As some of you folks out there know WP2.7 is getting closer. (im not sure how close, I haven’t been keeping up on the news) There’s a lot of new stuff and a fresh new admin section. I’ve been following the updates through the nightly builds, testing out some new theme options that come with this 2.7. New Comment Features which you should check out. here, here, & here. oh yeah and a Demo.

My Big Excitement!!! :cool:

WP 2.7 has a some new features for their Parent Child Theme operations, the biggest of which to me is the use of template pages in your child theme that override the Parent Theme. (what are Parent Child Thems??? read here & here)

This is a big deal because now Designers can concentrate their efforts on a master Parent Theme that can handle multiple layouts, better functions, admin options, special template pages && special loops. Every thing can be controlled from the child theme functions page and css. (im not talking about distributed work here, this is all in-house stuff)

What Have I Done 8-O

What I did was build a house without putting it together. Using actions you can put anything anywhere from the functions page. You can even create special loop(s); give it a query, format the loop contents and insert it into any available action. (i freaking wet my pants when i figured that one out)

Why does this matter?

If your HTML and CSS frame work are solid and you don’t plan on changing it anytime soon. Than all you’re adding are Functions, Usability and New Features. You can continually be adding and adding to your Parent Theme’s capabilities with out having to worry about what it looks like.

And!!! if you have three different sites all using the same Parent Theme but different Child Themes you can Update all three at once vs going into each one and messing with core stuff that’s irritating and tedious.

Things to Remember!!!

Don’t jump on this train to quick and start blindly into the tunnel. Do a little research first see what others have done and try and figure out why they did it.

For me the Best Example of a great Parent Theme is Thematic by Ian Stewart… ;-) The biggest help I found was that after seeing what was under the hood I realized I already had everything I needed I just had to organize it and simplify it.

Do your homework… and no this theme is not a child… this theme was a one night stand with an iStock photo… mmmm yummy iStock…

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