I’ve been digging into the WordPress theme framework Thematic, built by Ian Stewart and have found it a powerful foundation for WordPress theme development. I recently began using the theme I’ve been developing using Thematic and I thought it would help to point to a few of the most helpful resources that I’ve learned from.
ThemeShaper Forums — Once you start working with Thematic your first stop should likely be the ThemeShaper Forums.
One of the things I appreciate about the forums is that they are free and open with no restrictions or fees to pay to get the help you need as you learn to make Thematic do what you want.
10 design tips for your custom wordpress theme built with thematic at Cozmos Labs — in fact there’s a whole category of posts on Thematic at the Cozmos Labs site and I’ve found myself there often poking through those posts. There’s also a few free Thematic child themes available there.
Add “Featured Posts” to your Thematic child theme — popular in magazine style layouts, here’s a good tutorial on adding featured posts to your Thematic based theme.
Build WordPress Sites Fast With the Thematic Theme Framework — this post has a wealth of Thematic resources, like help with theme hooks, tutorials and links to lots of child themes.
Thematic Page Structure — This is a visual representation of most of the div elements, theme actions, hooks, and widget areas in Thematic. As you dig into the nuts and bolts of Thematic this will help save you time as you track down what goes where.
How To Modify WordPress Themes The Smart Way — this is a series of posts on themeshaper.com that covers, WordPress Child Theme Basics, Modular CSS in WordPress Child Themes, Using Filter Hooks in WordPress Child Themes and Using Action Hooks in WordPress Child Themes.
Useful Thematic Filters — this a a very helpful post with some handy Thematic filters such as: how to Replace the Blog Title with Your Logo; Add a Search Form to the Header; Add “Home” to Menu Options; Remove Blog Description; Remove the Post Footer; Add Google Analytics Tracking Code; Change the Footer Message; Add a Favicon; Removing Plug-In Code; and Removing and Renaming Widget Areas.