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Lately, I’ve been using Thematic–a framework for building WordPress themes faster.

Thematic gives you a solid, bare-bones theme with reset CSS styles, a very basic layout, no color and limited typography. A clean slate.

Don’t Touch That Theme!

do-not-touch-signTo create your theme, you don’t actually edit any of Thematic’s theme files. Instead, you make changes using a separate child theme.

It’s really powerful since you’re not actually touching any part of Thematic. You just get a nice starting place, without worries about future Thematic updates overwriting your code edits.

You don’t have to rewrite a bunch of code all over again–you’re just adding the bits that you want to be different. This works very much like the custom styles on WordPress.com hosted blogs.

I’ve collected together 40+ Thematic resources, tutorials and links to help you get up and running faster.

Thematic and WordPress Child Theme Basics

Theme Hooks

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Thematic Tutorials

Editing Parts of Your Theme With Thematic

There is a whole series of tutorials on the Thematic website for edit particular parts of your WordPress theme:

Thematic Cheat Sheets

  • Thematic Structure Cheat Sheet
    A visual look at all of Thematic’s main elements–div’s, theme actions, hooks and widget areas. Very, very useful.
  • Widget-Ready Areas
    Images of widget-ready areas for each major template and section of Thematic.

Thematic Child Themes

There are already some nicely-designed Thematic child themes.

Acamas
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SimpleCart (js) – E-commerce theme
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Audry
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Gallery
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Aether
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Sugar Cane
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Update: 3HoursTheme (by Matteo Stagi. Also includes tutorials to help you to use the theme)
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Cosmos Labs

I can’t include Thematic themes without mentioning Cosmos Labs. They have released several nice child themes. Here are a few.

Byty
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Street
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Early Morning
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Commune
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Crystalline
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Element Templates

These are not full child themes, but themes for specific parts of a WordPress site that can be used along with another child theme.

Hopefully these links will give you a good place to start using Thematic.

What Do You Use?

Do you use Thematic? Do you use some other WordPress framework? Tell us in the comments.

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