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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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. Not much really. But we’ll talk more about the theme

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

    just like Michael Phelps” - Akon – I'm So Paid
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Whiteboard Framework Throws some warnings in 3.6 Kind of ugly

    out of the box Ugly markup Bloated templates Ugh
  13. _s The right amount of lean, commented templates Helper functions

    to keep templates lean Minimal, smart CSS 100% awesome Patrick & I are contributors
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. “Gold chains around my neck just like Michael Phelps” -

    Akon – I'm So Paid Where do I go once I picked one?