Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Styling the Navigation panel, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
So our CSS is really coming along here. We have some good structure built and…our header has taken shape.…It's changed a little bit since you've last seen it and then I have this…vertical bar added here which I added with a border-left on the H1 tag and this…mailmark added in the upper-right by giving a background image to the page wrap, this graphic here.…So now it's time to dig into the Sidebar and specifically the navigation.…Now, you can see we're looking at this page on the web that our navigation is way down here.…
Now, that's not where we want it of course. We want it to be up here.…We want our whole Sidebar over here on the left block, and the main content here…in a bigger area on the right.…We can accomplish that layout pretty easily just using float left and float…right on those two things.…Our sidebar is called an aside.…We'll make it float left and we'll give it a width of 275 pixels.…Now, our main content is float right, and we'll give it a width of 500 pixels.…
So if we save that and go back out to the web it's going to look broken, fair warning.…
- 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.