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Starter Themes for Appleton WordPress Meetup

Brad Parbs
September 13, 2013

Starter Themes for Appleton WordPress Meetup

Brad Parbs

September 13, 2013


  1. Starter Themes & Theme Frameworks

  2. Hi, I’m Brad Parbs. I write code. I build themes.

    I build plugins. I build tools. I make stuff for clients. I make stuff for people. I like working efficiently.
  3. What’s a starter theme? Difference between starter theme and theme

    framework? Why should I use one? How do I pick one to use? What ones are our there? Where do I go once I picked one? Overview
  4. We might get a little code-y. I’m a little biased

    in this department. Some of this stuff is only my opinion. There’s probably more options I don’t cover. Disclaimers
  5. The term "Theme Framework" currently has two meanings: • A

    "drop-in" code library that is used to facilitate development of a Theme • A stand-alone base/starter Theme that is intended either to be forked into another Theme, or else to be used as a Parent Theme template What’s a theme framework?
  6. Not much really. But we’ll talk more about the theme

    you hack on, not the drop-in stuff. Difference
  7. Why should I use one? “Gold chains around my neck

    just like Michael Phelps” - Akon – I'm So Paid
  8. But Biggie was wrong “It's like the more money we

    come across. The more problems we see” - The Notorious B.I.G. – Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems
  9. D.R.Y. Code

  10. D.R.Y. Code “A 1000-HOUR HEAD START” http://themeshaper.com/2012/02/13/introducing-the-underscores-theme/

  11. How do I choose?

  12. How do I choose? What are your requirements? What are

    you doing with it?
  13. How do I choose? Pick one and stick with it.

  14. What’s out there?

  15. None
  16. Bones Mobile-first & Responsive LESS & SASS support Licensed under

    the WTFPL (GPL comp.) Lots of fun functionality under-the-hood Good commenting for functions Well-structured & Semantic
  17. Bones http://themble.com/bones/

  18. None
  19. Roots Grunt power & magic Cool sidebar class for hide/show

    Does weird stuff w/ your URLs Fun template parts for easy dev Online docs, minimal code comments Don’t use as your first starter theme MIT License
  20. Roots http://roots.io

  21. What’s out there? Hybrid Base

  22. Hybrid Core Hard to download Comes bundled w/ Hybrid Core

    Comes w/ no styling Most functionality is hidden in Hybrid Core Large amount of files, minimal organization Lightweight-ish No given license - Hybrid Core is GPL, though Built to teach Hybrid Core usage
  23. Hybrid Core https://github.com/justintadlock/hybrid-base http://themehybrid.com/themes/hybrid-base

  24. What’s out there? Foundation for WordPress

  25. Foundation Throws some warnings in 3.6 Foundation is awesome 3

    different CSS files out of the box Shortcodes for most Foundation features Minimal files, lightweight
  26. Foundation https://github.com/drewsymo/Foundation

  27. What’s out there? Whiteboard Framework

  28. Whiteboard Framework Throws some warnings in 3.6 Kind of ugly

    out of the box Ugly markup Bloated templates Ugh
  29. Whiteboard Framework http://whiteboardframework.com/

  30. What’s out there? WP Bootstrap

  31. BootstrapWP Twitter Bootstrap luv Lots of good markup and stuff

    Hasn’t been updated since May
  32. BootstrapWP http://bootstrapwp.rachelbaker.me/

  33. What’s out there? WP Bootstrap

  34. BootstrapWP Twitter Bootstrap luv Lots of good markup and stuff

    Hasn’t been updated since May
  35. BootstrapWP http://320press.com/wpbs/

  36. What’s out there? 2013/12/11

  37. 2013/2012/2011/2010/Kubrick It’s a great starting point Child theme, not hacking

    the theme
  38. What’s out there? _s

  39. _s The right amount of lean, commented templates Helper functions

    to keep templates lean Minimal, smart CSS 100% awesome Patrick & I are contributors
  40. _s http://underscores.me/

  41. What’s out there? wolf

  42. Wolf Built off of _s Built for using SASS Lots

    of fun tweaks / awesomeness What I use Some minor bugs that will be fixed this month
  43. Wolf https://github.com/bradp/Wolf

  44. Where do I go once I picked one? Look through

    all the code Use it for your next / current project Keep using it to get more familiar Fork w/ things you add to every theme Build your functionality into plugins
  45. “Gold chains around my neck just like Michael Phelps” -

    Akon – I'm So Paid Where do I go once I picked one?
  46. demo or questions or anything time

  47. None