Esther Velez

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Date: June 1, 2016 (page 1 of 2)

June 2016 Goals

When I woke up this morning, it took me a few moments to realize it was June 1. Already.

So I wanted to take some time to think about the different things that I want to complete this month.

But even as I said that, I realize that I will be gone for two weeks this month, to Mission Camp. But I can still do things during those two weeks, so I’m not discounting this month from productivity.

Here are a few things I’d like to complete this month. On July 1, we’ll look back on the month and see how far I came.

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Create a WordPress Theme #2: Wireframes

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!

This time around, I’m creating a WordPress Theme for a story/game development knowledge base.

Yeah, that sentence scares me, too. Keep reading to see how I’m doing it!

What Did You Use to Make the Wireframe?

There are many different programs online that can help you create wireframes quickly, and I think they’re awesome, but I knew they wouldn’t work well for this project. I would probably spend more time trying to find one than actually putting it together.

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Create a WordPress Theme #1: The Idea & First Sketches

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!

This time around, I’m creating a WordPress Theme for a story/game development knowledge base.

Sound a bit scary? Keep reading to see how I’m doing it!

Why Create a Knowledge Base

One of the most frustrating things about creating a story of any kind is keeping all of your character information organized. There are several writing programs, such as Scrivener, which help you organize your notes, the manuscript, and character info. But it’s just not displayed in a way that’s intuitive.

I was browsing starwars.com and I came across the Databank section of the site. If you’ve never ventured to this corner of the Internet, the Star Wars Databank is like a brief Wikipedia article on any character, location, or event from within the Star Wars Universe. None of the information is very in depth, but it gives just the sort of overview you would need when writing a story.

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Create a WordPress Theme #5: Add Features

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!
I’m creating a WordPress Theme and I need to add a few features to make it better. Keep reading to see how it’s gonna get done!

What Features Am I Going to Add?

I didn’t realize this at first, but WordPress is missing a lot of things right out of the gate. I mean, things like Featured Post Images and Excerpts are all functions that exist somewhere, but they have to be initialized. As I poured over the Hydrogen BootStrap design, I knew there were a few things that I needed to add, specifically:

1. Customizing the Comment box
2. Including a Featured Post Image
3. Displaying a short excerpt of the post

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Create a WordPress Theme #4: Set Up Theme in WP

Welcome to my latest Programming Adventure!
I’m creating a WordPress Theme, and we’re finally ready to start working in WP!
Can you tell I’m super excited and ready for this?! Keep reading to see how I’m doing it!

Why WordPress?

My first idea was to just hard code everything. And I knew it was a bad idea because it popped in and out of my head in less than a second.

But now, it was time to think about it. I had designed the entire Knowledge Base. I knew exactly how I wanted it to look, how I wanted it to work. Now, it was time to make it real.

The only other thing I could think of was to use WordPress. But then I’d have to learn how to make my own theme, something that I’d never done before. I mean, I’ve pasted in some modifications in a child theme, but never created one outright.

Like I always do when I’m learning something new, I scoured the Internet for information, trusting only the first ten links, even if they are probably more viable ones further down the line.

Ah, Google, you’ve taught me so well.

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