Let’s work on the site navigation in this episode. This modular includes the base styles, primary, secondary, and accessible menus. You will continue migrating and refactoring.
Did you do your homework? Well, let’s go through it together. I’ll show you how I migrated it and we’ll talk about different refactoring strategies. You can select the technique that works best for you. Then let’s create a new header color variable and then add that to the partial. Little-by-little you are cleaning up the styles. Tip: Think of the variables partials as configuration parameters for your project. You will also learn about why you want to refactor: Don’t repeat yourself. Don’t repeat yourself. Don’t repeat yourself. Write your code to be DRY (don’t repeat yourself). Remember: You don’t […]
Time to migrate over the skip links. Then your homework is to try to migrate and refactor the site header styles on your own. Then we’ll do it together in the next episode.
As part of migrating the plugins, you will dive deeper into different nesting refactoring strategies and techniques in Sass. You get to see how to use the Sass ampersand &. You will also use the color variables. Little-by-little, you are learning what you can do in Sass to streamline, compress, and clean up the styles to be DRY, modular, and more readable. You are going to enjoy this one. Here are some additional resources to help you out: The Sass Ampersand – CSS Tricks Sass Nesting
Let’s migrate over the widgets into our modular Sass files. You are also taking your first steps to refactor the CSS by learning about removing redundancies and using the power of nesting.
Let’s migrate over the common classes. Where do we put these into our file structure? Hum, let’s create a spot for now and then when we refactor later, we’ll migrate those sub-modules and partials over to the appropriate buckets.
You will continue migrating the styles to Sass by moving the structure and layout section. In addition, I’ll give you a preview as to the power of Sass by doing a wee bit of refactoring. While native CSS runs in Sass, yes it does, you can streamline your styles and make yourself more efficient once you learn a few little tips and tricks.
As I was thinking about the rest of this lab, it dawned on me that starting with the variable declarations is not the best approach to helping you make the leap from working in native CSS to maximizing what you can do in Sass. Therefore, let’s adapt and start migrating the Genesis Sample Theme’s style.css over into the Sass files. The remainder of this lab is walking through step-by-step, copying each section of the styles and moving them over into the Sass files. You and I will walk through the process and actively think about how to divide it up. […]
All of your colors for the site’s branding and color scheme go into the utility variables module. You assign the color to a variable and then use the variable within your styles. The advantage is: for each project, you have just one place to change the entire site’s branding. It will save you time and frustrations. Bam, that’s a great thing! In this episode, you’ll think about different variable naming strategies. You hear me walking through various alternatives until we find the one that seems to work better than the others. But like PHP variable naming, you have flexibility to […]
It’s now time for you to start creating the file structure and adding in the baseline partial Sass files. Make sure you are ready to work, as you will be actively creating the files. I want you to do this with me as you and I think about what is a good structure and why. You’ll hear my thought processes as though I’m sitting right there with you, working beside you.