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  • I’m a graphic designer (print) with some HTML and CSS experience. I’d like to begin a blog with a friend, but we have our own design grid in mind.
    I know that I can create such a design or page with GoLive and CSS, but I’m sort of a deer in the headlights with respect to understanding how to make my page into a template which can be used on a blog site.
    Am I in the wrong place? Should I not even think about doing this, and just use one of the pre-made templates out there. Or is this doable for a person at my skill level?
    thank you!

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  • Mark (podz)


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    Go for it – or you’ll never know 🙂
    If you can use CSS, you can style the output very easily.

    OK..where’s the best place for me to learn how to put my design into a form that a blog site can use?

    Mark (podz)


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    Apart from looking at other designs, I’d install WP and go from there.
    Things to check are:
    – display when only one post is viewed and the sidebar is longer than the post
    – that any footer behaves well
    – that browser / screensize problems are known
    – that user changes are easily made
    Off the top of my head, they are the biggest causes of posts here for support with templates.

    all you really need to do is grab the necessary php code for the wp engine from index.php or wp.php and insert it in your template in the appropriate places. after that it’s as podz says, tweaking for usability.

    OK…BIG help, and thank you.
    I guess I just needed a kickstart from those who know, about what I need to look at/for. thanks much, and I hope to be able to contribute something soon!

    If it’s just styling (css) you want to do then it’s like any other site you just edit the wp-layout.css file to suit your needs. If you want to alter the html in any way then it still is pretty much like any other site – raw html, albeit with some php thrown in to accomodate dynamic elements. All the html is there to edit though, there is no myriad of hidden files and multiple template elements for you to plough through.
    You best bet is to install it and play around, it it is just css styling you want/need then you needn’t even edit index.php to see the html you’d be easier just to view source in your browser because that way you don’t see all the php just the output, which is all you need really.

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