Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Modifying important settings, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
So we have an absolutely fresh install of WordPress that we're looking at here.…We are looking at the front end of our site with the default theme 2010 that…comes with WordPress 3.…I want to take this opportunity…while the install is fresh to go through different WordPress settings.…So to get back to the Dashboard, if you're looking at the front end of your site,…my favorite way is, since we installed the WordPress at the root here,…just to go to wp-admin.…It's going to take your right to your dashboard if you are logged in.…If you are not logged in, it'll take you to the login screen.…
You can enter your username and password, and you'll come right to the Dashboard here.…So, what I am going to be doing is go through the settings.…So there is this little arrow here. You can pop down the settings.…We're going to go through each panel here.…But in the General Settings, you can name your site.…So let's try changing that just for fun.…Now what I'm going to do here is I'm going to Command+Click the title of our 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?
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.