WordPress theme frameworks can be awesome. But until they advance in a pretty big way, they still need users to actually create sites with them. Bummer, right? In order to aid with that, the team behind Catalyst Theme has released a user manual. Created almost entirely by Catalyst user and community member David Pritchard, it fills in at over 170 pages of Catalyst theme documentation.
Eric Hamm described the process of Pritchard contributing the manual in a blog post:
He was excited about the huge leap forward we had made with Catalyst and wanted to let us know that he would be burning the midnight oil to make the necessary changes to keep up with this massive move to a new WordPress Theme. I was excited about the prospect of a real-deal User’s Manual and let David know that we were totally on board! Nothing, however, could prepare us for the actual finished product.
A few weeks later David sent us an email with the rough draft of this 170+ page PDF file packed with rock solid Catalyst documentation as well as tons of useful content teaching you the secrets to a successful website. Both Seth and I were totally floored by the amount of detail that went into the Catalyst Cheatsheet. Every aspect of Catalyst from the smallest feature to big picture concepts were covered…and then some!
Documentation is typically a big selling point when it comes to picking a WordPress theme framework. Did you make your decision, at least in part, based on documentation and things like this PDF? How important are solid documentation and support documents to you?