A couple of months ago, I opened a community forums topic asking about the types of child themes you wanted to see for the Hybrid theme framework. Since the topic has not gained much momentum, I thought I’d ask here on the blog.
What I have in mind involves two types of child themes: fully-designed themes and starter themes. I’ll explain what I mean by both of these below.
Fully-designed child themes
The child themes currently available here fall under this camp. These are themes that have a definite style, definite functionality, and are meant for a specific purpose. While these themes can be used to build from and can be completely changed, doing so is sometimes tough.
I see these types of themes as mostly being useful for users that simply want a finished design and not have to worry about it. They can also be useful for people with design skills that need a little inspiration from a preexisting design.
You all know what these child themes look like, and if you don’t, feel free to check out the demos for most of the currently available themes.
Starter child themes
What this post is really about is gauging how well this type of theme would be accepted.
A starter child theme would be something that has minimal style, a specific layout, and maybe some added functionality. The idea would be to keep it clean and allow you all to come up with some interesting designs.
I like this idea because:
- I can release more child themes like this.
- It allows users to have something that’s more personal.
- Everyone’s site will not look the same.
- Gives designers a chance to build client sites faster.
- Allows people to release customized child themes back to the community more easily.
Many people have asked me to release the child theme I put together for the Pop Critics Movie Database. Of course, I don’t like releasing personal designs, but I thought it’d be a good time to test the starter-theme idea. So, here’s a preview of the next child theme and a great example of what I’m talking about when I mentioned a starter theme.
What do you think?
So, the real question is whether you’d like to see some starter child themes released.
No, I won’t be choosing one style of child theme over the other. I would still release fully-designed child themes. I just want to know if you’d like to see something different thrown in the mix.