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  • CSS and PHP Newbie looking for a kind designer willing to help her learn the ropes of using CSS and PHP via e-mail and IM contact so that she may actually be capable of setting up the darn site herself… ^^;;
    I’m so totally new to this stuff that I’m lost on where to even start. I’m tired of digging around for free source code to use (and attempt poorly to customize) and really want to be able to do this stuff on my own… but there are *so* many tutorials out there, I don’t even know where to start. If someone would be kind enough to just give me a little push in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.
    I can be reached via e-mail at duches77 at optonline dot net.
    Thanks in advance!

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  • The best way to do it is to do it. 🙂 What are you looking to try and do? There are some really good resources to work with the WordPress CSS file (wp-default.css) available:
    I think that first link is excellent start in understanding the current WP structure. I’m not a CSS guru and I’m learning it myself (fighting with my footer right now :P); I found by almost erasing the entire CSS file and starting from scratch to be a good “test”. Then start dropping in CSS elements (concentrating on one aspect of the design at a time) to get what you want to achieve. If you are stuck on an element, google it. So, if you are having problems with unordered lists, search: ul (what you want to do) ie ul align right
    PHP is a little more tricky, and it would take more time to understand since it’s a programming language. The WP forums are a good resource for a specific issue with PHP that releates to the core script.
    So, where to start? What do you want to do first? Create a new design? Create a mockup in an app like Photoshop or even sketch it on paper as far as how you want the elements of the page to look. A lot of times you can find a starting point from an already made template for use/modification:
    Current available default templates
    Then drop in your design elements and tweak from there. If you get stuck, google it, or ask here. I usually try and answer this type of stuff because it helps myself to learn it a little better. HTH

    Hope you get some takers, in the meantime, this might be helpful:


    Woohoo! I got it to work.
    I took out the footer and put the credit part inside the gold border at the bottom of the banner across the top. I wish I could show you guys more than just this. However, I may eventually be migrating the design to their public site… so I might just have a link for you all to look at in the future. ^_^

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