Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Styling the home page, pt. 1, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes (2010).
So, we're ready to start styling the main-content area of our homepage.…Now, we're going to do a little bit of prep for this.…Because we're going to be styling this area of the homepage, it's likely that…the CSS that we're using to style this is unique to the homepage, in that the…CSS doesn't need to be loaded when we make these other pages.…It's kind of unique to the homepage.…So, I'm going to make a new CSS file in our CSS folder of our project that I…have open here in TextMate.…I'll call it home.css and then in our index file, I am going to load that up…with another style sheet and I'll just make a note here and a comment that says…only load on homepage, in case we choose to do that later.…
So now both of these CSS files will be affecting this page in the browser.…So, let's take a look at the Photoshop file and what we're trying to match.…I'll zoom in a little bit so you can see what's going on.…We have this paragraph here, and this blockquote here.…So, we're going to start with that.…I can notice a few things in the browser right away.…
- 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.