Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating the blog home page, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
Time for us to start working on the blog section of our site.…So what we are looking at here is the static HTML and CSS template version of…our blog home page and this is our actual WordPress site and what we have for…the blog homepage right now.…Clearly not quite what we are looking for it yet.…So to do this we are going to create a new template in our theme that's sole job…is for the blog homepage.…So let me open up our project here in TextMate.…We have our static HTML in the left and our WordPress theme on our right.…
We are going to be making a new type of page just for this blog home.…So let me go ahead and do that and make a new file.…Let me call it page-bloghome.php and much like we have been doing with other pages, …give it this first few lines which tells WordPress that it is indeed a…special type of page template.…I am going to call it Blog Homepage and save it.…Now the HTML that we are going to be kind of copying from is over here in our…static HTML and CSS template, the bloghome.html file.…
- Building a design in Photoshop
- Converting Photoshop design to HTML and CSS
- Setting up MAMP on Mac and WAMP on Windows
- Moving HTML and CSS into a WordPress theme
- Building navigation
- Using custom fields
- Creating a commenting system
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: What prerequisite skill do I need to be successful in this course?
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Q: The index.php file that the author is working with in Chapter 3 doesn't match mine after the "Building a sidebar" movie. It appears to change between the "Building a sidebar" and "Building the navigation" movies. What code am I missing?<br />
A: The author makes some changes off screen between several movies in this title, simply because there is so much material to cover. These changes are provided in the exercise files.<br /> <br /> However, if you are following along without the exercise files, you catch up to him by adding the following code to your index.php file, directly after the <span style="font-family: Courier;"><?php get_header(); ?></span> line:<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Courier;"><div id="main-content"></span><br /> <div><br /> Near the end of the file, just before <span style="font-family: Courier;"><?php get_sidebar(); ?></span>, add a closing div tag, <span style="font-family: Courier;"></div></span>, to complete the div wrapper.</div> <br /> The resulting code will look like so. You may also copy and paste this into a new file and save it as index.php.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: Courier;"><?php get_header(); ?><br /> <br /> <div id='main-content'><br /> <br /> <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?><br /> <br /> <div <?php post_class() ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>"><br /> <br /> <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2><br /> <br /> <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/inc/meta.php' ); ?><br /> <br /> <div class="entry"><br /> <?php the_content(); ?><br /> </div><br /> <br /> <div class="postmetadata"><br /> <?php the_tags('Tags: ', ', ', '<br />'); ?><br /> Posted in <?php the_category(', ') ?> | <br /> <?php comments_popup_link('No Comments »', '1 Comment »', '% Comments »'); ?><br /> </div><br /> <br /> </div><br /> <br /> <?php endwhile; ?><br /> <br /> <?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/inc/nav.php' ); ?><br /> <br /> <?php else : ?><br /> <br /> <h2>Not Found</h2><br /> <br /> <?php endif; ?><br /> <br /> </div><br /> <br /> <?php get_sidebar(); ?><br /> <br /> <?php get_footer(); ?></span><br />
Q: How do I load my custom theme once I have finished?
A: Copy the Custom theme folder to your new WordPress installation and put it in wp-content > themes. Then you can activate the new theme and work with it from there.