I have come across a few templates that look brilliant, but nothing that gives as much as Thematic. However, am i right in saying this is all about programming .php or even .css? I have found themes such as http://www.wpunlimited.com/ that can be customised in the WP Option pages is that the case for thematic as well? If it is then i think this is the one for me, but if not, having followed a few threads in the forum with the answers all given in code i don't think this will be for me. If someone can point me in the right direction i would be most grateful.
This may be a stupid newbie question, but.....(6 posts)
i guess thematic is more targeted towards developers, i mean in order to turn it into a unique theme (or build a unique child theme )you certainly need to know css, but not necessarily php unless you really start to customize.
no you can't just customize the thematic in wp options.
thematic is free, so why not just give it a go, play around with it and if it does not work out you have lost nothing.
there are also heaps of awesome free child themes on themeshaper, so grab one of those too and you've got everything you need.
if all this sounds too much to dive into , then definitely go with a bought theme that is exactly what you want, or perhaps pay somebody to customize thematic for you...
i guess it depends a lot on the purpose of the theme, what sort of site will it be for.
There is a Thematic Configuration Plugin in the works (http://www.wupperpiraten.de/2009/05/thematic-configuration-plugin/), but i guess it is not targeted to be as comprehensive as the wpunlimited one.
But if you are new to all of this CSS stuff, like I am, then Thematic, with its build in and pre-configurized child theme and its outstanding documentation (http://themeshaper.com/modify-wordpress-themes/) might be the best way to dive into CSS and WP theme design.
Like Jamie Mitchell said: it is free, just give it a try. :)
Thanks guys, i guess there is one way to learn right.
I am loving the power blog look. What i would love is a page where the front is static with the extra widgets under the banner then a side bar on the right with widgets. on the blog pages i would like to have different widgets appear.
For Example: front page a calendar of upcoming events. RSS links etc. Then on the blog page have the Catagories etc.
If i have downloaded widgets from WP do i have to code them into the site or will WP control panel do this for me?
The widgets you have downloaded are probably, most certainly, plugins (plugins with the functionality to add widgets).
So you upload those plugins to your plugins directory, activate them under /wp-admin/plugins.php, and then drag those new widgets to your desired widget area under /wp-admin/widgets.php
If you would like to have different widgets appear on different pages, then this plugin is for you: http://www.thaslayer.com/2008/10/16/wordpress-plugin-slayers-custom-widgets-v-10/
The rest is up to you. :)
Manuel & Jamie, Thanks for your contributions. I will now close this thread and open up another one when i am going round in circles. I am going to give it a go. Wish me luck.
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