I have been using the comments.php, comments-popup.php, single.php and loop from the Kubrick theme to create my blog functionality in themes I build from scratch. But with WP 3.0 there's a new approach and I can't quite get it to work. From what I've gathered I have the loop in the index.php, loop with some additional code in the single.php, a category.php, and in the comments.php all there should be is one line of code:
<?php comment_form(); ?>
On the server there's a wp-comments.php page with what appears to be the various parameters that can be adjusted - though how to do that is another question. But my first question is: what exact templates and code are needed to get basic fully functioning comments? Do I have to add anything to the functions.php?
I almost got there but I couldn't get comments to actually appear on a page. I had the ability to enter comments working, and the comments would come into the admin, and the live page itself would have a link: 1 comment. But clicking the link took me nowhere.
I'm using the loops etc. from this article: http://www.onextrapixel.com/2011/03/08/how-to-code-a-wordpress-3-0-theme-from-scratch/
Can someone enumerate the specific steps to make the new approach work? I'm an HTML/CSS person who understands a little php but not a lot. I'm trying to grasp the relationship between all the pieces/parts needed to make the comments work with the new approach.
Thank you for any help!