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Metal Toad University #10: Real Time Word Press

In this episode our intrepid adventurers embarked on a quest to install WordPress. I have to admit, this was quite easy and didn't take nearly as long I expected it would. Since I was also new to WordPress, we explored together. We went through the process of downloading and installing it, setting up the database, and selecting a theme. Along the way we talk about other concepts as they come up like using Lorem Ipsum placeholder text, using rsync to transfer files, and using command line MySQL. Next week we hope to talk about WordPress theming, but that will depend on if I can get a guest speaker on it or not. If we don't talk about that, we'll do a sample PHP application and talk about basic database work. Here's the video: Read More…

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Metal Toad University #9: Going Live

This week we took our site live, but before we did that one of our students Lewis Notestine had created a new theme for our site: Space! We used Git version control to merge his changes into ours, then made a few modifications to the triggers and our new theme was in place. We then bought a domain name from NameCheap.com and fumbled around with DNS settings. By the end of the class, we still couldn't see our site, but that was due to DNS propagation taking forever and a missing symlink. Once those things were corrected we were able to go to beekandbrooke.com to visit our site. Here's the movie: Read More…

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Metal Toad University #8: The Wolf Theme

This session had us finding new images to create a new theme for our site. Once our new wolf images and patterns were created and exported, we went about with the theming. I added one class to the HMTL: wolf. Then we found the styles that were specifying images and copied them to a new location in our CSS and prefixed them with the wolf class. That made this: Read More…

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Metal Toad University #7: First Site Done!

Want to join Metal Toad University? Join the Google+ Page. Our 8th class was all about finishing the one page scrolling web page that we started on a few classes back. We had a some more styling to do and that wasn't surprising because most of the work on a simple web page is styling. Right off the bat I did some minor styling tweaks that made the page shadow flow around the entire page and I changed it's color by modifying the box-shadow property. Then we worked on the main content body and added a semi-transparent white to the box behind it. This gave the text more contrast and made it easier to read. Read More…

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