A Guide To Thematic

Thematic is more than just a WordPress theme, it's also a Theme Framework. Now, that doesn't mean it's hard to use, bloated or overcomplicated. Quite the opposite. It's extremely easy to use, lean and easy to customize. This guide will show you why and how.

Widget-Ready Areas

Thematic has 13 widget-ready areas, called Asides, that can be used creatively to customize your theme.

Theme Options

Thematic currently has three options that can be set from the Theme Options panel under Design: Index Insert Position, Info on Author Page and Text in Footer.

The Index Insert Position setting controls the position of a widget-ready area on the index, or blog page. You can enter the number of posts you would like to appear before this widget-ready area. The default number is 2.

Activating the Info on Author Page will display a microformatted vCard—with the author's avatar, bio and email—on the author page. It's turned off by default. If you want to use this option, make sure you fill out the biographical info in your WordPress profiles.

The Text in Footer option lets you insert your own HTML text into the footer of the theme. The default setting links to WordPress and the Thematic project page.

Dynamic Contextual Body Classes

Thematic makes use of the dynamic contextual class functions developed by Scott Wallick and Andy Skelton for The Sandbox. These functions make Thematic almost endlessly customizable through CSS alone.

To really see how these classes work, where they appear and how you can use them, I recommend the Firefox extension, Firebug.

Thematic Child Themes

Thematic has been specially optimized to take advantage of the power of WordPress Child Themes. Unless you plan on making extreme modifications I recommend you use a Child Theme to customize Thematic.

I've compiled a few Thematic Child Themes here that can help you get started.

Free Child Themes

Theme Support

If you have a question, problem or concern with Thematic you can contact Ian Stewart. Better yet, I recommend posting to the ThemeShaper Forums after looking there for an answer.

The latest Thematic version, updates and bug fixes are always available at the Thematic Project on Google Code.

Credit and Inspiration

Thematic is a fork of the hugely successful and amazing Sandbox theme for WordPress and inherits the bulk of that code base. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Scott Wallick and Andy Skelton, not only for their work on The Sandbox but for their ongoing help with, and support of, my efforts. Thank you, Scott and Andy.

In addition, Thematic has been inspired by and uses techniques from the following people and projects.

Copyright & License

Thematic is copyright Ian Stewart and released, like WordPress, under GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPL).

Thematic has a credit link in the footer template. You may remove or edit this link without cost or concern—although it sure is appreciated if you link back to the Thematic project, in some way.

Thank you.