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  1. RebeccaInMI
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've just started using WordPress as a CMS instead of just a blog engine. I borrowed a copy of WordPress for Dummies from a friend, but I'm about half-way through the book and have yet to learn anything that I hadn't already figured out myself just by fiddling with different things. I'm good with HTML and CSS but not with PHP. I would like a book or two that would take me beyond the level of WordPress for Dummies without being over my head. I found the two books below on Amazon. Might one of those work for me, or would you suggest a different book?

    WordPress Bible by Aaron Brazell: http://tinyurl.com/3bczb93

    WordPress 3 Complete by April Hodge Silver: http://tinyurl.com/3tja2s8

  2. What sort of thing are you looking to learn?

    Like how to write plugins or something?

    You may want "Digging into WordPress" http://digwp.com/

  3. RebeccaInMI
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Worthwhile question, Ipstenu. Here are some examples of situations that I'd like to know how to handle:

    • My client says to me, "The tag line is awfully small. Is there a way we could make it bigger so that it stands out more?"
    • Client also says, "I would like to have my logo at the top next to the name of my business. Can you get it up there for me?"
    • The pages that I created all say "Comments are closed." I would like that to just go away.
    • I don't like the order that the links are showing up at the top of the page, but I can't figure out what is controlling that order.

    I realize that some of the above desires will probably just require me to hunt around in the CSS, but I don't know which one of the dozen or more .css files to modify.

    Basically I'd like to have a book that would answer my questions so I don't have to make about a dozen posts on here that make you knowledgeable people shake your heads and wonder why I didn't just read X or Y first.

  4. RebeccaInMI
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Eventually I would like to be able to create my own custom WP themes, but for now I'd settle for the above. :)

  5. but I don't know which one of the dozen or more .css files to modify.

    This one is EASY as pie and you'll love it.

    There's ONE CSS file :) style.css in your theme folder. That has it all.

    But. What you've described are all theme questions, so what you should look for is WordPress theme books.

  6. RebeccaInMI
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I happened to see this post about removing Author, Date, and Comments from pages:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-remove-date-author-and-comment-from-pages?replies=5

    I copied that little bit of CSS that alchymyth suggested. Then in the admin area for the site I'm working on I went to Appearance >> Editor and selected the file style.css under Styles. I added that bit of CSS to the end, saved the file, and checked the pages of the site (as a viewer would see them) and nothing had changed. All the pages still said "Comments are closed" at the bottom.

    I also tried putting the CSS in some of the other CSS files and that didn't seem to do anything either. If it helps, I'm using the Freshy 2 theme with the Customize plugin.

    OK, so in terms of books I need to look for books that will help me work with WP themes. Got any suggestions?

  7. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    but I don't know which one of the dozen or more .css files to modify.

    out of context: get familiar with using one of the free browser tools, such as Firebug, or the firefox web developer add-on - equally useful as a handbook, to cover most of what you described - particularly the css part of theme customization. it takes away the guesswork of finding the right css selectors and css files.

  8. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    this post about removing Author, Date, and Comments from pages

    these css selectors are (highly) theme specific. unless you happened to work on the same theme as the topic referred to, you have only a very small chance that the added css styles have the right (or any) effect.

  9. RebeccaInMI
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    these css selectors are (highly) theme specific. unless you happened to work on the same theme as the topic referred to, you have only a very small chance that the added css styles have the right (or any) effect.

    Thanks! I will add that to my growing store of knowledge about WP.

    Regarding Firebug and the Web Developer Toolbar, I have versions 1.8.1 and 1.1.9 respectively. I've probably only scratched the surface of everything I can do with those two extensions, so I will have to read up on them. Thanks for that recommendation.

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