Join Chris Coyier for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of WordPress 3: Creating and Editing Custom Themes (2010).
If you are a premium member of the lynda.com Online Training Library or if…you're watching this tutorial on DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files…used throughout this site.…I have downloaded these exercise files.…I have them on my Desktop, and I have the folder open here.…There are a few things I want to go over with these exercise files.…Now in Chapter 1, movie 5 here, there is a Photoshop file Widget Corp Homepage.psd.…If I open up that, I have the finished Photoshop file that we ended up with in this course.…
You can do whatever you want with this.…If you want to use this as a starter template for your own project or tweak…things around to your visual liking. Just feel free to do whatever you'd like with that.…Now some of the aspects of that Photoshop file, the logo and some of the product…images, they've come from iStockphoto.…So we want to thank them for this image, which is our logo, and some…product images, and this.…So in Chapter 3, we start out creating the WordPress theme.…
- 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.