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Should I use Thematic

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  • Started 7 years ago by ezmiller
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  1. ezmiller
    Member

    Hi All,
    I'm trying to decide whether or not to develop a new wordpress site for the band I work for using Thematic. Our site won't look at all like the default thematic theme. It will have a totally different structure. So is there any reason to use thematic? Should I instead simply follow the best-practices principles that thematic so effectively illustrates and start from scratch? I'm not quite sure how to think about this, so any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Ethan

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. If you don't care about html5 or responsive web design, use Thematic. It makes the process and changes lightning quick once you get the hang of it.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. well said scott. one of these days we ought to get thematic moving to html5 and responsiveness.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. ezmiller
    Member

    Thank you for your responses ScottNix and helgatheviking. I have started to use it and it seems to make sense that this is the way to do. Incidentally, can you link me to a good website that explains html5 in relation to "responsiveness"? My understanding of html5 is a bit vague. It just seems like a new set of tags...

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. they 2 aren't automatically related. and you can actually go responsive w/ the current thematic. you just have to do some work on the layout. you can check out some of my attempts on the subject:

    https://github.com/helgatheviking/Thematic-Adaptive

    html5 is just the next evolution in html markup. it is my understanding it is supposed to be more 'semantic' in that it isn't a ton of DIV blocks and the block names mean something like <article> <header> <nav> etc

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. ezmiller
    Member

    ok that makes sense! thank you for the tips. and i'll take a look at your work.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. ezmiller
    Member

    @helgatheviking, i looked at your css grid layouts. they look interesting. i am new to this grid thing. i understand it in the abstract, but some of the details are alluding me. for example, i am designing a site the main content of which is in a centered space of 840px. do i therefore need to build within a grid system built around 840px? my initial instinct is that the answer to this question is yes because it would be odd to try bo build within certain columns that add up to 840px...

    if i do need to build with 840px, do you have any guidance about how i could go about adjusting your grid system from 1140 to 840?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. you can build whatever kind of grid you want w/ any dimensions/#columns. though 1140 is fluid (all the columns and margins are percentages) so it is actually pretty easy to adjust to 840... just set that as the max-width.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  9. ezmiller
    Member

    ahhh brilliant! i was trying to recalculate the percentages according to a 840px max-width, but couldn't get the math right. i did this percentages based on the column and left + right gutter width i wanted. then i added the column width + the left+right gutter width, but it didn't add up to 100% in the end. how'd you do that calculation?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  10. huh? i didn't do any calculation and can't see why you'd do any recalculation of the percentages. that is why they are percentages, so 20% is always 20%. take a look again at my 1140 layout. wherever it says max-width 1140, change it to 840.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  11. ezmiller
    Member

    i was only trying to change the percentages to achieve a different column and gutter size, because my designer is using a 12 px gutter with the full page layout, which is max-width 840 px...

    Posted 7 years ago #
  12. sounds like you need fixed pixels more than percentages.

    try any of the grid building tools
    http://www.webdesignbooth.com/15-extremely-useful-css-grid-layout-generator-for-web-designers/

    Posted 7 years ago #
  13. ezmiller
    Member

    yes i was thinking that might be the case, but i'm also eventually hoping to make the page "responsive" so that things will adapt as the page shrinks. what is unclear to me still is how to use a grid system for layout and also a responsive system. that's why your css was interesting...

    but perhaps the way to do it is just to use css media queries and design for a series of widths using the same grid and adjusting the layout in a less fluid way?

    i found some sites here that i'm trying to get through.
    http://goldengridsystem.com/
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/fluidgrids/
    the first had a blurb: "fluid grid design is hard. really hard." hehe.

    thank you for that link, btw!

    Posted 7 years ago #

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