Smarter Theme Development


Ian Stewart who is the creator of the Thematic theme framework is currently in the process of putting together a series which explains how to cut theme development time, easier theme modifications, and the power of child themes. The first two parts of this guide are already online and covers child theme basics and modular CSS in child themes. Ian plans on covering the following topics in the future:

  • Using Filter Hooks in WordPress Child Themes
  • Using Action Hooks in WordPress Child Themes
  • Creating WordPress Child Themes
  • Publicly Releasing WordPress Child Themes

Although this guide ends up using Thematic as the prime example, you should be able to pick up a few tips and tricks to implement if you’re not using Thematic.




  1. Greg Molyneux (3 comments.) says:

    Ian really has an outstanding thing going with his Thematic Framework. I am running thematic and a child theme on my site and I have been completely satisfied with thematic. As mentioned above, the documentation on Ian’s site is very thorough and covers many of the nuances for successful child theme development. I certainly know that it has helped me improve from being a complete child theme novice. I’m glad you guys are featuring his work.

  2. The Frosty @WPCult (11 comments.) says:

    Looking forward to that. I’ve just released a child theme for Justin Tadlocks Hybrid Theme, posted on your news forum -> here.

    I would like to do that same for the Thematic theme in the near future.

  3. Satranç (1 comments.) says:

    You can also find some good content about this at . He is head developer of hybrid theme framework at, .

  4. Deven (1 comments.) says:

    Indeed, we all wordpress developer need to cut down our time we spend on development, surely its going to rock.

  5. Lisa (1 comments.) says:

    Justin Tadlock turned me on to the power of a strong framework and the use of child themes—what an eye opener! My site now has revolving looks for different times of the year, which my customers love, and each look takes just a few minutes to create.


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