16. Footer

This lesson on the footer is simple. You’re going to add a DIV or invisible box under the Sidebar DIV and fill in some copyright text for the footer. Think you can do that without my instructions? Go ahead a try it. Come back to this lesson to double check. … Continue Reading →

15. Widgetizing Sidebar

A widget-ready sidebar or widgetized sidebar is almost a standard for themes catering the WordPress 2.0 and 2.1 series. But first, what is widgetizing? Widgetizing simply means getting the Sidebar ready for the Widget plugin; this plugin allows you to easily re-arrange features within the Sidebar. For example, instead of … Continue Reading →

14. Search Form and Calendar

Although the title is Search Form and Calendar, I’ll throw in the Meta block for today too. Let’s wrap up the regular Sidebar today and figure out how to widgetize your Sidebar by tomorrow okay? All right, let’s start… Step 1: Add search form Before I give you the codes … Continue Reading →

13. Get Archives and Links

Today’s lesson is fairly easy. You’ll learn how to call for an archive link listing and the blogroll links. Tomorrow’s lesson is the calendar and search form. Before we start, I want to explain why I’ve been breaking down my lessons into smaller lessons. Everything that you’re learning took self-taught people MONTHS … Continue Reading →

12. Page-Link Listing (wp_list_pages)

Now that you’re familiar with the structure of the Sidebar, we’ll continue working on the Sidebar with Page-link listing. After the regular Sidebar is complete. I’ll show you how to widgetize your Sidebar. Add the following codes on top of the Categories block: Save your file and refresh the browser. … Continue Reading →

11. Sidebar and Categories

Have you been looking forward to the Sidebar? At first glance, the Sidebar looks difficult, but it isn’t tricky at all. Once you get used to its structure, you’ll be able to code and style it very quickly.Before jumping on the Sidebar, here’s what your index.php file should look like. Don’t forget to … Continue Reading →

10. Posts Nav Link

At the bottom of most WordPress blogs, there’s a Next Page or Previous Page link. You call for those links by using the posts_nav_link() function of the WordPress template system. In this lesson, there’s only one step! Do I really have to tell you to open Xampp Control again, theme … Continue Reading →

09. Else, Post ID, Link Title

This lesson covers three extra options that you can add to each post. Else, post ID, and link title value. Although they’re optional, you can find all three of them within every one of my free themes because you never know what people will use your themes for. First, don’t … Continue Reading →

08. Post meta data

Today, we tackle the post metadata: date, categories,author, number of comments, and any miscellaneous information attached to each post. We’re at lesson 8 now so I assume you’re getting a grip of this. You’ll notice that my instructions will be grouped in bigger chunks (less steps). Before we begin, open … Continue Reading →

07. The Content

In this lesson, we’ll tackle what really matters. How do you get the content of your blog to show? Then, you’ll add some more invisible boxes or DIVs to separate the content from the post titles that we called for, yesterday. (Note: Yesterday’s lesson is very, very important. If you didn’t fully … Continue Reading →