Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing plug-ins, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
I would like to talk a little bit about WordPress plugins.…You might have heard of this WordPress plugin thing.…These are files that you can add to your WordPress site that extend the…functionality of WordPress in some way.…It might add forms to your site, or change it graphically a little bit, or…just make WordPress do something that it can't normally do out of the box, as they say.…So if you want to go browse around and check out available plugins, you can go…to WordPress.org and go under the Extend tab, into Plugins, and you'll be in…the Plugin Directory.…
And you can see there is over 10,000 plugins here.…They've been downloaded like 110 million times.…It's pretty crazy, but plugins are very popular and they can do some really…cool stuff to extend WordPress.…You can check out the most popular ones, having to do with spam blocking and SEO…and adding forms and things like that.…So how do you download and install and use a plugin?…That's what we're going to take a look at.…It's actually really easy. You can do it from the dashboard of your site.…
- 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.