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  1. well that my favorite theme, simple, elegant, fast and with great functionality thanks Justin, for the theme and child themes and the support to me you two guys are almost the same justin tadlock for hybrid and ian stewart for thematic well ian joined automattic a while back but you are still doing all the work on your own, and i love this thing, while thematic is used {or i might have seen} for a building framework for most sites catswhoblog, catswhocode come to my mind, i haven’t seen or {i don’t remember} hybrid being used but i could never use thematic how hard its acamas child theme tried to lure me i am always with my hybrid, lavathon, hybrid original, hybrid news.
    it a great framework overall and i love it thanks for the theme and the support justin
    good luck, and thanks again

  2. Paul

    One quick question Justin,

    For Prototype’s users, they will just replace hybrid-core folder with the new one here, am I correct ?

    Thanks a lot for the update.


    1. No, Prototype should be updated just like any other theme. The only people that need to worry about the update of Hybrid Core are developers who are building parent themes.

      1. Paul

        Thank you very much for the quick reply.
        I will wait for next version of Prototype then.

  3. dbob

    Will Hybrid Theme be updated to the new core version?


    1. Yes, it’ll be out pretty soon, probably around the time WordPress 3.1 is out.


  4. As a complete newbie to WordPress theme design and someone interested in learning about using the Hybrid framework and a child theme to build my site, I admit I’m confused by the two Hybrids. What is the difference between the Hybrid Core and the Hybrid Theme? Thanks in advance for clearing this up for me!


    1. Yeah, I know, bad naming decisions. ;)

      Hybrid Core is a WordPress theme development framework. It’s a set of scripts to help in the theme development process, leaving the HTML, CSS, and scripts up to the theme developer.

      The Hybrid theme is a parent theme for people looking to build child themes. Child themes are essentially styles that modify the parent theme’s design in some way. However, you don’t have full control over things such as the markup.

      Here’s a post I wrote on the confusion about frameworks in the WordPress community.


      1. If I was created Hybrid Theme Child Theme, can I use it my child theme using Hybrid Core? How?

      2. diywm

        Just a suggestion, Justin, why not rename “Hybrid Core” as “Tadlock Core”.

        This will remove the ambiguity about naming (unless you have another core in you?). [ or maybe that is not such a good idea you if you have a quad-core Sandy Bridge i5 ]

        Maybe a better suggestion for Hybrid Core is “Mule” (which is indeed a hybrid) and does the work/heavy lifting that makes parent theme creation a piece of (carrot) cake.

        Anyway, I think Hybrid rocks and I thank you for it.

        [And you should charge more for this subscription]

  5. Joey

    Awesome! It’s amazing how you have been contributing so much for free to the open source community for free. I guess that’s why we folks just love you! Thanks so much Justin!

    I have been using Outline on an experimental website I set up when Outline came out. I have ever since been wanting to make a few changes here and there but didn’t want to make those changes in the theme because I’m a Java developer and new to PHP so I didn’t want to break anything. But you’ve just encouraged me to go and learn PHP with this new core stuff.

    I have a question though. I am planning on creating a website full of tutorials (lots of pages and subpages). For every tutorial, there will probably be related tutorials etc. I am not planning on filling the site with ads or unrelated stuff.. it’s going to be clean with no or near zero ads, follow icons, newsletter and “popular tutorials” on the right and a few other minor things. Which theme from the Hybrid family would you recommend for me to start out with for this website?

    1. Joey

      Oh, and one that allows me to have 2 levels of menus…

  6. Raise

    I tried to download the core files but the download link seems to be not working.

  7. Mike McKoy

    Hey justin… i’m confused.

    What is the difference between the Hybrid core 1.01 and Hybrid .09?

    I have hybrid .09 installed. Do I need to install the hybrid core?

    1. Mike McKoy

      nevermind… i see it :)


  8. I’ve just uploaded hybrid for a client/friend. This is what I get: Fatal error: Call to undefined function get_theme_support() in /home2/wheretog/public_html/hugsandlaughter/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/functions/sidebars.php on line 25

    I can’t even get back to my admin page to remove it. HELP.

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