Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before starting this course, part of Customizing WordPress Themes: Simone.
Before you start watching this course, it's important that you have the key components in place, and that you have a basic understanding of how WordPress, and WordPress themes work. As you follow along in the course, you'll see me working on a demo site that I've hosted locally on my computer, that has some standard WordPress content. As you follow along, I want you to use your own content in your own WordPress site to work with, so you can see how the theme, Simone effects your own content when you want to publish it.
In particular, you need to have a set of posts on your site. Ideally with some featured images like what you see here. And you should also have a set of different types of posts. Some short ones, long ones, posts with different types of content in them, maybe some that have images within the posts, and some that only have featured images, and so on. If this is the first time you're working with WordPress, or you need a refresher on how this publishing application works, I also recommend you go check out the WordPress Essential Training Course, right here in the lynda.com library before continuing.
This course takes you through the entire process of setting up and configuring WordPress, publishing content and also reconfiguring the way the content is displayed throughout the site. In particular, the course covers how to install and activate themes and how to use the Theme Customizer and different theme customization options within the Admin panel. All of this was covered within the WordPress Essential Training course, and I will use these features in this course to change the appearance of the Simone theme.
So if you tried to follow along and you can't quite catch what I'm doing in this course, you should go check out WordPress Essential Training, to get the basics of how all of this fits together. To be able to follow along, you also need your own functioning self hosted version of WordPress, either running on a server somewhere on the web, or locally on your computer. If you don't have a WordPress site, we also have courses that will help you install WordPress in several different environments, right here in the library. If you want to install WordPress on a shared host, somewhere on the web that's going to be a public site that anyone can access, you can go and check out the Installing and Running WordPress: Shared Hosting course.
This course takes you through the process of setting up your hosting account, and then publishing a WordPress site on that hosting account. If on the other hand you want to test this theme in a local environment before you take the theme live to the web, you can also install WordPress locally on your own computer. And we have a whole series of courses that cover different types of options for doing this and also how to do it on different platforms, right inside the lynda.com library. In particular, if you're on a Mac and you want to install and run WordPress locally on a computer, you can check out Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP.
Likewise, if you're on a Windows computer and you want to run WordPress locally on your Windows computer, check out Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP. Both of these courses cover the exact same procedure just using two different applications that are customized for each of the two platforms. With a functioning WordPress site available for you to work with, and a clear understanding of how WordPress works and how to install and activate and customize new themes. We're ready to start working with Simone.
- Installing and activating Simone
- Customizing colors and the header
- Adding a custom social media menu
- Using pull quotes
- Using attachment pages
- Enabling and extending the author box