Free WordPress Child Theme: Boumatic

Boumatic is a three column WordPress child theme for the Thematic theme framework by Ian Stewart. Child themes are much better explained here but essentially they allow you to create theme layouts and designs without editing the source theme’s template files. Makes things really easy when it’s time to upgrade your theme files. The name, Boumatic comes from the concept of Boumas in typography. When reading, people can recognize words by deciphering the shape of a cluster of letters, not just the individual letters. Needless to say this is another type driven/minimal design. Although my main goal was to experiment with Thematic and find out how drastically the appearance could be changed with only CSS and a few hooks and filters.

Check out a live demo of Boumatic here.

Download Boumatic & Download Thematic (Both themes are required to get it working.)

Read more about it here.


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  1. Posted Nov 23, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Hi, just thought I’d say a big thank you for providing a lovely child theme for Thematic. I’ve wanted something along these lines for a while. I’ve just installed on my blog, upgraded to WordPress 2.7 and it’s all good. It needed some tweaking here and there, and I’m sure that if you look again at my blog in a few days’ time it’ll look remarkably different, but I’ll keep a credit link in there to this blog post.

    Thanks so much – nicely done!


  2. Posted Nov 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for checking out Boumatic Stef!
    I haven’t had the chance to test this Child Theme in WP 2.7 just yet, but I am glad it’s working for you so far. Thanks for the credit link as well.


  3. Posted Dec 10, 2008 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Allan, this is my favorite of the free child themes and it looks fantastic on my site already. Do you have any idea how I could get the built-in 2.6 captions to show up in it? Again, thanks for the fantastic theme.

  4. Posted Dec 10, 2008 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Allan, disregard my last comment. I forgot that I already commented on this on a different post. Thanks again for the great theme.

  5. Posted Dec 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Hey Eric,
    It looks like the Typogrify Plugin is causing the missing captions issue. To make the captions re-appear you can just de-activate the plugin OR un-check the “Apply SmartyPants to text” option. Not sure why this plugin is causing issues, but i’m sure an update/fix will be available soon.

  6. Posted Dec 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Allan! It works like a charm with typogrify deactivated.

  7. Posted Dec 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Very nice work, Allan! Really like your design for this site and the themes you’re releasing. Great stuff.

    • Posted Dec 15, 2008 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Robert! That means a lot.

  8. Posted Jan 20, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    good theme love it

    Yours sincerely,

  9. Posted Apr 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Great theme, working really well for us. I could use a little help, though. I can’t figure out how to add anything to the left-hand sidebar. Anybody?

    • Posted Apr 14, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ginger,
      There is no left sidebar. Both of the sidebars on the right column. If you’d like to add content to the left column you will have to customize the theme. You should look into CSS and WordPress Theme Development & customization. Another great resource is the WordPress Forums. Hope that helps.

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