1. BrianK

    There is nothing but potential for Theme Hybrid. This community you built will continue to grow. I think the ideas you have in mind are all positive toward building a larger, more engaged WordPress community.

    I think Hybrid Core is also leading the charge of rethinking the parent / child theme relationship. Certainly your best product yet and others will undoubtedly follow.

  2. paul de wouters


    my offer to help still stands, in any way 🙂

    your plugins get a lot of attention from the community (you probably mean you haven’t updated them in a while)

    happy new year

    • Justin Tadlock

      I mean that they don’t have a dedicated section on this site outside of the forums for plugins. I want to set up a page called “Plugins” (like we have for themes now) that links to individual plugins and has online tutorials.

      New people to the site might not realize that there’s plugin support or even that I’ve written plugins until after they’ve joined.

      Those are the things I want to fix.

  3. David Mallard

    Happy New Year to you, Justin.

    Having just got my new personal site online — running a child of Prototype for the moment, with plans to develop my own Hybrid Core parent theme down the road — I’ve found that your themes and plugins are helping me get my head around WordPress, web design and PHP all at once. Aside from Prototype, I’m building your Series plugin and Clean My Archives from DevPress into the site — and I’ve modeled my permalink structure on your sites as well, since it’s a setup that gives users the best chance at hitting a useful page if they guess or truncate a URL.

    Between the quality of your work and the excellent community on this site, there’s a great foundation. It sounds like your planned directions will keep those things — and add even more useful resources — while making it easier for visitors to connect with the information they need. I look forward to it.

    • Justin Tadlock

      Those types of permalink structures always made since to me. I can find an archive by just cutting off the last part of the URL.

      Clean My Archives is probably my favorite plugin. I just needed something simple to handle my own archives that didn’t have 100 different options.

  4. mp

    I see it as a natural evolution. Building child theme now is now, relatively, commonplace – and there are many examples of how to do it out there. Understanding the implementation of a new capability based on a “core” – bridges the gap between “just getting something done” by combing through the CODEX (and not being sure if you’ve done it the right way) and truly understanding WordPress features and capabilities.

    I consider this to be the premier “best practices” site for WordPress – hands-down – especially for those who write code. I send people here when they want to understand WordPress – and not simply work around their ignorance – myself included.

    Keep up the good work – I’m along for the ride.

    • Justin Tadlock

      To me, it sounds a bit funny to mention evolution here. Usually, when you think of something as evolving, you think of it as becoming a more complex system. But, I’m moving forward to a simpler system. The idea is to take all of these great advancements we’ve had with themes over the last few years in WordPress and simplify everything.

      I originally got into theming because I wanted to be a designer. Well, it turned out that I needed to be a developer to get anything done. Now that I’ve crossed a lot of the hurdles of development, I’d love to get back to what got me started in the first place.

      I’ve got several thoughts I’d like to expand on in regard to the evolution of themes and my path though. I need more time to put them all together. Maybe a new blog post is warranted.

      • keeks

        I agree evolution does make things more complex but you are combining evolution with innovation. I was reading a book on objective-C the other day and they compared the programming aspect to the functions of a clock. Users don’t really care about how it all functions, just that it functions and they know what time it is. You are innovating ways to make complicated things simple and continue to push that envelope.

        Glad you were able to start the year watching your Tigers win!

  5. Ipstenu

    A prime example of this is the Hybrid News theme. If I built that theme today, it would be a parent theme.

    I suppose that begs the question … would you ever consider making a replacement for Hybrid News that was it’s own parent theme?

    • Justin Tadlock

      I’ve got another news theme in mind that I might build. I’m not sure if I’ll ever make Hybrid News itself a parent theme, at least not any time soon. That would likely cause some confusion.

  6. mike

    will the new documentation be free to access?

  7. Thangaraju

    Ya off-course everything goes new……..

  8. jamil

    FYI, on evolution: it is a fallacy that “evolvution” has anything whatsoever to do with the supposed inevitability of “increasing complexity”. That, in fact, is a rather crude, undialectical understanding of the term. Even Darwan would have winced at the supposition.

    Much of the time evolution is startlingly simply, even “simplistic” to use an anthropocentric term. The point, rather, is that an organism adapts continuously to a changing an environment; an environment that the organism itself changes and thus coevolves with. This can of course mean “complexity” (itself a rather diffuse term) but I think it would be an error to assume—what I really think you meant—”less accessible.”

    Given the efficacious, as well as elegant, solutions that emerge from a well-designed and supported community interaction, “evolution” is actually quite an appropriate term. Especially when it is drained of all its ideological baggage.

    See Levins and Lewontin, _Dialectiacal Biologist_ and Foster, _Marx’s Ecology_.

  9. jamil

    I really wish I could have corrected my spelling of Darwin. Oh well, this will have to do.

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  12. boomboom

    Your evolution path is interesting and exciting. I have also seen my own themes going down that road. Initially when I was just a newbie to WP, my themes used to be overtly complicated. As I gradually started learning more, they began becoming more and more simplified and clean and yet have better functionality. I just love your Hybrid Core though it still takes me time to get to know all the functionalities by looking at the files 🙂 I am looking forward to the documentation.

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