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[resolved] Template and theme mod online? (10 posts)

  1. bluewater
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm just starting and want to try modifying template and theme. Seems kind of obvious, but should I download WP to my computer for this, rather than use the online editor now on my host? I'm just learning HTML and CSS, but have a good idea of design I want, if its possible. Thx

  2. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Well, I would never experiment on a live site with that damned online Theme Editor.
    - you have to make your blog vulnerable = world writable files = open for hacking
    - there isn't an UNDO button!

    Theme design should happen on your computer.
    However, downloading WP doesn't mean you can see it on your computer. You need XAMPP or something similar to make your machine a local server, otherwise you cannot "see" the .php files (I mean how do they look like rendered).

  3. bluewater
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Ok, that makes sense. Given the vertical learning curve here, would it be easier to try and find someone to attempt or reality check the design for me? I prefer to learn how, but this looks ambitious.

  4. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Maybe you want to read some documentation about WP design:
    Theme_Development
    Blog_Design_and_Layout

  5. bluewater
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    That's actually what got me started thinking I could do it, great support & guide info. I'm just wondering whether trying to learn XAMPP on top is unrealistic.

  6. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    There is nothing to "learn" about XAMPP.
    http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
    You just download and click the install.
    more: http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/xampp/

    The advantage of it being: you can see "in live" all your edits instantly.

  7. bluewater
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Wow, look how much I've learned already :)

    Another block of ignorance to knock down for me - if I go this route do I need Ftp to upload? And is there any issue uploading from WP desktop to WP online?

  8. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    You ALWAYS need ftp - how else do you move files between your computer and the host server?

    Don't mix unrelated things :)

  9. bluewater
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thanks moshu. At the bottom of a waterfall all you can see is noise. Recommended ftp download?

  10. moshu
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Filezilla - it's free and works very well.

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