In this video, learn how to create a local environment to safely experiment with code.
- When you're installing plug-ins and themes … you can usually do that on your main website … or on a test website and then move those files … to your live site. … But when you're writing code … it saves you a ton of time having a … local development environment. … A local development environment is when you … turn your computer into a mini web server … that can render and view WordPress pages. … There are a ton of good reasons to do this … but the biggest one is saving time. … If you're using your live site or a test site … you have to edit files, save them, … upload them to the server, and then wait for them … to finish uploading, and then finally … load the page to make sure everything works right. … With a local environment, you skip the step of … uploading and waiting for the upload to complete. … Since it will only take you a few minutes … to set up your local development environment, … and you'll save much more time than that, … I strongly recommend setting up this environment …
- Setting up your development environment and editor
- Picking a parent theme
- Creating a child theme
- Including style sheets
- Creating and modifying styles
- Modifying functions
- Hooking functions
- Creating and modifying template files
- Adding menus and functionality
- Migrating theme files to a live WordPress site
Skill Level Intermediate
Using the exercise files1m 13s
1. Building on a Solid Foundation
2. Creating a Child Theme
3. Child Themes and CSS
4. Working with Function Files
5. Working with Template Files
6. Add New Functionality
7. Wrapping Up
Next steps1m 4s
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