Charisma, Free Genesis Child Theme

Charisma is a free Genesis child theme that will work perfectly for your WordPress personal blog.

When I started designing Charisma I had in mind an elegant, simple, well structured theme which highlights the content and gives the user a pleasurable reading experience.

Charisma, Free Genesis Child Theme

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Exclude posts from WordPress Navigation in Thematic

Let’s say you have a certain category that you want to be displayed some place other than on your main blog page. No big deal, you just exclude your special category from the main index loop.

Now, you’re probably also want to make some changes to the single post navigation, and make it so that single posts in your special category won’t get posts from any other category in their navigation links. And also, chances are you’ll want to exclude posts from your special category from the navigation links of posts in all other categories.

In other words, in the navigation links of single posts from your special category you’ll only get posts from that category, and in the navigation links of posts from all other categories, you’ll get posts from all categories except your special category. Two separate navigations.

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Early Morning Child Theme

This elegant WordPress theme was inspired by the colors of the early morning as I see them from my window. It’s light, elegant and pleasantly surprising.

This theme doesn’t scream at you, instead it takes a step back and lets the user read. Please don’t spoil it by putting ads on it!

Early Morning - A refreshing child theme for Thematic

Early Morning – A refreshing child theme for Thematic

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Add “Featured Posts” to your Thematic child theme

Featured Posts for Thematic

Featured Posts for Thematic

Featured posts are common in WordPress magazine themes. They let you promote hot topics and bring your best articles right in front of your users.

First thing we need to do is create a thematic child theme. This way we won’t make direct changes to Thematic.

The featured posts will be inserted on the home page before the rest of the articles. We’ll display the latest 3 posts which are tagged ‘featured’.

preview thematic child theme

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Street WordPress Theme

Street is something that was created from a spark of inspiration, something that I felt should look like this. This wasn’t thought out nor planed.

It uses the beautiful Vegur Free Font for the headings and main menu, implemented by Cufon (text replacement technique). I’ve spent a great deal of time searching for the perfect free font for this theme, but I think I found the right combination.

While this child theme is just a skin for Thematic, because this exact reason is also functional. You have access to all 13 Widget Areas Thematic uses, the semantically correct HTML that is great for SEO, can use a page template that spans the entire width of the page without the sidebars and even you can upload your own logo or header image from the “Street Theme Options”.



An elegant Child Theme for Thematic

I hope you’ll enjoy using this theme as much I enjoyed creating it!

In order to install it you have to download the Thematic Theme (from which this child theme inherits all of the functionality), upload both themes (Street and Thematic) to your server in the themes folder AND THEN ACTIVATE the Street theme.

Add a search box to the thematic menu

A search box in main menu is something a lot of themes have by design. Although this is not the case with the Thematic Theme Framework, it’s easy to customize it with a few lines of code.

First thing we need to do is create a thematic child theme. This way we won’t make direct changes to Thematic.

The search box will be displayed on the right of the menu, inside of the #access div. The way Thematic hooks and actions were constructed will first need to remove the thematic_access() action from the thematic_header() hook. If all this sounds a bit difficult fear not. All you have to do is add this code inside of functions.php file of your child theme (don’t forget the <?php opening tag and the ?> ending tag).

// Remove default Thematic actions
function remove_thematic_actions() {
If everything is working properly when you reload your Wordpress installation the entire menu would have disappear! <strong>Now we can create our own menu WITH the search box on the right of it! </strong>Add this code at the end of your <em>functions.php</em>:
// Create a custom access div with the menu and search box
function search_access() { ?&gt;

Reload your page and the search box will be there, but not where you expected it to be! We’ll need to add a bit of css styling to it.

Go ahead and open the style.css and at the end of it add this css code:

	border-top:1px solid #ccc;
	border-left:1px solid #ccc;
	border-right:1px solid #ccc;
	padding:2px 0 0 4px;

This is it! You now have successfully added a search box to the right of your thematic main menu!

Green anyone? Try Commune – Thematic Child Theme!

Update 11.17.2010

The category image was removed and all thumbnails are now created using the Featured Image default functionality. If no Featured Image is added a default image appears in place.


Simply put I have been lazy lately. I know this isn’t the best way to sell my self but a little bit of honesty hasn’t hurt anyone (or has it? ). So without further ado I here by present you Commune Child Theme based on Thematic!

As far as I know it’s the first magazine like Thematic child theme released for free!


Is it a bird, is it a plane?
Hardly! Just a Thematic Child Theme with a twist!

There are many reasons why you should consider using the “Commune child theme” :

  • It’s green
  • It’s a Thematic Child Theme – this being said it has all the features Thematic has including fully widget-ized with widget areas above and below the content—and even in-between.
  • Lets you upload your own logo / banner image through an admin panel
  • Uses the Featured Image functionality
  • It was designed to work with the Tabbed Widget Plugin and WP-PageNavi plugin (update – Tabbed widgets doesn’t currently work with WordPress 2.8)
  • The main menu displays all your categories and subcategories
  • Tested and works on all modern browsers: Firefox 3, IE7, Safari, Google Chrome

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Installing WordPress Child Themes and Customizing the Byty Theme


Since I’ve launched by first WordPress Child Theme based on Thematic I thought writing about how you can make small changes to the theme and put your own graphical logo, add css for other plugins, basically create a customized version of it.

This post is divided in 4 different parts, particularly:

  1. Installing WordPress Child Themes
  2. Adding your Own Logo
  3. Adding a standard top ad banner to your page
  4. Creating css to style plugins that do not display perfectly on your theme

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