Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting with a blank theme template, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
We're ready to start digging into really building our theme.…My favorite way to do that is to start with a blank theme.…So again we're looking at the 2010 theme that came with WordPress.…It's a nice-looking theme, but we've already created our Photoshop file.…We've created our CSS and HTML template.…We know what our site is going to look like and it's not like this.…So we're going to actually remove this theme entirely and replace it with a blank theme.…Blank themes are great, because it's not going to be us wrestling against…this existing theme.…
It's going to be starting with absolute and complete scratch and you'll see…what I mean in a minute.…If you don't have access to the exercise files, I've included the blank theme as…the free exercise file that you can download from the course page.…So this is the WordPress theme.…Now how do you install a WordPress theme?…Where do WordPress themes go?…Well, these are the files in the Applications folder in the MAMP folder in the htdocs folder.…Remember that's where we installed WordPress.…
- 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.