Byty the Free Child Theme – Built on Thematic

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This is my first Free to Download Child Theme. It was built for a friend of mine and we decided to release it for free in hope of some extra publicity 🙂 .

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 (Byty and Thematic) to your server in the themes folder AND THEN ACTIVATE the Byty theme.

To make matters short here is a screen shot:

Over the next week I’ll post small tips and tutorials about how to customize this theme in order to remove/change the top ad, style plugins that are not normally supported, etc.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Blogs that are using this theme

If you are using this Child Theme leave a comment and I’ll add you to this list

Byty has been updated to the latest version of Thematic (0.9) and will not work with older versions!

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119 thoughts on “Byty the Free Child Theme – Built on Thematic

  1. I really like it. I never miss any Thematic Child theme. Just decided today to base my blog on it after playing with it on and off the for last 6 months. I had been using Ian’s MNML but now Thematic is the new sandbox of modern WordPress theme development.

    So very nice I am downloading it and exploring child theme dev with thematic. I have been spending so much time learning child themes from Justin Tadlock’s site themehybrid that I needed to break a bit and work with a new wordpress theme framework.

    thanks again Ian

  2. Hi Craig!

    That looks great! I’ve just added you to the list of blogs that are using it!

    There are still a few quirks to solve with the theme (I didn’t design it for Categories or archives with the number of posts in it ).

    Also please send me a list of plugins that you are using and aren’t displaying perfectly (from what I can see the Related Posts plugin and the rsswidget could use some improvements) so I can update the theme’s css for those as well.

    I do have one question: Do you think the design for wordpress pages should be the same as the one for wordpress posts? (currently the posts are contained inside a gray area)

    Thanks for your feedback!

  3. Well I think theme developers who wish to extend WordPress as a CMS which I am All in on should have like Justin Tadlock have at least a full width page option for a page template. He also allows one to customize the sidebar for a page (familiar). I have been a big big fan of a 3 col widget footer; best thing since sliced bread. To be able to compose a page using various styles kinda like wpremix might be popular.

    Ian has taken it many steps further by putting widgets everywhere and has taken WordPress to a level that few have. Which is where the Drupal and Joomla people (I threw up in my mouth a little sorry lol) always can’t see wordpress as a CMS.

    I have and live it…

  4. Hi Cristi, love your work!

    I seem to have some problems with this Child theme. When I activate it, I got these errors:
    Warning: require_once(/home/xxxxe/public_html/xxxx/wordpress/wp-content/themes/thematic/library/extensions/theme-options.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/xxxx/public_html/xxxx/wordpress/wp-content/themes/thematic/functions.php on line 10

    Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required ‘/home/xxxx/public_html/xxxx/wordpress/wp-content/themes/thematic/library/extensions/theme-options.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php’) in /home/xxxx/public_html/xxxx/wordpress/wp-content/themes/thematic/functions.php on line 10
    This seems to happen also when I try to activate the Thematic theme itself.

    Any pointers? Much appreciated.

  5. @Stan – This seams to be a problem with the Thematic framework. What I think happened is that Thematic didn’t get uploaded correctly to the server. Delete Thematic and re-upload it and try again. If this fails go over to the and post this problem there since that is the official support forum for thematic.

  6. Cristi – I really love it!

    I have used it with a blog for a retired minister friend virtually unchanged (see url as supplied).

    I also plan to use it as the basis for a larger blog for someone else but it has problems with a widget I wish to use. It does not work properly with the widget ‘collapsing categories’ ( ) .

    You will see what it looks like at whereas it should (and does loke if Thematic itself is used ) look like the author’s screenshot at .
    It should have the + sign and the number of posts – (1) and (3) – all be on the same line with the category name not spread over 3 lines. Since the widget works with Thematic OK I presume it is the css of BYTE that needs tweeking.

    Any ideas please??

  7. @JonnB – Glad you like the child theme. As you suspected the reason why that plugin doesn’t work it’s because the way how the css for the Byty theme was created.

    Try to add the following code to the extra.css file:
    #collapsCatList a{

    I haven’t tested it but it should work.

  8. Brilliant, it works!! Thanks very much.

    I had got guilty about not trying more myself (especially as your css file was so well annotated) and found by trial & error that the style.css entry that appeared to cause problems was

    .aside ul.xoxo li ul li a{
    padding:2px 2px 2px 10px;
    border-top:1px solid #fff;
    border-bottom:1px solid #e6e5e5;

    but not how to cure it.

    Thanks again.

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  10. Wonderful child theme – thx for sharing!

    I was playing around with and noticed that the numbers of numbered lists don’t show up in postings with IE 7 browser. Firefox works fine.

    Anybody an idea how to get around this IE bad behavior?

  11. This must be a bug if I’m not mistaking. I’ll have a look but I don’t think I’ll be able to make an updated version of it until next year :). Sorry.

  12. Hey Christi,
    Nice kid ya got here. If tested it using WampServer before going live on my site. Want to get it just right.
    One little snag, I uploaded an image for background in the header, expanded it to size, looks nice (I think) and the Title shows over the image as it should in IE7 BUT, the Title disappears when I access the site using FireFox.
    Any Ideas?

  13. @Joe, glad you like the Theme. I’m not exactly sure what your problem is! I would need to see a live test of it to be able to see what’s going on.


  14. Christi,
    I had the opacity UN commented out & it worked for IE7.
    I put back in the /* to comment out the opacity code & now it works on both (and hopefully all) browsers.

  15. Oh yea, the display was “block” originally and I had to change it to “inline”
    Works well now.
    Check my site next week and see what it looks like (I have to upgrade to WP 2.7 first)

  16. @Matt – The Byty theme looks great in purple :). Really like it!
    @Imran Hussain – The logo looks great. Really blends in with the rest of the theme! To be honest I can’t wait for Windows 7. Keep up the good work!

  17. Hey Cristi,
    It’s Alive!
    Pretty much the way things will look, just a few tweaks here and there now.
    Thanks for such a great child theme to start off with.

  18. @Cristi thanks for the compliment. I have an issue where all my comments are appearing with the permalink{post title}/comments-page-1/#comment-xx
    Can u help me out on why that comments-page-1 bit is appearing in between? I don’t rmmbr it happening before installing byty.

  19. @Imran Hussain – I’m not sure why that is happening. I’ve looked over the permalinks for comments on your site and they appear without “/comments-page-1/”. Have you experimented with paginated comments?

  20. @Terrence Brannon I’m glad you like the theme. I didn’t like how indented categories looked like and that is why I didn’t implement them, but if you like/need them indented add the following code to the end of style.css file inside Byty theme:

    .aside ul.xoxo li ul li ul a{
    background:url(images/folder-ico.gif) 7px 3px no-repeat #f1f1f1;
    .aside ul.xoxo li ul li ul li ul a{
    background:url(images/folder-ico.gif) 14px 3px no-repeat #f1f1f1;
    .aside ul.xoxo li ul li ul a:hover{
    background:url(images/folder-ico.gif) 7px 3px no-repeat #d2d2d2;
    .aside ul.xoxo li ul li ul li ul a:hover{
    background:url(images/folder-ico.gif) 14px 3px no-repeat #d2d2d2;

    I hope this helps!

  21. Yes, I turned off paginated comments which fixed that issue. Although it was weird for it to appear in the first place.
    I’m loving the theme as well as my readers 🙂 thanks so much!
    p.s. can u add comment reply notifications/subscribe to comments to this post?

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  23. Hi!

    Using your exelent child theme form my t-shirt blog. It’s not gone live just yet, but it will soon. One little problem though. I can’t seem to change the color on the links in the side panels exept for categories. How do I do that?

  24. Hi Cristi,

    Sofar your theme is one of the most beautiful seen (and tried) sofar. I will gradualy start customising it but for now it is up and running practically unchanged on my site. Thanks for the good work!

    PS in the above comments you mentioned the style of the RSS widget could use some work to match the rest of the theme, any idea when you will have the time to update this? Or perhaps you can direct me in the right direction where to adjust the theme to resolve this.

    Regards, Gilles

  25. Cristi,

    I was referring to the difference between the default WP rss widget containing the rss links to de blog posts and/or comments and the default WP rss widget that allows you to show any rss feed in your sidebar.

    The logos and title colors differ between the two widgets.

    Regards, Gilles

  26. @Gilles van der Have – I now see what you mean! 🙂 The thing is that the icons are different because the WP rss widget that allows you to show any rss feed uses an image next to the header that also is a link (hence the blue color), while the default WP rss widget for posts and comments uses a background image that is used by it alone and no other widget!

    To fix this add this code at the end of style.css of the childtheme:

    .aside ul.xoxo li.widget_rss h3{
    padding-left: 25px;
    background-image: url(images/rss_bg.gif);
    .aside ul.xoxo li.widget_rss h3 a{
    color: #da7f13;
    .aside ul.xoxo li.widget_rss h3 a img{

    This should pretty much do the trick! Let me know if this worked for you (I haven’t tested it 🙂 ). I think I’ll include this in a future versions of the theme, just that I don’t know when that will happen because I’m really busy at the moment!

    1. Hi,

      I really like your child theme.

      I just had one question: how to I remove the “2d” column (blogroll/meta/feed) ?

      I tried to tweak stuff under thematic and took a look at your files, but can not find anything (I am still new to css and php)!



      1. They are setup as defaults in the Widget Panel “Secondary Aside”. Just select that widget area and add an empty text widget. That will overwrite the defaults! Let me know if that did the trick for you. Also you can post a link to your site so I can see what exactly it’s going on there!

        1. Thanks Cristi.

          I am testing locally for now (using xampp).
          I did, but there is still an empty space. I also updated to thematic 0.95, and removed blogroll ….

          I am trying to get the same widget space on the righta s with the Commune child theme (

          I like yours and the Commune one (but yours has better color, no indetended post/category and the blog description is neatly placed!)

          Any idea ?

          I am really new to css. Lots of trial and error but am learning!

          I am also trying to have a custom and fixed menu side on top (that I input myself). Any idea for that ?

        2. To be honest you’ll have to make quite a few CSS modifications.

          I would start by changing @import url(‘../thematic/library/layouts/3c-r-fixed.css’); with @import url(‘../thematic/library/layouts/2c-r-fixed.css’);

          After that remove inside the css the width for the #content div, #primary and #secondary and see how that goes.

          Let me know how that worked for you!


  27. Cristi,

    I thought I wrote you but may be wrong. I want to child them Byty. Can that be done in the usual way. will your style import the thematic stuff also??


  28. Great theme! Thanks a lot. I was just editing some parts of the style.css to try and learn more about php and css and I want to keep the blog title within the h1 tags for search engine benefits, but I’m trying to place the logo.jpg OVER my blog title; however, because it’s a background command the logo displays under it. I know this must be a stupid question but how do I alter the codes so my logo.jpg can cover the blog title?

  29. Making “Pages” act like “Categories” **Help needed, been staring at the screen forever confused. Here’s the page I’m editing:

    The links listed across the top are “pages” but I have named them to reflect the nine categories I’d like displayed there. The “Stores” link in the sidebar are “true” WordPress Categories and will be deleted from the sidebar once the menu bar works correctly. When you click on “Baby” in the sidebar categories ( ) , recent Baby posts are displayed (Example Baby Post) but no article image. When you click on “Baby” in the menu bar across the top of the page ( ) , a is displayed showing the titles of some recent Baby posts.

    What I’d like to do is have the menu bar across the top to display information like the categories currently do, as post “previews” rather than an of recent posts, and with an addition of the preview article image after the post title but before the post preview text.

    When you click on Baby in the menu bar across the top, it should have a similar look to the main blog page, ( ) in that previews of posts are displayed WITH an image (Post Title, a main Post article image, and about 8 lines of preview text before the “Read More” link is displayed.

    Right now I’m having some problems getting the posts’ preview images to show up on the Categories pages, which preview the articles in that category. Can I get the Categories to display the Title, Article Image, and Article Text Preview, and then can I also set up the menu bar to accept those WordPress categories as links?

    ***Redundant, but I wanna be thorough in all that I mentioned above: Is there a way to set up the current menu bar to display the Category titles instead of Page titles and then link to a listing of all recent posts within that category, in the style of the main page, which includes the Post Title, the Article’s main image, and 8-10 lines of preview article text before the “Read More” bump. Even moreso, can I limit the number of recent posts displayed on those Pages (like 10 recent posts snippets are shown with an article image, and the end of the page “read older articles” or something similar is displayed to read older posts.)

    1. Hi Marcus.

      What you want… is somewhat complicated 🙂

      To display categories instead of pages here is a short tutorial for it:

      Now for the images and preview. If I understood correctly, you want to display a short preview of the post and the post image. The easiest way would be to add two plugins. One would convert your homepage into the short articles ( and the other one would add a small thumbnail image ( .

      I haven’t tested this so I can’t guarantee you that it will work. Another solution would be a custom developed theme or trying to find another theme that dose all these things by default.

      Let me know how this worked out for you!

      1. Yes this worked PERFECTLY for me, THANKS! I tried it when you suggested and had no problems. But then I realized the excerpts that were being generated by the plug in you suggested were kinda weak, they included a 100×100 thumbnail or 100×100 px area for your thumbnail image to fit within, which was terrible for landscape or portrait images. So, I switched to Excerpt Editor by . The MORE button in your theme “read_more.gif” and “read_more_o.gif” I customized. It shows up in the excerpts on the main index page but not on the excerpts in the categories page. I don’t think this has much to do with the plug in, but let me know if I am wrong about that. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get the customized READ MORE button to show up in the excerpts on the category pages?

        Once again, thanks for your help with my previous problem, it was perfect, and gave me a little more insight about how the theme works.

        ***Unrelated:In the nested drop down categories, how can I apply the same CSS style to the hover state of those nested tags as in their parent categories. What I mean is, when I add a sub category with a image change on mouse over, it’s hover state is different from the hover state of the regular category images. Wow. That’s a lot of questions, I understand if they are not all answerable. Sorry for the mass up but I’m stuck on these few issues. THX, Marcus [ see the site at www. eco logic mall .com / main ]

  30. Hi again. I have two problems, here’s one:

    Do you see how one category page “starts” higher than the other? I’ve identified a foreign tag I have no idea where it comes from. Anyone have this problem? I’m having the strangest little quirks vex me since starting my wordpress project. Thank you, anyone, for clues / help.


    1. Hi Marcus,


      comes from the title of the category you’re on. Also the templates of the category and index are taken from inside thematic. If you want to modify them just copy paste those files inside your theme! Then make the needed modifications!

    1. I have tried setting blog-title display to none but it affects both the blog title and the how can i only replace the title without affecting the menu.any help is highly appreciated.


    1. Now that I’ve seen it I can tell you that I have never tested it with Buddymatic and that I don’t have any future plans for this.

      However, Child Themes get all the functionality from the parent theme, thus you need to edit the style.css file of Byty and change
      “Template: thematic”


      “Template: buddymatic”

      This will get you started but from here on you’re on your own! 🙂

  31. always looking for clean crisp and minimalist designs for a blog on wordpress. i like the byty blue. this one is a keeper.thanks.

  32. Hi

    Did everything as per the instructions; d.loaded theamatic & Byty – uploaded themes in order & activated byty. This is what I get

    ” Fatal error: Call to undefined function wp_nav_menu() in /homepages/37/d94648496/htdocs/blog/wp-content/themes/byty/functions.php on line 28 ”

    I’m still using WP 2.8.6


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  36. Hello Crist

    Love to see your child theme, anyway i just installed both theme the themtic and byty, , after active the byty seems the content not display correctly or not showing as normally

    did i do something wrong .. not sure what this


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