Awesome WordPress Tutorial

Daniel learns more about WordPress themes, thanks to some awesome tutorials and resources.

I’ve been going through an excellent WordPress tutorial which I found here. The author “Small Potato” takes you through building the index.php file from the ground up so you really get a sense of how it all works. We haven’t done any styling at all yet. This is what my test blog looks like so far:

Blog Screen Shot
Blog Screen Shot

Another cool thing I am using for this tutorial is XAMPP – which is as implementation of Apache/MySQL/PHP for windows. It allows you to, for instance, install WordPress locally on your machine. Obviously very handy for playing around with your blog design quickly, and without having to leave your half-baked projects up on the web for all to see.

Progress Report

Our hero is making some progress, but not much.

I am a little frustrated with my (lack of) progress in my path as a web designer. I am finding it challenging on a number of levels – creatively and technically. Because I feel a little blocked, I am also frittering away the time I should be actually working on a site. But still, I am having my small successes.

I have been tinkering with the design of I think I figured out how to have a static home page for the site, and still have blog pages that are accessible from the sidebar menu. (Basically I followed this method.) I am still using the classic theme which is pretty random looking. But hey, at least that’s some progress.

Anyways, I guess I’ll just go back to studying the WP Codex and trying to understand how this glorious beast is all put together.  I need to find that page I found earlier in the Codex which linked to the “starter” themes which were adapted to modifying to fit one’s needs.

New Site:

In which we register a new domain and deploy a fresh WordPress install.

I decided to register the other day for my job search and web design business. I am fond of the girlbandgeek handle and domain name, but it probably doesn’t do much for my employment in the corporate world. I plopped a default wordpress install down in the main folder. I want to explore the idea of using WP as CMS – by tweaking my own site, adding static pages as well as blog updates.

I just added the domain into my cPanel, so it’s not even reachable by url. Probably by tomorrow. Okay, so what it needs is: