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- Understanding development environment requirements
- Working with existing WordPress content
- Handling standard pages
- Managing full posts
- Coding a basic template
- Adding a custom sidebar
- Working with WordPress functions
- Inserting PHP code in posts
- Including a recordset
- Outputting data
- Linking to dynamic pages
Skill Level Intermediate
If you're a Premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Naturally, the information in this course is ultimately intended to be applied to your own web pages; however, you may find it helpful to work with the supplied exercise files to practice the steps safely, and without creating your own examples. To begin using the files from the site, download them, extract them, and then store those files in a convenient location, such as your desktop. The Exercise Files folder is organized by chapter, and in every chapter it's broken down into the various videos that you'll see.
Within the video chapters, there are a series of files, typically assets like CSS style sheets, images, and source code files, as well as a practice file to work with. In most of the movie folders, you'll also find a final folder, and that contains the files showing the completed lesson, which you can open and explore at your leisure. Because we're working with WordPress, which stores much of its information in a database, it's best to follow the course chapter by chapter in order to have the most recent data.
However, if you would like to jump in at a certain point, I've provided an XML file for certain chapters, which you can use to bring the data into WordPress's database tables with the WordPress Import feature, found in the Dashboard, under the Tools category. You'll find the XML file in the jump-in folder. If you're a Monthly subscriber or Annual subscriber to lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can definitely follow along with your own assets.