A Guide To Customizing The Thematic Theme Framework

Oh, yuck. This is the old, busted guide. Make sure you check out the new Thematic Guide.

Default Thematic CSS Styles

The following typographic classes are styled by default and can be used in your post content.

<blockquote class="left">
Floats a pull-quote to the left of your content.

<blockquote class="right">
Floats a pull-quote to the right of your content.

Adding a Home Link

A “Home” link can be added to your menu by filtering the default menu arguments.

// Adds a home link to your menu
// http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/wp_page_menu
function childtheme_menu_args($args) {
    $args = array(
        'show_home' => 'Home',
        'sort_column' => 'menu_order',
        'menu_class' => 'menu',
        'echo' => true
    );
    return $args;
}
add_filter('wp_page_menu_args','childtheme_menu_args');

Thematic Theme Hooks and Actions

The following theme hooks can be used to modify Thematic through your Child Theme functions.php file or even a custom plugin.

thematic_before()
Located in header.php just after the opening body tag, before anything else.

thematic_aboveheader()
Located in header.php just before the header div.

thematic_header()
This hook builds the content of the header div and loads the following actions: thematic_brandingopen(), thematic_blogtitle(), thematic_blogdescription(), thematic_brandingclose(), thematic_access().

thematic_belowheader()
Located in header.php just after the header div.

thematic_abovecomments()

thematic_abovecommentslist()

thematic_belowcommentslist()

thematic_abovetrackbackslist()

thematic_belowtrackbackslist()

thematic_abovecommentsform()

thematic_show_subscription_checkbox()

thematic_belowcommentsform()

thematic_show_manual_subscription_form()

thematic_belowcomments()

thematic_abovemainasides()

thematic_betweenmainasides()

thematic_belowmainasides()

thematic_abovefooter()

thematic_after()

Removing Thematic Actions

Any Thematic action can be removed by building off of the following code snippet in your Child Theme functions.php.

// Remove default Thematic actions
function remove_thematic_actions() {
    remove_action('thematic_hookname','thematic_actionname',optionalpostitionnumber);
}
add_action('init','remove_thematic_actions');

Thematic Theme Filters

The following theme filters can be used to modify Thematic through your Child Theme functions.php file or even a custom plugin.

thematic_create_doctype()

thematic_doctitle()

thematic_create_contenttype()

thematic_canonical_url()

thematic_use_excerpt()

thematic_use_autoexcerpt()

thematic_create_description()

thematic_show_description()

thematic_create_robots()

thematic_show_robots()

thematic_create_stylesheet()

thematic_head_scripts()
Outputs the links to jQuery plugins included with Thematic. If you don’t like drop-down menus, outright killing the drop downs in your Child Theme is actually pretty easy.

// Filter away the default scripts loaded with Thematic
function childtheme_head_scripts() {
    // Abscence makes the heart grow fonder
}
add_filter('thematic_head_scripts','childtheme_head_scripts');

thematic_dropdown_options()
Filters the link to thematic-dropdowns.js. Overriding and adding to the default drop-down options with your Child Theme is pretty easy too—once you know how to do it.

// Filter the default drop-down options
// http://users.tpg.com.au/j_birch/plugins/superfish/#options
function childtheme_dropdown_options($dropdown_options) {
    return <<<EOD
    
    jQuery.noConflict();
    jQuery(document).ready(function(){ 
        jQuery("ul.sf-menu").supersubs({ 
            minWidth:    12,                                // minimum width of sub-menus in em units 
            maxWidth:    27,                                // maximum width of sub-menus in em units 
            extraWidth:  1                                  // extra width can ensure lines don't sometimes turn over 
                                                            // due to slight rounding differences and font-family 
        }).superfish({ 
            delay:       800,                               // delay on mouseout 
            animation:   {opacity:'show',height:'show'},    // fade-in and slide-down animation 
        }); 
    });
    
    
EOD;
}
add_filter('thematic_dropdown_options','childtheme_dropdown_options');

thematic_show_rss()

thematic_show_commentsrss()

thematic_show_pingback()

thematic_show_commentreply()

thematic_time_title()

thematic_time_display()

thematic_sidebar()

thematic_postheader()

thematic_postfooter()

thematic_commenter_link()

thmfooter_theme_link()
If you’re a theme developer looking to publicly release your Thematic Child Theme you can add a link to your Child Theme release page in the [theme-link] shortcode. Here’s the code snippet you’ll need in your Child Theme functions.php:

// Add a link back to your Child Theme release page in the [theme-link] shortcode
function childtheme_theme_link($themelink) {
    return $themelink . ' &amp; <a class="child-theme-link" href="http://example.com/" title="Awesome Theme" rel="designer">Awesome Theme</a>';
}
add_filter('thematic_theme_link', 'childtheme_theme_link');

That example will return both the Thematic link and your link. Of course, you can always just return a link to your Child Theme release page alone:

// Add a link back to your Child Theme release page in the [theme-link] shortcode
function childtheme_theme_link($themelink) {
    return '<a class="child-theme-link" href="http://example.com/" title="Awesome Theme" rel="designer">Awesome Theme</a>';
}
add_filter('thematic_theme_link', 'childtheme_theme_link');

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