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What to know before you start this course

From: WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores

Video: What to know before you start this course

This course is a top to bottom walk though of the process You also need to be proficient with managing a WordPress site.

What to know before you start this course

This course is a top to bottom walk though of the process of building a new custom WordPress theme using the underscores starter theme. To be able to follow along, you need to have a solid understanding of web design and development fundamentals including HTML, CSS, some PHP, and some JavaScript or jQuery. You also need to be proficient with managing a WordPress site. This means knowing how to set up and configure a site, install themes and plug-ins, access the front and back end, and edit core WordPress files.

If this is the first time you are doing web developments or if you are unfamiliar with WordPress and how it works or you just need a refresher, I urge you to check out some of the courses we have in the lynda.com library to get the foundational knowledge you need to follow this course. In particular, I recommend watching WordPress Essential Training, which will get you up to speed on how to use, install and implement WordPress in a proper way. So, if you're not familiar with WordPress or if you just need to brush up, I highly encourage you to watch WordPress Essential Training first, because I'll expect you to know how to use WordPress when we progress through this course.

You should also check out some of the HTML courses we have in the library. In particular, what I want you to check out anything that has to do with HTML5 because the theme that we are going to be working with will be using cutting edge HTML5 throughout. Proper, modern web standards require a bit of a different approach to the markup. And it's important that you have an understanding of this before we get started. You can also benefit from brushing up on CSS, and in particular, CSS Three and Responsive Web Design.

Because our theme will be fully responsive and I'll be using a lot of modern CSS to make things work the way they're supposed to. And finally, I'll be using a little bit of jQuery to add some interactive elements to the site. So having a bit of background understanding of jQuery will be a major benefit. In addition to this, you also need a foundational understanding of PHP. I say foundational because WordPress actually has kind of its own language. What I like to call the WordPress Templating Language and PHP is just the background language, but still, understanding how basic PHP works will be a benefit when watching this course.

So if you need to brush up or get acquainted with HTML, CSS, PHP JavaScript or WordPress itself go check out some of the suggested courses we have in the library and then come back. If you're all ready to go let's dive in.

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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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