Now available through Jetpack, Content Options let users make small visual changes, like showing or hiding the author, date, featured images, and more.
Thematic 0.7 has been officially released with two major upgrades that’ll help you get what you need done with your WordPress blog or site faster and easier.
Rapid Site Development With Modular CSS
I’m doing my best to make Thematic a tool for rapid site development whether you’re digging into it and using it as the basis for a custom site design or using it as a theme framework with a WordPress Child Theme. How? By making the CSS completely modular. Let’s take a look at two of the folders in the
library directory of Thematic; layouts and styles.
/layouts 2c-l-fixed.css 3c-r-fixed.css 2c-r-fixed.css 3c-fixed.css /styles 18px.css typography.css 21px.css default.css images.css plugins.css reset.css
Each of these files can be imported into the stylesheet of either your Thematic-based theme or Child Theme with the
@import rule—or copy-pasted if you want to make changes without having to override the CSS to make structural changes. Simply put, what that means is that you can bring each of these files into play in your stylesheet and rapidly build a WordPress theme by mixing and matching them. And I mean really rapidly. For example, here’s an example of a fully finished 3 column Thematic Child Theme, with a sidebar on either side of the content, that follows the default Thematic color styles—built by you, out of only a few lines of CSS. Continue reading “What’s new in Thematic 0.7”
WordPress developer Jacob Santos on WordPress Child Themes: WordPress Theme Modifications should be made in Child Themes.
If you want more of an introduction to theming your blog or website with WordPress Child Themes you can read my two-part interview with Weblog Tool Collections’ Jeff Chandler on the subject. Part One gives an introduction to the concept with a ridiculously easy tutorial that guides you through making your own Child Theme. Part Two goes through some of the business implications of using them with a WordPress Theme Framework.
Pat Dryburgh outlines the drawbacks to child themes—which hinder public acceptance and experimentation—that he’s discovered while working with Thematic.
Darren Hoyt explains why he’s interested in WordPress Child Themes in Exploring WordPress Frameworks and Child Themes. He does a great job illustrating why professional designers using WordPress to power sites need to take a serious look at them.
Elliot Jay Stocks has updated and re-released his WordPress starter theme, Starkers.
Alister Cameron has written a simple function you can add to any WordPress theme that lets you intelligently and automatically force browsers to use your updated WordPress stylesheet.
Are WordPress Themes open source? Is it right to release them on a pay-to-download basis?
… what these premium theme providers are doing … we would call that “Evil”Chase Sagum
… themes link and use lots of internal WordPress functions, which make them linked under the GPL and subject to being a GPL-compatible license. If a theme (or a plugin) used no internal WP functions or APIs, then it could probably be considered independent, but that would be really really hard for a theme. Matt Mullenweg
I haven’t really talked about it a lot but I’ve been trying to do pay-for-use themes differently. Namely, giving away what might normally be considered a “Premium” theme—my WordPress theme framework Thematic—and charging for upgrades in the form of Child Themes and custom design. I think it’s a little more fair to the WordPress community and the debatable concerns around the ethics of paid WordPress themes.
But there’s still more questions. There’s always questions, isn’t there? Continue reading “The Ethics of WordPress Themes at a Premium”