Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Goodbye, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
So we've come a long way, folks.…we went from complete scratch to a finished working WordPress theme.…So if you have access to the exercise files for this theme, you're going to…get this theme and the blank theme and the base HTML and CSS template and the Photoshop file.…Feel free to do whatever you would like with any of those files.…If they're going to help you, if you can recycle and use some of that in your…own project, definitely go ahead and do that.…If you have any questions about using those files, go check out the video…"Using the Exercise Files."…Now, just because you watched this whole series on building a WordPress…theme, it doesn't mean you're not going to have any more questions. I'm sure that you will.…
And I want to cover a few resources that you can go to with those questions.…I think the number one place is wordpress.org itself.…It has this thing called the Codex, their documentation for WordPress, and there…is just lots of information in here.…Every single WordPress function is documented.…
- 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.