To Get Started…
- Install Thematic — Your Parent Theme (note this links downloads Thematic direct from WordPress.org — you may prefer to install it directly from your theme admin.)
- Download and Install Commune Child Theme
- See working DEMO of Commune
- Refer to our tutorials about Thematic, functions, child themes, etc. if you are new to Thematic
Green is a good color. I think there is a significant reason why it is so dominant in the great outdoors. It’s just easy on the eyes. The makers of the Commune theme must feel the same way since their latest Thematic child theme features prominent use of a soft, soothing green. In case you aren’t familiar with it, a Thematic child theme is an extension of the WordPress theme “framework” known as Thematic, which gives you tons of functionality and, best of all, is free. Thematic is actively maintained and updated (free — open source), so when you update Thematic, your child theme stays intact and continues to hook into the parent Thematic framework.
Magazine Style Done Right
The Commune theme, by Cristian Antohe, is a magazine styled blog theme. In the same way that magazines have highlighted feature articles that stand out on the front page or inside the cover, the Commune theme allows you to do the same and highlight some of your posts at the top of the page. By using WordPress’ built in “sticky” post functionality, you designate certain posts as features.
Magazines usually have lots of pictures, right? Commune makes it easy to keep your blog looking classy with featured images related to each post. One of the most loved features of this theme is its auto-resize functionality. This ensures that your pictures look great regardless of their original size. You also don’t have to mess around with replacing the default logo, there are included WordPress properties to change this without touching any code or modifying any graphics files.
The double layer of tab widgets is an awesome feature in the Commune child theme. Without going outside of already-familiar WordPress category configurations, you can parse your blog categories into various groupings which display along the top in a tabbed format. This is the kind of stuff that used to take lots of custom code to create. But here it is in your hands for the low price of zero dollars.
Too Green or Not Too Green
Another nice thing about this child theme is that it does not have a lot of graphic assets. Why is that important? Well, if, for some strange reason, you don’t like green as much as I do, you can pretty easily modify the few graphical assets and change a few color settings to get the child theme looking however you want.
I highly recommend this classy looking Thematic child theme. Getting set up with Thematic is easier than you’d think. Its just like downloading any other theme, except that once you have it on your site, an entire world of cool child themes, including Commune, are yours for the taking! Stay green!