Nearly there … developing a WordPress theme


Nearly there with WordPress on 12seconds.tv

Today … yesterday … and the day before … in fact, why didn’t I just say “This week…”?!

This week I’ve been playing around with WordPress, trying to work out how best to get the navigation for a site that I’ve been tinkering with — for about two years now” — to work with the least amount of effort.

The site is for the Christian Fellowship of Healing (Scotland), and after much faffing about trying to decide which content management system to use (Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, ExpressionEngine …?) I’ve finally come to my senses and settled on the mighty WordPress.

So now I’m working on converting my design into a static HTML page, and from there into a fully-fledged, working WordPress theme.

And I’m nearly there. Not least because WordPress has come on in leaps and bounds since I last developed a full site with it. When I last built something big it was with version 2.0.0.8 — we’re now at 2.6, which represents an enormous jump in functionality and usability.

I’ve been playing around with a number of themes making sure that the navigation works as I intend it to. Let’s hear it for:

  • The WordPress wp_list_pages() function.
  • The default wp_list_pages() classes
    • .current_page_item
    • .current_page_parent
    • .current_page_ancestor
  • er…
  • that’s it!

The trial continues tomorrow …

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

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