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Building Custom Themes

Interested in creating a dynamic website using WordPress? Not only is WordPress a powerful blogging platform, but it is also a great way to set up a Content Management System (CMS). By turning your site into a CMS, it will be much easier to maintain, update and enhance with special functionality. This intensive course will teach you how to do a custom install of WordPress, modify existing themes, develop your own custom themes and install plugins.

This course is designed for people who are already familiar with HTML and CSS. Knowledge of PHP is a plus but is not required to take this class.

  • Wordpress isn’t just for blogs. You’ll learn how to create a custom template from scratch—turning your site into a powerful CMS.

  • Use custom templates to display your content any way you like.

  • We show you how to modify an existing theme to match your site.

  • Learn how easy it is to install WordPress on your own computer.

  • Learn to use some of the best “must-have” plugins available.

Upcoming Classes

Price: $650 Click for Discounts

  • 12 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC
  • In New York City and Live Online

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What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Setting Up The Local Server

Topics

  • Installing MAMP/XAMPP
Installing WordPress

Topics

  • Creating a Database
  • Installing WordPress
  • Creating a wp-config.php File
Installing Themes

Topics

  • Downloading a Theme from the WordPress Dashboard
  • Manually Installing a Theme
Creating a Child Theme

Topics

  • Importing Style Sheets
  • Adding Custom Header with Theme Name, Author, etc.
Modifying a Theme

Topics

  • Adding a Header Graphic
  • Customizing Links
  • Changing the Background

Section 2
Setting Up a WordPress Site

Topics

  • Installing WordPress.org Files
  • Creating a Database
Starting the MRP Theme

Topics

  • Setting Up the Theme
  • Creating Index.php
  • Swapping Static HTML for Dynamic PHP
The WordPress Loop

Topics

  • Displaying Posts
  • Adding/Customizing Posts
Continuing with the Loop

Topics

  • Displaying Post Time & Tags
  • Displaying Comments
  • Page Navigation
  • Fallback Content
Section 3
Splitting the Page into Templates

Topics

  • Creating Header, Footer, and Sidebar Templates
  • Adding Header and Footer Functions
Creating a Page for Single Posts

Topics

  • Making the Post Template
  • Adding a Comment Form
  • Customizing the Comments’ CSS
Creating Pages

Topics

  • Creating the Page Template
  • Adding the Title
  • Adding New Pages
  • Inserting Images
Customizing the Nav Menu

Topics

  • Creating functions.php
  • Creating the Menu
  • Customizing the Menu Order
Section 4
Customizing the Sidebar

Topics

  • Registering New Sidebars
  • Adding Widgets to Sidebars
  • Installing an Image Widget
Creating a Custom Page Template

Topics

  • Creating a Custom Template
  • Creating a Custom Query in the Loop
Adding a Contact Form

Topics

  • Installing the Contact Form 7 Plugin
  • Adding the Form to a Page
Uploading a WordPress Site

Topics

  • Exporting a Database
  • Modifying the SQL to Use Appropriate Absolute URLs
  • Uploading WordPress
  • Importing a Database

Why Train With Noble?

26 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.


Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.


We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.


We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.


Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.


Money-Back Guarantee

We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If you don’t absolutely LOVE your class, we’ll give you a full refund! Compare that to other "schools" that have a no-refund policy. Is that even legal? It certainly isn't right. At Noble we treat our students with respect and common sense.


We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.


Our Students Love Us! 2100+ Testimonials and Counting

We offer our guarantee because we think we’re the best—but don’t take our word for it. Ask more than 2100 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.