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.css and .php Viewers (4 posts)

  1. ack754
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think I have the right forum.

    I know .css and .php about as much as I know brain surgery. Ya just gotta open them up!

    And, that's where I stop.

    I was taught to use Notepad when editing (or creating) with .css or .php.

    OK, so how do I view my masterpiece? Is there a 'Viewer' out there somewhere?

    I have played around in the style.css sheet (from a clean copy of a clean copy so I'll always have a good BU) doing minor changes to see what happens where.

    As soon as I see what I have done I undo what I did so the Theme will remain the same.

    But I'd like to be able to work around a bit, view it, work some more, save it, go back later... You get the picture.

    Any way to view it?

    Dale

    http://tatu54.com/wordpress/

  2. OK, so how do I view my masterpiece? Is there a 'Viewer' out there somewhere?

    Yes, it's called a web browser. ;-)

    The catch is that WordPress is database-driven, and puts together the pages on your site by connecting your theme files with stuff in the database (I'm simplifying greatly here, of course) so to view everything locally on your own machine - without having to upload it to your web server first - you need to actually set up a web server and database on your own computer. Otherwise, you'll need to FTP your CSS & PHP files to the server and then view the site in a browser.

    Setting up a local web server varies depending what you're running (PC, Mac, etc.). If you're interested in setting that up, let us know what kind of system you're running and we can point you to some tutorials.

  3. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    'ello :-)

    If you're really serious about theme tinkering, then the proper way to do this is to install a copy of WordPress locally. I actually use EasyPhp to run a local server as I find it to be the easiest and quickest to set up:
    http://www.easyphp.org/

    Let me know if you want to go ahead with this and I'll pass on some installation tips (and, yes, I will write them up properly one of these days).

    Alternatively, you could use the Theme Test Drive plugin and work on a copy of your theme online.

  4. ack754
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Zoo>> Thanks for the info.

    Here's some Specs

    Win Vista (fully updated)
    64 Bit
    6Gigs Ram
    Something like a thousand Gigs of HD space.
    IE 8 (only Browser. Yah, I need to get Fox and Chrome)

    What else?

    ESMI>> Thank you!
    You said:
    Let me know if you want to go ahead with this and I'll pass on some installation tips (and, yes, I will write them up properly one of these days).

    Yep, pass them on!

    Thanks,

    D.

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