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Introducing Simone: A preview of the final project

From: WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores

Video: Introducing Simone: A preview of the final project

Before we start let me give you a Simone is a fully responsive standard WordPress theme that Below the header, we have two menus.

Introducing Simone: A preview of the final project

Before we start let me give you a preview of the completed theme we'll be working towards. I've named it Simone after the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. And the full version of this theme will be available on the Word Press theme directory and on GitHub by the time this course comes out. I designed and built Simone to meet current standards and forward thinking ideas. As we progress through the course, I'll explain these different elements in more detail but here's a quick overview. Simone is a fully responsive standard WordPress theme that will work on any WordPress site out of the box.

You don't need to do any customization to make the theme look the way it does right now. At the top, we have a custom header that displays the site title and tagline. In the header, we can swap between this colored background, or we can go to the customizer and activate an image as a background. Below the header, we have two menus. We have a standard WordPress menu. That is fully accessible through keyboards and has multiple levels of drop downs. The menu also has page highlighting, so if you go and visit a single page, you will see where you are currently in the menu.

And it also has a drop down level highlighting for those pages. We have a custom social menu that leads to different social networks, and a custom search bar that opens when you click on the search link. On the front page we displayed a first post and with a full frame featured image, and then the entire post. And then, for the remaining post, we displayed them in a truncated format. With the title, the meta content, and an expert with a continued reading button. Scrolling down the page we have custom page navigation. So it's easy to navigate between different sections of your site.

On the right hand side, we have a custom sidebar with a fixed width. With custom styling for recent posts, recent comments, archives and also the RSS feed. The sidebar is fully responsive and will gracefully fall in under the main content when there's no room for it. So when I scroll down, you'll see the sidebar appears. At the bottom of the site we also have an optional widgetized area that displays sidebar widgets if we want to. And these widgets are controlled with masonry layouts so that they fill out the space nicely.

And all the way at the bottom we have the standard WordPress footer content. For single pages, we have a slightly different lay out and design that displays the meta content on the left hand side in a responsive way. We can also break out block quotes and images to float out of the main frame and we have custom pulse navigation and custom commenting. For pages, we have two page templates. We have the regular page template which looks like the regular posts. We have a sidebar on the right and the content on the left.

And we also have a custom page template that displays the content without a sidebar. To top everything off, we have a custom search templet that displays search results in an understandable way. And also, gives tips if you make searches that return nothing. And we have a custom templet to handle 404 pages. And to wrap things up, on the back end, we've taken the extra step to add in Editor Styles. So that when you write content inside the Editor, the content matches what it will look like on the front end.

In creating this course I decided I wanted you to be able to create a fully functional theme you can use on your own site. Or build out further when you're done with this course. This course is comprehensive and there's a reason for it. When you finish this course you should have a full understanding of how you can use the underscore's starter theme. To build any theme you want based on your own designs. And by the end of the course, you will have actually built out the exact theme you're looking at here. So now that you know what you'll be working towards, let's get started.

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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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