FAQs

Takuchat Development

How can I get involved in developing Takuchat?

If  you have web design experience or simply want to mess around and make suggestions we’d love to have you involved. But you’ll need a way to work with our theme and such.

Below you’ll find a guide for getting a local wordpress installation set-up on your pc, so you can have the freedom to try plugins, make theme changes among other things either to learn on your own or to submit to us for changes to the site.

 

What kind of changes can I submit to Takuchat?

Anything really, once submitted to us either on Speakout or through email we’ll review what you’ve done and assess if its a good fit for the site. And we’ll work with you if anything doesn’t quite fit.

The main reason we’re doing this is because our site team is very small and in the end we can’t think up everything or do everything. But those users with the skill who want to contribute matter, and we’ll take any idea within reason very seriously. Especially if you took the time to demonstrate it to us.

Ok, so what do I need to download? How do I get started?

The very first step is following this guide from the wordpress folk themselves. You this guide will show you how to get the full wordpress working right on your desktop, and provides some nice tools for coding and such through the program called WebMatrix (WebPI).

Easy 5 Minute WordPress Installation on Windows

If the page wasn’t loaded already in your web browser go to “localhost:00000/wp-admin/setup-config.php”, the zeroes being specific to whatever WebPI set-up set. You can find this out by loading your site in WebMartix then clicking “Run” to try and load your page through a web browser.

THe alternative is easier!

Easier InstantWP installer for Windows

For mac there’s a self contained installer for you to use, never used this myself but it should work fine.

I’m sure there are a number of options for this but the rest of this guide is not dependant on what you use.

Ok, its installed and WordPress is working, what do i do now?

You can download the theme files from our GitHub Page, the theme is built using “_s” as a base.

 From there you just copy the files into the theme folder to install it.

Great! Wait why is everything so empty?

Well obviously a site needs content, SO GET TO WORK!

Actually there’s an easier solution…

“Basic” comes with some filler content to load, its very useful stuff although it doesn’t reflect our content standards and uses features we don’t use. That said you can find out how to install that at the link below.

Importing Sample Content Tutorial

 

What needs to be worked on with the Takuchat Website?

Please be aware this is not updated frequently…

You’ll find instructions for getting involved with site design in this FAQ

Bugs that need fixing:

  1. Pages don’t work on the home page likely due to loop offset usage *may or may not be fixed*

Features to remove/ add:

  1. Remove buddypress
  2. Add forum instead likely BBpress etc.
  3. Redesign menu bar to be more intuitive, current highlighting method does not work properly.
  4. add search bar for articles. *temp search bar added*

Design

  1. Customize wordpress login page to have takuchat theme.

What are some great tools for web development?

Here is a list of free tools I use personally.

Web browser

A web browser is very important because it gives you a peek at the visible code on the site and lets you have fun with it.

Currently our site favors Chrome and Firefox for development, so please choose one or both of those to have around. Both have fantastic development tools for websites.

Look for the “inspect element” option on the right-click menu.

Document/ Code Editor

Notepad++ is an awesome application for editing code, and it provides a good amount of visual information for coding. It should pretty much be the main thing you use.

FTP/filesystem access

FileZilla is excellent for accessing server files, you’ll find various online guides for getting it set-up

Server Access

While the majority of users don’t have server access to Takuchat, Putty is what i use for SSH access; there’s honestly not much to say about that.

Design/ Illustration

Inkscape is suitable for making infinitely scalable designs.

GIMP is a well known and free picture-editing solution.

Have suggestions for tools on this page?

Contact us here!

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