Rachel McCollin
Rachel McCollin is a WordPress developer who writes books, articles and tutorials about web design, with a focus on WordPress and on responsive and mobile development. She runs a web design agency in Birmingham, UK and has published three books on WordPress, including WordPress: Pushing the Limits, an advanced resource for WordPress developers.
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    Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML: The Footer FileCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    In this series, you've been learning how to create a WordPress theme form static HTML. Up to this point, you have: prepared your markup for WordPress converted your HTML to PHP and split your file into template files edited the stylesheet and uploaded your theme to WordPress added a loop to your index file added meta tags, the wp_head hook and the site title and description to your header file added a navigation menu added widget areas to the header and sidebar. Read More…
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    Creating a WordPress Theme from Static HTML - Adding WidgetsCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    In this series, you've learned how to convert a static HTML file to a WordPress theme and edit the header file. So far you've: prepared your markup for WordPress converted your HTML to PHP and split your file into template files edited the stylesheet and uploaded your theme to WordPress added a loop to your index file added meta tags, the wp_head hook and the site title and description to your header file added a navigation menu. Read More…
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    Creating a WordPress Theme from Static HTML: Adding NavigationCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    If you've been working through this series, you now have a working theme with template files which you've uploaded to WordPress. In this tutorial, you'll continue to work on the header.php file that you created in Part 2. You'll learn how to add a navigation menu which can be edited via the WordPress Menus admin screen. To do this you'll also need to create a new file for your theme: the functions file.Read More…
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    Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML: Setting Up the HeaderCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    So far in this series, you've learned how to create a basic theme from static HTML. You've done the following: Prepared your markup for WordPress Converted your HTML to PHP and split your file into template files Edited the stylesheet and uploaded your theme to WordPress Added a loop to your index file In this tutorial, you'll work on the header.php file that you created in Part 2.Read More…
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    Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML: Adding a LoopCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    In the first three parts of this series, you learned how to prepare static HTML for WordPress and to create a theme by splitting your HTML file into a set of template files and editing the stylesheet. You then uploaded your theme to WordPress and activated it. The theme still isn't displaying any content you add via the WordPress admin however; to do that you need to add a loop to your template files.Read More…
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    Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML: Uploading Your Theme to WordPressCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    In the first two parts of this series, you learned how to prepare static HTML for WordPress and to split your HTML file into a set of template files. You now have the beginnings of a theme, but unfortunately your files won't work as a theme just yet. For any theme to work, you need to tell WordPress about the theme, and you do this in the stylesheet. In this tutorial, you'll do that. Next, you'll upload your new theme to a WordPress installation and test it. Additionally, you'll create a screenshot of your theme so it's easier to work with in the WordPress admin.Read More…
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    Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML: Creating Template FilesCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    In the first part of this series, I showed you how to prepare your HTML and CSS files for WordPress, ensuring the structure would work, the code was valid and that the correct classes were being used. In this tutorial you'll learn how to take your index.html file and split it up into a set of template files for use by WordPress.Read More…
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    Creating a WordPress Theme From Static HTML: Preparing the MarkupCreating wordpress theme from html 400
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    Last year I did a small (and admittedly very un-scientific) survey among other WordPress developers. What I wanted to know was this: When they built their first WordPress theme, how did they do it? Did they hack an existing theme or did they start with their own static HTML and turn it into a theme? The majority of people I spoke to used the second approach - they were all experienced frontend developers who had built sites using HTML and CSS, and found it easiest to take their existing HTML files and convert them to a theme. Two of the people I spoke to were lecturers or teachers, and told me that this is the approach they use with students. So in this series I'm going to show you how to do just that.Read More…
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    Customizing the WordPress Admin - Adding StylingCustomize wordpress admin rachel 400
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    In the first five parts of this series, I showed you how to customize the WordPress admin in a variety of ways, including customizing the login screen, dashboard and post editing screen. In this tutorial you'll learn how to add some styling and branding to your admin screens. Specifically you'll learn how to: customize the admin screen footer and style it style admin menus style links and buttons Read More…
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    Customizing the WordPress Admin - Listings ScreensCustomize wordpress admin rachel 400
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    In Parts 1-4 of this series I showed you how to: Customize the WordPress login screen Customize the dashboard Customize the admin menu Add help text to post editing screens In this fifth instalment I'll show you how to customize listings screens in the admin.Read More…
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    Customizing the WordPress Admin: Help TextCustomize wordpress admin rachel 400
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    In Part 2 of this tutorial, I showed you how to add custom metaboxes to the WordPress dashboard, which you can use to provide help text for your clients or users. But what if you want to provide help text on individual editing screens? In this tutorial, I'll show you how to do just that.Read More…
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    Customizing the WordPress Admin: Custom Admin MenusCustomize wordpress admin rachel 400
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    In the first two parts of this series, I showed you how to customise the WordPress login screen and the dashboard. In this third part I'll show you how to customize the admin menus in WordPress.Read More…