Zach Adams Web Developer and Programmer

Adding Theme Options to a Thematic Child Theme

June 4, 2014

developmentThematic is a pretty awesome theme framework for WordPress, but there are some annoying things about it. One annoying thing I ran into was not being able to easily create a nifty looking Theme Options page. Themes like Avada gave me the impression that they were not all that difficult, but I was wrong, I was horribly wrong. After tutorial searching for a day I’ve put together a template that might help you out in the future if you ever need something like this.

Here’s a picture of what we’re going to achieve:


It has a basic textbox, an image selection, and an upload that integrates with WordPress.

In your Thematic Child Theme’s functions.php add the following code: Link

You’re also going to need to add a “js” folder if you don’t have one and add a file called “theme-options.js” with the following code: Link

In order to add your own settings scroll down to the ct_register_settings function. There are three things you’ll need to know about adding your own settings:

  1. add_settings_section
  2. $field_args
  3. add_settings_field


If you need sections separating settings then add another to the list, the functions goes as such:

add_settings_section( 'section_handle', 'Title of the Section', 'display_section', 'php name of theme page' );

You don’t need to worry about the last two.


To make it easy  the args for each settings are stored in an array.  If you’re adding another setting duplicator the following and make the changes below:

$field_args = array(
      'type'      => 'text',
      'id'        => 'ct_textbox',
      'name'      => 'ct_textbox',
      'desc'      => 'Example of textbox description',
      'label_for' => 'ct_textbox',
      'class'     => 'css_class'
  • $field_args
    • Change it so it has a good name for a handle
  • type
    • Leave as ‘text’ unless your making a custom field
  • id
    • Change if you need that particular field to have a custom id
  • name
    • Can be the same as the $field_args without the ‘$’
  • desc
    • Not necessary, but you can add a description if needed
  • label_for
    • Match the ID
  • class
    • Class for the field


After you’re finished adding the arguments for the field we need WordPress to add it to the list. Duplicate the following with the necessary changes:

add_settings_field( 'settings_handle', 'Name of the Setting', 'ct_display_setting', 'theme_php.php', 'section-handle', $arg_handle );

If you’re unsure look at the others. If you have any trouble let me know!