Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Styling the sidebar, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes.
Our structure is looking good, our header is looking good, and we just finished…with the navigation.…So let's finish off styling of our sidebar.…The last thing we have to do here are these little boxes over here, so if we…look in the Photoshop file, this is what we are trying to accomplish, and now if…we look in our index.html file, each of those boxes are within these divs here.…Div with a class of widget.…So that's what we are going to working with in our CSS.…
Now I'll scroll to the bottom here, just after the navigation, and anything with…a class of widget here is what we are going to be styling.…Now in our Photoshop file, the only image we are going to be need is this…gradient, little page curl thing here. That's this layer.…I can verify that by turning at on and off, this layer here, Sidebar Box.…So I am going to option click on the eyeball, and get just it activated.…
Then in the Image I am going to Trim and give rid of all Transparent Pixels, so we have just it.…I am going to Save for Web & Devices and call this image Widget Shadow and save it into our Images folder.…
- 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.