Elegant Minimalism with Sophia, a Thematic Child Theme

Sophia is an elegant, minimalistic child theme for Ian Stewart’s Thematic. It’s a two column theme (right sidebar) and is based on the latest version of Thematic ( as of this post).

Sophia Thematic Child Theme

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Note that there’s no fancy graphics to distract your readers. No big ugly Twitter/Subscribe/whatever buttons. No Web 2.0 gradients. No abstract, colorful backgrounds. No intricately drawn icons.


Sophia is all about your content.

It wraps your ideas in tasteful typography and minimal decorations, then it gets out of the way completely.

Choose Sophia if you believe in substance over style.

Choose Sophia if you need the least friction between your reader and your writings.

Choose Sophia if you want your writing to be the main showcase, the way it should be.

Demo and Download

Demo | Download


  1. Download Thematic and upload it into your theme folder.
  2. Download Sophia theme above and upload it into your theme folder.
  3. Go into your WordPress Dashboard, select Appearance and activate Sophia.

If you don’t have any idea how to upload a new theme, here’s a tutorial for you.

A Work in Progress

Sophia is a work in progress, as there are some edge cases not yet covered (some obscure CSS stylings, among other things). Feel free to comment and share your ideas below.

Also, you might want to subscribe to wplover to get further updates about Sophia. To be truthful you will probably be deluged with many WordPress-related posts before you get that update, but it’s not like it’s a bad thing, no?

Anyways, enjoy!

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22 Responses

  1. Adi says:

    Nice thematic child theme you got there! :D …it’s nice having more people support the use of child theme

  2. Andrea_R says:

    Oh, it’s sooooo preeeetty. :D

  3. Ron says:

    Great child theme :)

  4. Cody Jones says:

    Beautiful work… I love Thematic and what you’ve done with it. I am in the process of combining my portfolio site with my blog and will have to link to you the final results.
    Thanks for your hard work!

  5. sara says:

    Lovely theme. Just FYI, I notice that I have two searches for some reason (even after removing the widge from the sidebar; and, the Pages work wonderfully from the top nav but don’t seem to recognize parent/child relationships in the sidebar.

    Thanks again for the lovely child theme.

  6. sara says:

    About the Search box? Nevermind. :)

  7. DLE says:

    Just switched my site (after 3 years of the same theme) to Sophia. Thank you.

    I’m in the process of making personalizations of my own, and I need help for a problem I can’t resolve.

    In Sophia, you include a list of tags on the main blog page at the end of a post. However, the tag list is omitted on the single post page. I would like to add it to my layout of a single post page, but I’m not sure where that is being called in either Sophia or Thematic.

    Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  8. DLE says:

    Also, I’d like to add a 0.5em line space between paragraphs in the comments so that they read more easily. However, I can’t find the source of the “comment-content” div class that controls that display. I’d like to add a CSS call (p + p { margin-top: 0.5em; } ), but I don’t know where to put it given that the div class doesn’t seem to exist anywhere in the stylesheet.

    Thanks for the help. Have a great day.

  9. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Hi DLE,

    to add the tag back into the single post, here’s what you do.

    First, open Sophia’s functions.php file. Next, do a search for

    <p class="author vcard">

    and go to the first result (should be around line 51). Make a new line after it and add this:

    "<?php the_tags( __( 'Tagged ', 'thematic' ), ", ", "\n" ) ?>"

    That should do the trick.

    Now, about adding a new line, you can simply add:

    .comment-content p + p { margin-top: 0.5em; }

    inside Sophia’s style.css. Put that in the end of the file to be safe.

    With CSS it doesn’t matter if a class/ID/whatever doesn’t exist yet, you can always add it yourself into the stylesheet.

    I hope that helps!

  10. DLE says:


    Thank you so much! Both suggestions worked great.

    Thank you for being a blessing to the WordPress community by providing excellent themes and support.

  11. DLE says:

    Now that WordPress 3.0 is out, are there any problems we need to look out for with the Sophia 0.9 or with Thematic

  12. Hafiz Rahman says:

    WordPress 3 should play well with themes made for previous version (otherwise many of them will be broken!).

    I’ve just checked the Thematic release notes as well, no issue as best as I can tell.

  13. Some interesting information on here. Slightly off topic but I am so excited !. I saw Cats The Musical for the first time and the music along with the dancing is extraordinary. It is an emotional journey that all the audience gets involved with !. ‘Cats’ will make you laugh and smile and touch certain places in your heart. Everybody left the theater singing, satisfied and uplifted. If you get a opportunity to go and see ‘Cats’ I really recommend it.

  14. DLE says:

    The recent update to Thematic seems to have knocked out the display of the “Posted in…” category links within individual posts, though it’s still there for posts on the front page. How can this be fixed?

  15. ahmed18 says:

    Note that there

  16. Sivilce says:

    Great child theme :)

  17. Moda 2011 says:

    Thanks again for the lovely child theme.

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