WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores
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with Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Video: Installing and running WordPress on your computer

The first step in building a new theme from scratch is setting up a development environment on your computer and the first step of that process is to install and run WordPress locally on your system. With WordPress running locally, you can work with the theme files directly on your computer and immediately see the changes you've made take effect on the site. You don't need to upload files to a server and then reload the server or do any of that work. Having a local install also means you don't need an Internet connection to be able to run tests on your work and that can always be a benefit.
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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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WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch With Underscores
6h 23m Advanced Jun 11, 2014

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Ready for your next WordPress challenge? Learn how to build more complex custom themes using the _s (aka Underscores) starter theme. Morten Rand-Hendriksen takes you from basic layout and customization to enabling advanced responsive design and accessibility features. He reinforces the basics lessons with DRY (don't repeat yourself) development practices and a structured approach that will help you build WordPress themes that meet modern standards. Plus, he'll explore core concepts like understanding the WordPress template hierarchy, creating functions, adding custom JavaScript, applying styles, and more.

Topics include:
  • Installing WordPress, Underscores, plugins, and NetBeans
  • Designing for mobile, content, and style
  • Setting up the basic theme
  • Building a custom header
  • Designing responsive, accessible menus
  • Adding a custom search form
  • Using and styling widgets
  • Adjusting the Single Post Template
  • Working with comments, featured images, index templates, and static pages
  • Adding editor styles to match front-end styles
Subject:
Web
Software:
WordPress underscores
Author:
Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Installing and running WordPress on your computer

The first step in building a new theme from scratch is setting up a development environment on your computer and the first step of that process is to install and run WordPress locally on your system. With WordPress running locally, you can work with the theme files directly on your computer and immediately see the changes you've made take effect on the site. You don't need to upload files to a server and then reload the server or do any of that work. Having a local install also means you don't need an Internet connection to be able to run tests on your work and that can always be a benefit.

And, as a bonus, you're the only one that can see what you're doing. No one else can access the content unless they have your computer. Depending on your chosen platform and how you want to work, there are many different methods for installing and running WordPress on your computer. To make the process of deciding on a method as simple as possible, we have a series of courses here in the lynda.com library called Installing and Running WordPress that takes you through the process with several different options. If you're on a Windows computer, my recommendation is to use WampServer and you can learn how to do that with the Installing and Running WordPress WAMP course.

If you're on a Mac, there's an equivalent to WAMP called MAMP and we also have a course covering that method called Installing and Running WordPress MAMP. Both WAMP and MAMP are full scale server environments you install on your computer. And then, once you've installed the environment, you need to set up a database, and install WordPress, and hook the database to WordPress. This is a bit more work, but in return, you have full control over the server environment, and it can do pretty much anything you want, including setting up multiple different WordPress sites and configuring the database in the way you want.

If you're looking for a simpler, one click solution, you can also check out Installing and Running WordPress: BitNami. BitNami is, like I said, a one click install that not only installs a server environment on your computer but also installs WordPress inside that server environment, sets up a database and makes sure everything works together. If you're looking for a simple way to get up and running quickly, BitNami may be the option for you. And if you're running into trouble with either WampServer, or MAMP, BitNami usually is able to work around those problems so that you get a server environment up and running.

Now these are only three options, and in the installing and running WordPress series we have several other courses and we're constantly expanding this series. So when you watch this course, you can also find other available options for you. And you can pick whichever one suits your needs the best. Throughout this course, I'll be running WordPress under Wamp on a Windows computer. But you can follow along with any of the other options on any platform you like. What matters here is WordPress itself, not the application used to run it.

Once you have WordPress installed on your computer, you need to set it up properly so that it works the way you want to. That means creating a user account for yourself with admin access, it mean adding things like the site title and tag line. And activating permalinks to get clean permalinks. You are almost ready to go. Now the WordPress is installed, you also need to know how to access WordPress's files on your computer. And depending on which solution you used to set up WordPress on your computer, the exact location of these files will differ.

To make it easy for myself, in Windows, I've created a library so that I can easily access these files. And if you're on Windows, I encourage you to do the same. Now that you have WordPress installed, and you know how to access the core files, we're ready to take the next step.

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