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Basic Questions (5 posts)

  1. manoj6994
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello WP Users,

    Here is another thread to clear my basic doubts on themes.

    1. What are the best tools to develop WordPress themes?

    I use the following:
    Created Child theme
    Firebug
    Sublime text
    Demo data creator

    Any other tools/plugins you would recommend to me?

    2. How to edit template files the right way?

    I often get confused with the structure. Consider wp-adminbar, I can find it in firebug that it is placed after #page but i can't find it in template files.

    Can i edit the template files directly or should i have to use functions.php for that?

    Thanks :)

  2. 2. How to edit template files the right way?

    I'm not into developing themes as my lack of CSS knowledge is immense ;) but I suggest you get into the habit of editing files either off of your server using your favorite text editor or using a on server editor such as vi (or vim).

    The built in WordPress template editor is sparse and if you make a PHP error (easy to do) then you'll need to edit those files from outside the WordPress dashboard. Best IMHO to get used to that from the beginning.

    Just my 2 cents. ;)

  3. keesiemeijer
    moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    1- that seems like a good list of tools.
    here are some other tools that can help you develop:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/developer/
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Theme_Testing_Process

    2-I think the toolbar (admin bar) is displayed with the wp_footer action. You can turn the toolbar on or off for the front end of your site in wp-admin > Users > Your Profile.

    Also, try not to develop on a live site. http://codex.wordpress.org/Test_Driving_WordPress
    Mac
    Windows

  4. manoj6994
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks Jan :)

    I am developing on localhost. So i use Sublime text. Well i don't know about CSS too but Firebug makes me to learn it easily :D Any other suggestions WP Experts here? ;)

  5. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    You will likely need to know more CSS than just using Firebug can provide...this is a good reference site:

    http://www.w3schools.com/css/

    Also, be sure to validate your pages often -- as code errors can cause many problems and frustrations:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Validating_a_Website

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