Thematic is a WordPress theme framework, designed by Ian Stewart. It is based on the popular 960 grid CSS framework. Before going on to describe my findings on this theme-framework below are the points for the Framework.
|Theme Framework||Quality of Code||Ease of usage||Design Possibilities||Default SEO Score|
- Firstly, I have to admit that Thematic is a beautiful and well polished code and the Themeshaper team has done a great job. It is flexible and simple in customization. With 13 widget areas on the theme a lot of options exist for the end user. The code is complex yet easy to work with when it comes to creating child themes.
- However, due to its complex nature there is a small learning curve which you can gather from the documentation and some helpful links such as Thematic FrameWork Structure.
- Although Design possibilities depends upon the web designer and neat code only helps in achieving these objectives I was could not find any drawbacks in the theme apart from the learning curve which really is a concern.
- By default thematic has inbuilt SEO parameters however it largely relies on plugins such as All in one SEO Pack and platinum SEO pack which they recommend. I would off course recommend using "Vibe SEO Pack".
I searched for existing free wordpress themes on Thematic and all I found was blogging themes apart from the Gallery (a gallery theme) and Simple Cart (A WP eCommerce Theme) , so I decided to build a corprate theme with Thematic to test its power.
vThematic : A Free WordPress Theme based on Thematic
Download below (Membership is FREE ! Click top menu ->Join the Vibe to login or register):
How to Setup vThematic:
- Download Thematic and install.
- Download Zip and Install
- Install vSlider
- Create a vSlider called homepage with width and height as 928x380px
- Create a Page with page template "vThematic homepage" and enter this page id in exclude pages list.
- Go to vThematic options in appearance and make changes in the home page text.
- Change the Logo and Twitter account from Vthematic options page.
- Click Save and you are ready to Go!!
Apart from vThematic, here are top 5 shortlisted themes for thematic:
- Gallery : By Chris Wallace [ Preview | Download ]
- Simple Cart: By Chris Wallace [ Preview | Download ]
- Crystalline [ Preview | Download ]
- Early Morning [ Preview | Download ]
- Commune [Preview | Download ]
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