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How this course and the lesson files work

From: WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores

Video: How this course and the lesson files work

Even though we're using the underscores theme as the basis for a custom These individual movie folders contain the theme as

How this course and the lesson files work

Even though we're using the underscores theme as the basis for a custom theme, the process of creating a new theme means writing a lot of code. To help you follow along and avoid having to write out every line of code while you watch I've created a series of lesson files for this course. To get these lesson files, you can go to the course page on lynda.com and download the free or premium exercise files. The free exercise files contains everything you need to follow this course.

Within the exercise files there are three folders. One called code snippets, which contains the code snippets, one called images, which contains a single image we'll be using later on in the course, and finally, a ZIP archive that contains the version of underscores that I used when I created this course. Later on in the course I'll explain how you can use either this zipped version of underscores, or create your own. The most important component of the exercise files is the code snippets folder. If you open the code snippets folder, you find a single index.html page.

And when you open this page in your browser, you'll see this page contains all the code snippets for the entre course. Here I've split each of the code snippets into the individual chapter and individual movie, so you can see both the movie number and the movie name. And you can navigate to any movie you like using this menu here at the top. When you navigate to a movie, you'll see the name of the movie again so you know where you are. And here I've split up all the code snippets into the individual files they'll be slotted into. So, as we progress through the course, I'll either write out the code by hand, or I'll copy the code from the code snippets file that you have right here and paste it in to different places within my theme.

As I do so, I'll explain to you how these pieces of code work and what they do. And that way, you can either use these pieces of code for your own theme, right now, as you're following along in the course, or when you're done following the course and you're building your own theme from scratch, you can come back to this code snippets file and grab the pieces of code that you'd like to use in your new theme and just slot them in. Because everything you find within this code snippets file will be something you can use for another theme later. If you're a premium subscriber to lynda.com, you have additional lesson files and they come in the form of a fourth folder called start points.

Within this folder, there's a folder for each chapter of the course, and within that folder there's a folder for each individual movie. These individual movie folders contain the theme as it was when I started recording that movie. That mean, if you're following along in this course and you're a premium subscriber and you want to jump right in at say Chapter Seven, Movie Number Three. All you have to do is copy out the code straight from this folder and place it into your theme folder and then you'll start at the exact same point that I'm starting at.

That also means. If you think you've made a mistake and you just still want to continue, you can always just install the theme for the next movie or if you make a mistake while you're working, you can always just revert back to the original state of the movie by simply resetting your files using these folders.

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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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