It looks like Child Themes will be able to override templates in Parent Themes and add new custom page templates in WordPress 2.7. I loaded up the bleeding edge version this morning and tried it out. Works like a charm. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. This might just change the way WordPress theming gets done and will certainly make a lot of people’s lives a whole lot easier.
If theme updating becomes part of the WordPress core experience—like plugin updating did—and if the Most Popular list in the themes directory reflects downloads made through those updates: that’s a pretty decent resource for WordPress users looking for themes. Instead of a list of the most downloaded—and potentially discarded themes—we’ll have a list of the most used WordPress themes.
This is just a quick note to say that Thematic version 0.6 is out. I had to make a few changes to have it included in the themes directory and, of course, those changes turned into monumental changes. Check out
library/functions/hooks-filters.php if you don’t believe me. I’ll write more about it later but I’d like to give special thanks to Scott Wallick for helping me to get where I wanted to be with this release. Anyway, download it now from the WordPress Themes Directory. Thanks for using Thematic!
Ben Eastaugh, co-author of the Tarski Theme, on Adding Custom WordPress Hooks to your WordPress themes. More themes should be doing something similar to this. Not exactly the same. But similar.
Aaron Brazell of Technosailor offers his opinion on where WordPress theme authors should be adding hooks—for easy theme modification—into their themes. Fuel for good thought on theme design.
ThemeShaper now has forums. Powered by bbPress, of course. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the ThemeShaper themes, please post them there. That way we can all learn from, well, um, my mistakes. I guess. Gee. Why did I start forums again?
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If you’ve got any favorite WordPress blog-gems of your own, lets hear about them.
Don’t miss Best WordPress Themes’ great collection of 10 Free WordPress Themes That Blow Many Premium Themes Away. I’m honored to have my theme, Thematic, included amongst some really fine company.