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How to build a WordPress theme out of HTML5 template, integrate dynamic components such as menus, sidebars and comment areas and use widget blocks for static sliced content....

How to build a WordPress theme out of HTML5 template, integrate dynamic components such as menus, sidebars and comment areas and use widget blocks for static sliced content.
at Telerik Academy, 19 Jun 2012

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    • WordPress Build a WordPress theme from HTML5 templateMario PeshevCTO @ DevrixTMS @ OnTheGo
    • About me ThemeForest author Open Source trainer and consultant at DevriX Technical Marketing Specialist at OnTheGoSystems Building custom themes, plugins, extending premium solutions based on the WP platform; WPTRT member Java/PHP/Python background 2
    • OnTheGoSystems 3
    • WordPress Super mega powerful!  (surprise, surprise)  Over 70 000 000 websites online Tens of thousands of themes and plugins (both free and premium) Ready foreCommerce, Groupon, Q&A, forum, social network, ticketing system and more 4
    • Integrating HTML5template into a WP theme
    • Start We want to integrate our HTML sliced design into WordPress The end results are:  Same look and feel (design)  Dynamic functionality  Working menus, areas, blocks, comments and other CMS-related elements 6
    • Warning! 7
    • Super important A PSD is not:  A brochure  A calendar  A wallpaper / magazine cover / whatever Site design should work with:  Different content (thousands of pages)  Different resolutions/browsers/operating systems/platforms 8
    • CMS integration Every CMS has it’sown specifics and expectations in terms of markup It’s best to know the system in depth in order to draw the appropriate design and slice it properly 9
    • WordPressLet’s integrate!
    • Our target Some random free HTML5 template 11
    • Step 0 Make sure that:  Code is valid and understandable  Code is reusable  Template markup seems WP-compatible Note: some super basic PHP knowledge is required 12
    • Step 1 Download the HTML template Browse all required resources:  HTML  CSS  JS  Flash  Fonts 13
    • Step 2 Setup development environment – XAMPP, LAMP/WAMP/MAMP Create a database for the new install Install WordPress (hint: famous 5-min install or my video) Create a new folder in wp-content/themes 14
    • Step 3 Add the required files there:  style.css  index.php These are the two mandatory files for a WordPress theme 15
    • Step 4 Add an appropriate heading to style.css: 16
    • Step 5 Migrate your template CSS to style.css If there are more than 1 stylesheet files, there are 2 options:  Include them in header with normal <style> tag  Use wp_enqueue_style in functions file 17
    • Step 6 Add header.php, footer.php and sidebar.php Separate the common partsof the site and move them to header, footer or sidebar pages There are other template files as well 18
    • Step 7 Fix all static image paths in the style.css file Organize images in images/ folder 20
    • Step 8 Add the style.css file to the header of the site: Fill in the index.php code for all pages (everything left besides header/footer code 21
    • Step 9 Clear out all static page content from your markup (the demo texts – title and static content) Use this snippet instead: 22
    • Step 10 Use predefined tags, such as:  the_title()  the_content()  the_permalink()  They work in a loop  A single post view is like an array with 1 element 23
    • Step 11 Move index.php to home.php or front.php if you want a landing page Replicate index.php, but:  Add sidebar section  Correct small dynamic details such as dates  Use date(‘Y’), date(‘M’), date(‘d’) for y/m/d 24
    • Step 12 Define sidebar 25
    • Step 13 Add sidebar to a page 26
    • Step 14 Define menu Call it a few times or use register_nav_menus for several menus 27
    • Step 15 Add the menu to a block in the markup theme_location is sufficient 28
    • Step 16 Call comment_form() or comments_template(…): 29
    • Step 17 Enjoy!  30
    • What’s next? Once you’re ready with the theme, you could:  Add some complex plugins for more functionality  Integrate some APIs to social networks or remote services  Work on the next theme of yours 31
    • Recommended Plugins Types and Views WPML WooCommerce BuddyPress S2Member Contact Form 7 / Gravity Forms Free and Paid 32
    • Want to be a WP theme ninja? Check out Theme Reviewers Team guides:  Theme Review  Theme Unit Test  WPTRT page  Theme-Check plugin Become a Pro and submit on ThemeForest and WPORG Get popular and we’ll provide a free WPML author license for you. 33
    • WordPress Questions?http://me.peshev.net/ http://html5course.telerik.com