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What is Delibar

Delibar is a full featured Delicious and Pinboard Mac client Delibar focuses on giving Mac OS X users an easy and

Figure 3.27. delibarapp.com uses tabs to give the site's navigation a physical feel

The Loop

This is arguably the most vital piece of your entire WordPress theme. The Loop is the element that WordPress uses to display posts, whether on the home page, list pages, or single post pages. The Loop will generally include the title of the post, its content (or an excerpt of it), and some metadata such as tags, categories, the author name, and the date of the post.

Figure 3.28 shows the way The Loop is styled in WordPress 3.0's default theme, Twenty Ten. It's quite basic, but all the elements are there, so it's a good starting point for your design.

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

Figure 3.28. The Loop from the home page in the Twenty Ten theme

In a plain old vanilla theme, all posts in The Loop will look the same. But life isn't plain old vanilla, and nor does your WordPress Loop need to be. You can create custom designs for The Loop for various types of content; for example, one layout for a text post and another for a video post, or perhaps different styles for each category.

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When considering your own design for The Loop, return to your mission statement and decide what pieces of content are pertinent to your theme's success. If you're designing an image blog, you might opt to show a thumbnail and a title with a few tags. Alternatively, if you're designing The Loop for a theme comprising mainly text content, additional metadata such as the post's date, author, categories, and tags can be helpful for users seeking content relevant to their interests. The examples in Figure 3.29 through to Figure 3.30 show what you can do with The Loop.

Figure 3.29. The Loop with a post thumbnail

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