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Documentation for Thematic?

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  • Started 10 years ago by theBlogButler
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  1. theBlogButler

    Hi everyone. I develop custom wordpress sites for my clients and so far have stuck to pre-made themes and modified them to my client's tastes. I'm wanting to have more flexibility and so I'm looking into theme frameworks. I really want to use Thematic but I'm having a really hard time finding solid documentation for it. I know about the readme file in the theme that gives a general idea of what it *can* do and obviously these forums.

    However, if I use Thesis I can hit the ground running with a comprehensive back-end configuration within the dashboard. I've read about Devin's effort at that gets a good start on this but it is not nearly as complete as Thesis'.

    I'm not meaning to argue the merits of Thesis vs. Thematic here - instead I'd really like to know where I can dig into some documentation for Thematic so that I can understand it better and make a really solid decision on which way to go.


    Posted 10 years ago #
  2. Have you seen this:

    If an options panel is what you're looking for, we're not quite there yet with Thematic. The options child theme I built still requires you to build most of the options you want yourself.

    In the meantime, I would definitely suggest going with Canvas by Woo Themes (over Thesis) if you need a really full featured options panel out of the box. It's licensed GPL, and I think it is much easier to theme and work with than Thesis.

    Example child theme:

    That said, Thematic is definitely worth getting to know. It's an amazing framework and I use it for a lot of client work.

    (BTW, this forum doesn't let you post a link to W** Themes. Not sure why. If your posts get rejected without an error message, check what links you've posted.)

    Posted 10 years ago #
  3. theBlogButler

    Thank you Devin, this definitely helps and I was not aware of Canvas.

    I'm still looking for things like how to set up the layouts - maybe I'm dense and have missed that but what containers are set up by default, how to you manage that, what layouts are there out of the box, etc.

    What are your thoughts on Hybrid, out of curiosity.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  4. theBlogButler

    To follow up...

    I've read through the layouts in /thematic/library/styles and have settled on the 2c-r-fixed layout. The part I'm not understanding is how I would wrap the entire thing in some sort of container - trying to replicate the look of the ProPhoto theme, an example is seen here:

    I did this in Thesis with a bunch of .custom container settings so I'm really just trying to get off the ground running here with Thematic. If I can get the container set up and my fixed layout set I feel comfortable styling everything else and I'm excited to get there.


    Posted 10 years ago #
  5. I think #wrapper might be the div you are looking for.

    body {background:#333;}

    #wrapper {background:#fff; width:980px; margin:20px auto;}

    (non-tested, but should get you started)

    Hybrid is a very nice framework as well, with paid support for questions.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  6. theBlogButler

    Thanks, I'm with you, just have to dig around in the theme and figure out which div I want to change, cool..

    Another question I have about Thematic is whether or not you can implement the css model. I used a theme that had this and it was dead simple to layout pages or even posts using the divs - so for a 3 column layout you'd use:

    <div class="grid_4 alpha"> content </div>
    <div class="grid_4"> content </div>
    <div class="grid_4 omega"> content </div>

    Anyway that was really sweet and one of the things that attracted me to Thematic but I'm not clear whether this functionality is part of the framework or if I need to do something to use it.


    Posted 10 years ago #
  7. theBlogButler

    Devin - props to you for your excellent post about implementing WP 3.0 menu system on Thematic at


    Posted 10 years ago #
  8. gaillen

    I have found this resource invaluable as a Thematic newbie

    Not sure if it 100% up to date with the latest release but it gives a pretty good grounding in the structure to work up from. Just remember to check up on release notes etc.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  9. theBlogButler

    Super nice find gaillen, thank you!

    Posted 10 years ago #

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