Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing assets and resources and creating a mood board, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes (2010).
It's time for us to dig into some real design work in Photoshop.…First, let's explore what Widget Corp. has provided to us as assets for this project.…If you have access to the exercise files, all these assets will be available in…this chapter 01_02 folder here in the Assets folder.…So they've given us a logo, they've given us some product images, and they've…given us some text files.…Let's go ahead and open up that logo by dragging it to Photoshop icon in our dock.…Now I say they gave this to us, but of course, Widget Corp.…
is a fictional client of ours and really this file came from iStockphoto.…So really cool looking logo though, isn't it?…One of their needs that we established earlier was that they wanted their…website to really be clear that they're widget making company,…no ambiguity about it.…And this widget logo really does that for us already. If we use this properly in…the design, there will be no doubt about that they're widget making company.…So through meeting with them and reading this text that they gave us and looking…
- 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.