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Creating your own layout (7 posts)

  1. KissMeGreenEyes
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I was wondering what scripts you would suggest I make myself familiar with if I want to try to design my own templates and layouts. I hired someone to do what I have up now (http://www.kissmegreeneyes2.com/blog) but I'm used to designing my own sites and frankly I can't afford to pay every time I want to make a change. I'm usually very good at teaching myself how to do things but I'm really at a loss as to where to get started. As I mentioned before, I've made my own pages before but I use FrontPage (I know... I took the easy way out) but now I'm wanting to learn the scripts so I can expand my capabilities. I'm pretty familiar with HTML and I've used some php but that's about it. I've never played around with style sheets, CGI, perl, or anything like that. I'm good at following directions and I catch on fast. Normally I can figure something out just by looking at it but with WP, it's different because it seems as though this file calls up another file and they're all nested and layered... Would all this make more sense if I read up on php and learned the basics of that before trying to jump directly into manipulating script in WP? Any tips, suggestions, or links would be helpful and I would appreciate it very much.

  2. James
    Happiness Engineer
    Posted 9 years ago #

  3. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    A good starting point would be the Codex:
    Blog Design and Layout. Read that and if you still have questions come back and ask.

    And I would also start with studying a little bit the CSS
    http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp - see the Learn CSS link on the top of the left menu.

  4. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Definitely read up on the CSS before the php would be my take. Once you get CSS positioning down its not difficult.

  5. Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I agree with Root. I don't know much PHP at all, and I think unless you are going to start writing your own functions, it's better to concentrate on the XTML, HTML and CSS right now, if it's designing you're interested in. Another place to lurk (and I'm gonna show my age here in a minute) is Usenet. Believe it or not, there are some helpful people found at:

    comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets

    and, once you've put something together, at:

    alt.html.critique

    HTH.

    Joni

  6. Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I agree with Root. I don't know much PHP at all, and I think unless you are going to start writing your own functions, it's better to concentrate on the XTML, HTML and CSS right now, if it's designing you're interested in. Another place to lurk (and I'm gonna show my age here in a minute) is Usenet. Believe it or not, there are some helpful people found at:

    comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets

    and, once you've put something together, at:

    alt.html.critique

    HTH.

    Joni

    P.S. For the unenlightened, you can access these newsgroups from within Outlook Express or even dejanews (now Google Groups). But nothing beats a good newsreader like Forte Agent.

  7. KissMeGreenEyes
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks so much. I didn't realize the codex was back up until after I posted this. I went there and did some reading and printed out some things to look over. I appreciate the feedback. I also found some things on HTML Dog Guides ( http://www.htmldog.com/guides/ ) if anyone else is interested. Thanks again!!

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