WordPress Themes 101 - PSUWeb13 Workshop

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Explains the basics of creating a new WordPress theme; outlining some useful functions, explains some usage in OOP PHP, briefly describes the WordPress themes API.

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WordPress Themes 101 - PSUWeb13 Workshop

  1. 1. FRAMEWORKS, PARENTS & CHILDREN• Parent Theme• A base theme that sets up functionality• Can be extended• Must be written to allow overrides• Child Theme• Extends a parent theme• Can carry over or override elements from parent• Cannot be extended without plugins• Framework• Not a full theme; more of a plugin for a theme• Allows creation of parent and child themes with shared functionalityhttp://justintadlock.com/archives/2010/08/16/frameworks-parent-child-and-grandchild-themes
  2. 2. EXAMPLESHybrid Core is a framework. - http://themehybrid.com/hybrid-core• No theme structure• Full package goes inside parent themeGenesis “Framework” is a parent theme -http://www.studiopress.com/features• Has a theme structure• Can be used on its own• Does not go inside of another themeTwentyTwelve is a parent theme -http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/twentytwelve• Although it has less of a framework built in, same concept as Genesis“Education” is a child theme - http://my.studiopress.com/themes/education/• Cannot be used without Genesis (parent theme) installed
  3. 3. REQUIRED FILESCSS Stylesheet (style.css)*• Implements the CSS for the theme• Not included by default• enqueue it in functions.php or• use <link href=“<?php bloginfo( „stylesheet_uri‟ ) ?>”/> in <head>• Provides base information about the theme• Theme name, URI, version, license, etc.(http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Theme_Stylesheet)Index (index.php)• Implements the structure of the theme• Can be split out into multiple files• Acts as fallback for all pages*** - style.css is the only file required in a child theme; all others fallback to parent theme** - the Template Hierarchy governs which files are used for each page; index is the final fallback
  4. 4. TYPICAL THEME FILESTheme Functions (functions.php)• Central location for function, variable, constant defintions used in theme• Included automatically by theme engine before after_setup_theme actionDefault Sidebar (sidebar.php)• Outputs default sidebar (get_sidebar())Default WordPress Loop (loop.php)• Not included automatically by theme• Used to separate “the loop”*** from other structureComments Template (comments.php)• List of comments and comment form; use comments_template() to includeSearch (search.php)• Search results template; automatically used on search results page
  5. 5. MOAR THEME FILESAutomatic Template Files (page.php, 404.php, single.php)• Used automatically based on type of page being shown;• Overrides index.php (see the Template Hierarchy)Miscellaneous Files (sidebar-[slug].php, etc.)• Include with the get_template_part( „sidebar‟, „[slug]‟ ) function• Sidebar, header and footer files can be included with:• get_sidebar( ‘[slug]’ )• get_header( ‘[slug]’ )• get_footer( ‘[slug]’ )Header and Footer (header.php, footer.php)• Not included automatically• Call with get_header() & get_footer()
  6. 6. THE WORDPRESS TEMPLATE HIERARCHYWordPress automatically searches for appropriate theme template file
  7. 7. WHAT IS “THE LOOP”?The Loop outputs the main content area• Loops through all matching content objectsif ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();// Output all of your contentendwhile; endif;have_posts() and the_post()• Global methods of main query object ($wp_query)• have_posts() generates array of “post” objects• the_post() sets global variables related to current post object
  8. 8. OTHER “LOOP” FUNCTIONSInside the loop, various functions are available• the_title() – echoes the title of the current post• the_content() – echoes the body of the current post• the_post_thumbnail() – echoes the “featured image” for current post
  9. 9. MOAR LOOP TIPSIf you need to use the same query loop more than once:• Use rewind_posts() to reset the loop to be used againYou can start your own loop with a custom query:$myquery = new WP_Query( ‘[query parameters go here]’ );if ( $myquery->have_posts() ) : while ( $myquery->have_posts() ) : $myquery->the_post();// Your custom loop stuff hereendwhile; endif;• Don’t alter the global $wp_query or use query_posts() unless you knowwhat you’re doing• Use get_posts() or create your own loop, instead
  10. 10. USING CONDITIONAL FUNCTIONSIdentify where you are:• is_home() – on the default home page (or the “posts” page if set in Settings)• is_front_page() – on the static front page (set in Settings)• is_admin() / is_network_admin() – anywhere in the admin area (not on the loginpage)• is_single() / is_page() / is_attachment() / is_singular( $post_type ) –singlecontent entry• is_post_type_archive() – a list of content entries from a specific content type• is_category() / is_tag() / is_tax() – a list of content entries with a specifictaxonomy• is_404() – a non-existent page• is_search() – showing the list of search results• is_feed() – is a structured feed (RSS, Atom, etc.)
  11. 11. TESTING CONDITIONSNot just where you are, but what features are available:• has_post_thumbnail() – whether or not the “featured image” is set• has_excerpt() – whether a manual excerpt is set for the content• is_active_sidebar() – whether a widgetized area (“sidebar”) has any widgets• has_nav_menu() – whether a custom menu location has a menu assigned• is_multisite() – whether the site is part of a multisite network• is_plugin_active() – whether a specific plugin is active on the site• wp_script_is() & wp_style_is() – whether a script/stylesheet has beenregistered, enqueued, printed, etc.
  12. 12. MAPPING IT OUT• Choose what to build• Full theme• Child theme – only requires style.css; all others are optional• Theme based on framework – requirements differ based on framework• Fulfill requirements• style.css• wp_head()• wp_footer()• http://j.mp/140mlRU• Install and test it• Don‟t be afraid to split things out; use get_template_part() to includeadditional theme pieces
  13. 13. STEP 1: DESIGN• Identify goals• Wireframe and design• Layout priorities• Final template design• Initial HTML layout
  14. 14. STEP 2: DIVIDE AND CONQUER• Identify layout elements• Identify content elements• Identify visual decoration• Determine common elements• Identify alternative layouts
  15. 15. STEP 3: DEVELOP• Begin developing basic layout• Separate layout elements fromcontent elements• Replace content elements withplaceholders• Create layout structure and style• Develop content containers(body, widgets, footer, header, etc.)• Develop custom functionality
  16. 16. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS?Twitter: @cgrymalaWebsite(s): http://umw.edu/ (Multi-Network Setup)http://ten-321.com/http://svn.ten-321.com/ (SVN Repo)http://wphighed.org/ (WP resources for Higher Ed)Email: cgrymala@umw.educurtiss@ten-321.comSpeakerRate: http://spkr8.com/s/10608http://about.me/cgrymala

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