Template Hierarchy

Did you know that WordPress really only needs a single PHP file in a theme No theme builder would choose that option because it would be both limiting and complicated to code, but because of a concept called template hierarchy, WordPress could, if need be, function with just an index.php file (along with a stylesheet). When WordPress goes looking for instructions on how to assemble a particular HTML page, it has several lists of template files to look for. If it doesn't find one, it looks for...

Glossary

Activate a plugin The next step after installing a plugin. WordPress displays a list of plugins you've installed, but you need to activate them before they function on your site. You can de-activate a plugin but that still leaves it installed. Administrator The highest level of WordPress users. Administrators have full access to all administrative functions, as opposed to, say, Editors, who cannot change the theme of a site or do anything with plugins. Attachment Any file that has been uploaded...

Replacing the Title Text

If your logo contains the title of your site, you'll want to get rid of the header text and description altogether. I'll do that now for the Island Travel site. As in the previous section, I'll create a transparent logo, this time with the company title and description in it, and I'll upload it to the images folder of the theme. I'll need exactly the same HTML code for the image, but this time, instead of putting it before the headerimg division, it will go inside headerimg and replace all of...

Editing Moving or Deleting Categories

On the right side of the Categories screen you see a list of all your categories in alphabetical order. If you have a lot of categories, remember that under Screen Options at the top, you can change how many are displayed at one time. If you have subcategories, they're displayed with a dash beside them and in alphabetical order underneath their parent category. If you have sub-subcategories, each level is represented with an additional dash. If you're doing customization work on your WordPress...

Using the Theme Editor

No matter which theme you have, WordPress makes it easy to alter the style sheet (and other files) using the Theme Editor. Go to Appearance C> Editor and, by default, you'll see your current theme's style sheet ready for editing. You're looking at the actual file on the server, so remember that when you save changes here, they're happening live on the site. How do you know which CSS rules are controlling your theme's title The simplest way to find out is to right mouse click and select View...

RSS Feeds

RSS stands for, at least according to some, really simple syndication. Some TV shows, newspaper columns, and radio shows are examples of syndicated content the producers send out their shows to companies that pay to show or publish the content. The beauty of RSS is that other people just click a button on your website and they are subscribed (through an RSS reader, for example) to your content. When you publish new content, it automatically shows up on their machine or on another website, which...

Word Press 24Hour Trainer

Chapter 1 Thinking Like Chapter 2 Planning Your Site for Part II Firing Up WordPress 15 Chapter 3 Installing Chapter 4 Admin Area Chapter 5 Basic Admin Part III Working with Written Content 39 Chapter 6 Adding a New Post Chapter 7 Working with the Text Chapter 8 Laying Out Chapter 9 Advanced Post Chapter 10 Adding a New Part IV Working with Media Content 81 Chapter 11 The Basics of Handling Media Files 83 Chapter 12 The Upload Insert Window Tabs 89 Chapter 13 Image Options in Chapter 14 Editing...