Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning the rest of the site, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
At this point, I've done a little playing around in Photoshop to finish up what…will be our final homepage design.…This file as you see it is available in the exercise files and if you don't…have access to those it's available as a free exercise file on the course page.…So you can see it's a little different than where we ended off.…There is an extra product down here and the sidebar has been fleshed out a…little bit with articles that come from an external source.…So this is going to be kind of a final design for our homepage.…
This is actually where we're going to stop with Photoshop.…Now, we could think about what's the blog going to look like, what are these…sub-pages going to look like, and we are going to need to think about those…things, but we have what we need to start moving into HTML and CSS and start…fleshing out a structure and getting that stuff ready and as we're doing that,…that might inform what the rest of those pages would look like.…If we need to come back to Photoshop, we can, but we have what we need to…
- 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.