Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a custom home page, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
So the structure of our website is looking good, our sidebar is looking good,…but one thing you will notice that is drastically different from what we're…looking at right here from what we ended up with, our Photoshop design and our…HTML and CSS template, is this main content area…doesn't look anything like our final design.…We just haven't got in there yet, but this is what we are going to be doing,…creating a custom homepage with our WordPress Theme.…Now WordPress actually makes it pretty easy to do. So, I am going to show you on…the right here we have open our TextMate project with all the files from a…WordPress theme, and on the left we have this TextMate project.…
That's where we left off with our static HTML and CSS templates.…So, what I can do to make a custom homepage-- You don't have to do anything fancy.…It's really easy.…I am going to make a new file by clicking on the folder at the top of the…sidebar and say New File. We're going to create a new file for our theme.…I'm going to call it home.php.…
- 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?
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?
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.
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 <?php get_header(); ?> line:
Near the end of the file, just before <?php get_sidebar(); ?>, add a closing div tag, </div>, to complete the div wrapper.
The resulting code will look like so. You may also copy and paste this into a new file and save it as index.php.
<?php get_header(); ?>
<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<div <?php post_class() ?> id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">
<h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
<?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/inc/meta.php' ); ?>
<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php the_tags('Tags: ', ', ', '<br />'); ?>
Posted in <?php the_category(', ') ?> |
<?php comments_popup_link('No Comments »', '1 Comment »', '% Comments »'); ?>
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/inc/nav.php' ); ?>
<?php else : ?>
<?php endif; ?>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>
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.