Thematic Retrospective

Dear friends,

Thematic was a truly unique and influential project that spanned over 7 years of development dating back to WordPress v2.6. It had 4 lead developers, many incredible contributors, a fine bunch of translators, at least a dozen awesome child theme developers, an altruistic support community, and the most awesome user base any theme author could wish for.

I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to this fine list of people who helped make Thematic awesome.

Ian Stewart, Chris Gossman, Gene Robinson(emhr), Karin Taliga(middlesister), Kathy Darling(helgatheviking), Scott Nix, Scott Frangos, Devin Price, dannydamnboy, hugo.baeta, sareiodata, Mariusz.Jamro,, Allan Cole, Dave Smith, Cristi Antohe, Chris Wallace, Altamente Decorativo, Able Parris, Hafiz Rahman, Leland at ThemeLab, JamesGeiger, vanpop, polnoft, petskratt, rcackerman, coliff, robYardman, d_rec, Kirk Wight, jopzrron, Jonny Janiero, xxxevilgrinxxx, jcollier, WraithKenny, ridgely

That’s not a complete list by any means. Simply a list of people who stand out in my memory. I welcome anyone to share their Thematic memories in the comments. I’d love to hear how Thematic helped you grow or what you think made Thematic great.

This is a sad moment for me. And yet a moment that is well overdue. It’s time to officially announce that the development of Thematic has ceased. In the end, Ian and I agreed it was time to let Thematic rest. We felt that it’s more recent development was better suited to exist as a fork.

In an effort to preserve Thematic’s legacy, I have forked it into: Deciduous, which picks up where Thematic’s development left off. Please take the time to drop in and star the project on GitHub if you’re interested in showing your support. If anyone is aware of other derivative projects of Thematic please share them in the comments. They may prove useful to someone in need of migration.

What does this mean for those of you who are actively using Thematic?

You will not be receiving updates from here on out. And gradually as WordPress evolves, Thematic may have compatibility issues that affect your site. I’m truly sorry but that is the bottom line and you deserve to know the truth.

What should you do if you have problems with your Thematic themed WordPress site?

Please visit the WordPress support forums for Thematic. The forums here will be closing down due to a lack of community involvement, moderation, and developer feedback. Hopefully the greater WordPress support community will be able to help you find a resolution.

I hope this news will bring some closure to those using the theme and left wondering what happened.


Please update your translations for upcoming Thematic 2.0

Thematic 2.0 is getting ready and the translations need to be updated. There are couple of handfuls of new strings that refer to the new Theme Customizer support and layout options. We are aiming to finish 2.0 by the end of the month, and would love to have as many complete translations as possible bundled with the theme.

Around January 30thWhen the release is ready, we will download the current state of the language files from glotpress, bundle them with the theme and send in the theme for review. Please note that we have no control over when the theme finally will appear in the directory so the exact release date is unknown.

For any translation not finished before January 30th the release is out, it is still of benefit to the users that they become updated on glotpress. The language files are available for download from there.

One new addition in 2.0 is the added support for language packs. When the feature launches on, Thematic will already be prepped to handle them. This means that the translation process will not be dependent on the release schedule of Thematic, but new translations can be published as they become finished. We will still use glotpress to handle them, but any finished translation can be pushed out to the community automatically without waiting for a new release of the theme.

The new glotpress translations live at

Happy translating!

Thematic 1.0.4

Version 1.0.4 has a number of improvements over the previous version.

  • I18n updates to almost every locale. I’d like to extend a big Thanks to all our translators and validators!
  • Middlesister and HelgatheViking were added to the contributors list on the readme  for their continued effort to make Thematic awesome. w00t!
  • Thematic is now supported for use with WordPress version 3.4 and above. Please upgrade your WordPress to it’s current release.
  • The Legacy- Dynamic Class bugs were resolved from the release
  • Props Scottnix for helping fix a warning in thematic_content() and cleaning up thematic_category_archives()
  • Props josephting for helpin restore thematic_validate_opt() to its intended functionality. Child themes can now override the options validation process effectively

Find a bug… report it here. Fix a bug! Even better… give us a pull request at github. Need support? Get it here.

This post is being published upon the version acceptance into the repo it may take a bit longer for the theme to appear in your WP’s auto-updater. If you want it early you can get version 1.0.4 here.


Thematic is availaible on github for anyone interested in testing the latest developments. Any comments and issue discussion of the beta can be made at our github issue tracker

There were dynamic class bugs introduced in Thematic version 1.o.3.1. The symptoms would be that your body and post class filters are not working properly. If you feel that you’ve been affected by them come by the forums. There is an active discussion of this issue here.

Whats Changed:

  • Fixed thematic_body_class() and thematic_post_class() to correctly filter body_class() and post_class()
  • Fixed nextpaged and excerpt classes in thematic_body_class() and thematic_post_class()
  • Removed _deprecated_function() from: thematic_body_class() thematic_post_class() childtheme_override_body_class() childtheme_override_post_class() due to issues with WP_DEBUG breaking the post div and body tag class attributes
  • Moved the thematic_bodyopen() functionality to thematic_body()
  • Deprecated thematic_bodyopen() because it was redundant
  • Moved thematic_body() and childtheme_override_thematic_body() from dynamic-classes.php to header-extensions.php

Thematic release notes

Thematic version has been released! You can get it from the WordPress theme repository.

What changed:

  • A parse error introduced in that was generated from the links.php has been fixed.
  • The latest language updates have been included. Thanks to all the translators and validators at
  • The custom header functionality of the included sample child theme has given some more attention.

For anyone who wants to see exactly what changed, the unified diff from the previous version can be seen on Trac. If you find yourself having trouble with the latest version com over to the forums to see if it’s being discussed and start a topic if you need help. If you find a bug our github issue tracker is the place to report it.