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Should I move to Thematic from Thesis?

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  • Started 10 years ago by slobizman
  • Latest reply from andrea_r
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  1. slobizman

    Hello everyone. I am a Thesis user with some questions to see if I should move over to Thematic.

    I have an existing site on Thesis, and I'm concerned about how it's going to let me integrate Buddypress, but that's not my main question.

    My big question is if I should instead of Thesis switch to Thematic for the site I am about to start this week. My main concern is that I have a framework/theme that keeps up with the myriad of new features in WP 3.0 as soon as possible. In addition to that, I want to know that I can add Buddypress at some point in the reasonably near future and not be held back by Thesis. Lots of people at Thesis are asking about BP integration, but no official answers are forthcoming. And I wonder if Thesis will right away allow the use of the new WP 3.0 menus, for example, since they have their own set up.

    So, I've been looking around at all the various frameworks. I had thought that Thesis was the greatest thing for WP designers (and I do like it), but since looking around I'm seeing that this may not be the case. I am trying to find that helps with what I said above, and is not so completely hard to learn after using Thesis. I'm an intermediate level technical person, including in CSS and Thesis hooks. I'm also going to work on this new project this week with my son, who is new at most of WP stuff, but I want him to get trained on something we'll stick with.

    So, would someone be so kind as to give me some advice regarding all this? I hear this is a very good community, btw.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  2. kgoodman

    Hi -
    I've no experience with Thesis but I love Thematic.

    The user community is great. I've pretty much found every answer I've needed already posted on this forum (might not be exactly the snippet of code I need, but what I need to get in the right direction.)

    Here's a great resource for you to start checking out some of the builtin hooks and filters you can use in customizing your theme. Thematic Customization Guid.

    There are some new FREE child themes (like Feature Site and Acamas). I would check them out as they might get you started off on your project really fast. I've customized Feature Site with my own child theme very easily. I actually paid for the theme before it was free, needless to say, still love it. ;-)

    I can't comment on how future integration will work with WP 3.0/Buddypress, hopefully someone else will answer that.

    As a newbie to PHP and wordpress, I found learning Wordpress and Thematic to be pretty straightforward.

    Best of luck to you and your son.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  3. Hi slobizman,

    I've never used Thesis so I can't give you a good comparison. I'm a Thematic fan, without a doubt. Thematic is free and our collective support is what makes it priceless.

    I can tell you this:

    1. WP 3.0 multi user is currently being tested with Thematic and will undoubtedly be supported in a coming release.
    2. Enabling Thematic + WP 3.0 menu management will be as easy as writing a simple function for your child theme.
    3. Buddymatic is a port of Thematic for BuddyPress and is currently being updated by a core committer to the WordPress + MU merge and is keeping pace with the latest release versions of Thematic.

    All in all, my money is on Thematic and GPL frameworks over premium themes with proprietary support any day. Now is as good a time as any to start with Thematic.


    Posted 10 years ago #
  4. As far as I know, the Thesis guys are not interested in BuddyPress and have no plans on a BP version. I played with thesis once and found it counter-intuitive to what I knew from regular WP themes.

    The Buddymatic guy is Ron, and I'm his partner, ;) It's just Thematic with the BP parts - an excellent base to start from.

    The theme works with 3.0, and everyone is working hard on getting BuddyPress itself working properly in 3.0.

    Posted 10 years ago #

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