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WordPress: Building Themes from Scratch Using Underscores

Course Summary

Learn how to build a WordPress theme from scratch using the _s (aka Underscores) starter theme.     

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    Course Syllabus

       What to know before you start this course
       How this course and the lesson files work
       Introducing Simone: A preview of the final project
    1. Setting Up a WordPress Development Environment
       Installing and running WordPress on your computer
       Getting and installing Underscores
       Installing WordPress Theme Unit Test data
       Installing the Developer plugin
       Installing and setting up NetBeans or another IDE
    2. The Design-to-Development Process
       Designing for mobile, content, and style
       How do WordPress themes work?
       Understanding the WordPress template hierarchy
       Underscores: An overview
    3. Setting Up the Basic Theme
       Setting up style.css
       Configuring baseline settings and functions
       Enabling custom fonts and font icons
       Applying global styles
       Styling basic layout components
       Making the site layout responsive
    4. Building the Header
       Styling the default header
       Hiding the site title and tagline
       Adding an optional header image function
       Placing the header image behind the site title
    5. Working with Menus
       Setting up menus
       Styling the menu
       Using Superfish for accessible menus
       Making the menu responsive
       Creating a custom social media menu
       Styling the menu with icons from Font Awesome
    6. Adding a Custom Search Form
       Adding the search form
       Adding the search icon
       Adding show/hide functionality to the search form with jQuery
    7. Working with Widgetized Areas
       Adding a widgetized area to the footer
       Using the Monster widget plugin to test all widgets
       Styling the footer
       General widget styling
       Adding custom styles to specific widgets
       Using Masonry to make footer widgets responsive
    8. The Single Post Template
       Changing the Single Post Template content structure
       Changing the output of meta elements
       Styling the Single Post Template
       Making post meta responsive
       Styling blockquotes
       Creating pull quotes and pull images
       Working with image captions
       Working with image galleries
       Single-post navigation
    9. Working with Comments
       Working with the comments template
       Using Gravatars in comments
       Styling comments
       Highlighting post author comments
       Styling the comment form and messages
    10. Working with Featured Images
       How do featured images (post thumbnails) work?
       Defining featured image sizes
       Generating new featured images with a plugin
       Adding featured images to a template
       Styling the featured image
    11. Working with Index Templates
       The index template hierarchy
       Customizing and styling index templates
       Displaying excerpts or full content on index pages
       Adding a custom Read More link
       Adding featured images
       Creating custom pagination navigation
       Highlighting Sticky Posts
       Creating custom post format templates
       Highlighting the most recent post in the index template
       Embracing modular design
       Working with archive.php
       Customizing the search results and the 404 template
    12. Working with Static Pages
       Styling pages
       Creating custom page templates
    13. Back-End Customization
       Adding editor styles to match front-end styles
       Further learning

Course Fee:
USD 25

Course Type:


Course Status:



7 - 8 hours / week

This course is listed under Open Source , Development & Implementations and Project & Service Management Community

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