A guide to the Hybrid theme

Hybrid is a user-friendly, search-engine optimized theme framework, featuring 18 custom page templates and 9 widget-ready areas, allowing you to create any type of site you want.

What this means is that the possibilities are endless. It is about rethinking how WordPress themes should work. It looks simple on the outside, but you can do nearly anything with enough creativity. Everyone from first-time WordPress users to advanced developers and designers can take advantage of this theme framework.

Theme Options

Each theme option has been carefully weighed and removed then added again in an attempt to only put things that matter into the WordPress backend. Theme options are about sharing your content with the world.

Every theme option available is there for your convenience, but they won't bloat your site or get in the way of your customization. In fact, you can ignore the options altogether and run your site.

Widgets

Hybrid comes with a lot of widget options. If used along with a plugin such as Widget Logic, you can have a powerful site with dynamic widgets. All widget areas completely collapse if there are no widgets active, which leaves you with a clean layout without extra markup.

Hybrid also does a massive overhaul of the default WordPress widgets. You'll be presented with more options than ever before and can use most widgets an unlimited number of times. Talk about true power over your WordPress-powered site.

Page Templates

This framework is packaged with loads of useful page templates. Page templates change the way a page displays or functions depending on the particular template you've chosen.

Child Themes

When I call Hybrid a theme framework, I mean it. It is meant to be used as a base theme to build from. What this allows us to do is extend it through child themes.

Yes, you can create your own theme. Even if you're a total noob to WordPress!

Just create a new theme folder in your /wp-content/themes directory. Call it something like My Hybrid or some other much cooler name. So, you'd have a directory like /wp-content/themes/my-hybrid. Then, create a style.css file within your theme folder. At the top, add this information:

/* 
Theme Name: My Hybrid
Theme URI: http://link-to-your-site.com
Description: Describe what your theme should be like.
Version: 0.1
Author: Your Name
Author URI: http://link-to-your-site.com
Tags: Add, Whatever, Tags, You, Want
Template: hybrid
*/

Now, you have your own theme! Of course, you might want to style it.

Here are a few stylesheets that will help you get started. Just add this to your new style.css file.

/* Get base 21px CSS */
@import url('../hybrid/library/css/21px.css');

/* Get a layout CSS */
@import url('../hybrid/library/css/2c-l-fixed.css');

/* Get the plugins CSS */
@import url('../hybrid/library/css/plugins.css');

/* Get the drop-downs CSS */
@import url('../hybrid/library/css/drop-downs.css');

/* Get default Hybrid CSS */
@import url('../hybrid/library/css/screen.css');

The 21px.css resets all browser defaults, gives you 21px margins, and sets up some nice typography for you to start with. The 2c-l-fixed.css sets up a two-column layout with the content on the left. The plugins.css sets some default styling for supported plugins. The drop-downs.css gives you some base styling for drop-down menus. The screen.css is the default theme CSS that you can overwrite.

Theme Support

The most authoritative source for finding out how to use the theme or do some nifty stuff is the theme documentation. I'll constantly update it with tutorials and frequently asked questions.

We also have a vibrant community at the Theme Hybrid Support Forums. If you ever lose the link, you can find it right from your Hybrid Settings page in your WordPress dashboard.

Built-in support for plugins

Frameworks & Other Code

Hybrid owes a lot of thanks to several CSS frameworks and code other people have worked hard at putting together. The default styles and extra stylesheets take ideas and code from many different frameworks and stylesheets.

Credit

I don't know if I can come close to naming all the people that should be credited, but I'll list some of the main folks.

Copyright & License

Hybrid is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPL).

This theme is copyrighted to Justin Tadlock and Theme Hybrid.

2008 – 2009 © Justin Tadlock. All rights reserved.