Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Implementing comments, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
The commenting system in WordPress is really quite nice.…We're going to be looking at enabling comments for our individual blog post…articles in our theme.…So we just looked at styling an individual article for our theme, but at the…bottom of it the article just ends.…So that's where we're going to want to enable our comments and get that system going.…I have our theme open here as a TextMate project. In the single.php file is the…theme file that controls what this page looks like.…
You can see on this line here that the comments_template is commented out.…That's what these two slashes are here.…So if I just remove that from here and save it and reload this page, that's…instantly going to enable the commenting functionality of our site.…So all the sudden there is this Leave Reply thing.…So that's what the comment form looks like.…It asks for your name.…It asks for your email.…It asks for your website.…You can type a comment in the box and Submit Comment to show a comment.…This also would have shown comments that have already been posted on this…
- 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.