of content you can add into WordPress posts and pages. And it has fallbacks for typical scenarios like a 404 page, or a search that's broken. Now that the front end of your theme is complete there is one more step I want you to take. And that is adding styling to the post editor.

And I'll show you why. When I look at the markup html tags and formatting posts, I can see all the formatting that I applied to my theme. And it looks great. Everything looks exactly as I designed it. The typography's easy to read, and everything is fine. However, if I open the editor for this post, in a separate tab, and look at the content, you'll see the content looks completely different. That's because the content in the editor is currently using the default styling from the WordPress editor. And the editor knows nothing about our theme.

So that means when you insert content in here, you don't actually know what it's going to look like and the only way you can find out is by previewing the post, and that is, quite frankly, unacceptable. If you change the look of the content on the front end, you should be able to see what you're doing when you edit the content on the back end. So your block quotes should look the same in the editor as they do on the front end. Your headings should look the same, your links should look the same, and so on. So the last step in our theme development process, we're going to add editor styles to our theme to match back end, to the front end.

And this has to be done in steps. First I'm going to create a custom style sheet just for the editor. And I'll place that style sheet in the include folder, just so it's out of the way. So here I'll create a new file. It's a cascading style sheets file. And I'm going to call it, editor style. Now I'm going to clear the style sheet and here I have to insert all of the styles for all the typography that I added to my style sheet. However, I have to slightly change my selectors because we're now working with a completely different mark up than we did before.

To help you in doing this both for this theme and for future themes, I've created a full template for you that you can use. So here, if you simply copy out the code snippets for this movie, and copy out all the css, and paste it in, you get the full setup for the entire page. And here you see we start out by defining the html for the body that has the editor as 700 pixels wide. Then we set the color for all the font, including the default font family, and then we basically apply all the same styles that we created for the front end, into the back end.

But the markup is slightly simplified, so if you take this and you compare it to styles.css, you'll see that for the most part it's all the same. Now I'm going to save editorstyle.css, and then I have to tell WordPress that this file is available to use. Here I have to go into functions.php a final time, and add in my editor styles. So here I'm going to scroll down until I get to, my simone setup, and here at the very top I'm going to add in my last code snippet.

So it's this snippet here, I'll copy that out, and paste it in. And what we're doing here is first, we're defining a variable called font_url. And this variable points to our two fonts. So here we have Lato, and also, PT Serif. So this is the same url we used previously to on que into our site. Then, we're calling this function, add_editor_style. And we're saying, we want to add the editor style found under the include folder, called editorstyle.css. And then, we want to queue up the font url that you see up here.

So now, when I save function style php, and I've created editor style, I can go back to my editor and reload my post. And all of the sudden my post in the editor is now styled to match my post in the live view. So now, when you create new content within the editor, everything you see within the editor will match what you see on the front end. And you have a completely transparent theme experience. So when your done building your theme and your done with all your styles, make sure you create an editorstyle.css file, and queue it up in functions.php along with any custom fonts you have.

So that the editing experience matches the front end experience.

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  1. 10m 55s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. What to know before you start this course
      2m 40s
    3. How this course and the lesson files work
      3m 12s
    4. Introducing Simone: A preview of the final project
      3m 59s
  2. 21m 28s
    1. Installing and running WordPress on your computer
      3m 53s
    2. Getting and installing Underscores
      4m 11s
    3. Installing WordPress Theme Unit Test data
      4m 18s
    4. Installing the Developer plugin
      2m 58s
    5. Installing and setting up NetBeans or another IDE
      6m 8s
  3. 16m 15s
    1. Designing for mobile, content, and style
      4m 52s
    2. How do WordPress themes work?
      4m 48s
    3. Understanding the WordPress template hierarchy
      2m 19s
    4. Underscores: An overview
      4m 16s
  4. 37m 5s
    1. Setting up style.css
      4m 47s
    2. Configuring baseline settings and functions
      6m 6s
    3. Enabling custom fonts and font icons
      5m 44s
    4. Applying global styles
      5m 11s
    5. Styling basic layout components
      6m 19s
    6. Making the site layout responsive
      8m 58s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Styling the default header
      6m 25s
    2. Hiding the site title and tagline
      5m 32s
    3. Adding an optional header image function
      5m 23s
    4. Placing the header image behind the site title
      5m 58s
  6. 40m 55s
    1. Setting up menus
      3m 12s
    2. Styling the menu
      7m 42s
    3. Using Superfish for accessible menus
      8m 0s
    4. Making the menu responsive
      7m 3s
    5. Creating a custom social media menu
      5m 51s
    6. Styling the menu with icons from Font Awesome
      9m 7s
  7. 18m 9s
    1. Adding the search form
      6m 27s
    2. Adding the search icon
      6m 55s
    3. Adding show/hide functionality to the search form with jQuery
      4m 47s
  8. 33m 20s
    1. Adding a widgetized area to the footer
      7m 10s
    2. Using the Monster widget plugin to test all widgets
      2m 11s
    3. Styling the footer
      3m 6s
    4. General widget styling
      5m 33s
    5. Adding custom styles to specific widgets
      7m 34s
    6. Using Masonry to make footer widgets responsive
      7m 46s
  9. 54m 49s
    1. Changing the Single Post Template content structure
      5m 54s
    2. Changing the output of meta elements
      7m 2s
    3. Styling the Single Post Template
      7m 57s
    4. Making post meta responsive
      6m 21s
    5. Styling blockquotes
      5m 39s
    6. Creating pull quotes and pull images
      5m 1s
    7. Working with image captions
      4m 27s
    8. Working with image galleries
      4m 57s
    9. Single-post navigation
      7m 31s
  10. 30m 23s
    1. Working with the comments template
      8m 42s
    2. Using Gravatars in comments
      2m 42s
    3. Styling comments
      7m 26s
    4. Highlighting post author comments
      3m 36s
    5. Styling the comment form and messages
      7m 57s
  11. 18m 43s
    1. How do featured images (post thumbnails) work?
      2m 57s
    2. Defining featured image sizes
      3m 30s
    3. Generating new featured images with a plugin
      1m 46s
    4. Adding featured images to a template
      5m 7s
    5. Styling the featured image
      5m 23s
  12. 1h 2m
    1. The index template hierarchy
      2m 21s
    2. Customizing and styling index templates
      10m 10s
    3. Displaying excerpts or full content on index pages
      3m 6s
    4. Adding a custom Read More link
      3m 48s
    5. Adding featured images
      4m 0s
    6. Creating custom pagination navigation
      6m 4s
    7. Highlighting Sticky Posts
      2m 55s
    8. Creating custom post format templates
      5m 30s
    9. Highlighting the most recent post in the index template
      7m 22s
    10. Embracing modular design
      2m 29s
    11. Working with archive.php
      5m 54s
    12. Customizing the search results and the 404 template
      8m 28s
  13. 9m 7s
    1. Styling pages
      3m 4s
    2. Creating custom page templates
      6m 3s
  14. 4m 30s
    1. Adding editor styles to match front-end styles
      4m 30s
  15. 2m 20s
    1. Further learning
      2m 20s

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