Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Finishing the home page, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
So our WordPress theme is almost done.…There is just one more thing that we need to wrap up, and that's the homepage.…That's what we're looking at now, and it looks just how we want it to look.…It's just these two Featured Widgets down here are just static content and…we want to replace that with dynamic content, now that the store has been fleshed out.…So I will open up our WordPress theme.…We have opened all of our WordPress theme files as a project in TextMate.…And the file that we have working, that's our homepage, is this home.php file.…
And you can see here is Featured Widgets and then there is an unordered list and…here is the two widgets that we have featured as list items, but you can see…that this content is just static.…It's not dynamic as we want it to be.…So what we're going to do is show one, the most recently published widget in…the Sprockets category, and the most recently published widget in the Sprunkler category.…That way it kind of changes a little bit.…If they publish a new sprocket, this is just going to swap out immediately with…
- 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?
<div>A: This course is set at the intermediate/advanced level. You’ll do best if you have a good knowledge of <a href="http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-training-tutorials/279-0.html">Photoshop</a>, plus a good grasp of <a href="http://www.lynda.com/PHP-training-tutorials/282-0.html">PHP</a>, <a href="http://www.lynda.com/HTML-training-tutorials/224-0.html">HTML</a>, and <a href="http://www.lynda.com/CSS-training-tutorials/447-0.html">CSS</a>.</div> <div><br /> </div>
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.