Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting with a base project, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes (2010).
With the design of our Homepage complete in Photoshop, we're ready to start…converting it into an actual website.…My workflow is generally to convert a design first into HTML and CSS rather than…go directly to the CMS.…There are a couple of reasons for this.…Number one, it keeps us focused on the task at hand.…Our primary task right now is to convert our design into the best possible…HTML and CSS as we can, and dealing with WordPress right now might become a distraction.…Number two, it keeps us CMS agnostic.…
So if sometime late in the process, unfortunately, if we were to switch away…from WordPress and use some other software, we'd still have this to come back to…and it's going to be a lot easier to convert HTML and CSS to a new software than…it would be to convert an existing theme into new software.…So to start all my projects, I have this folder setup called BASE and I am going…to go ahead and Option+Drag copy this to our desktop.…It's just a starter project for all the projects I do, and you can see what's…
- 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.