Over the past several years, the WordPress “theme” industry has grown amazingly large — literally millions of dollars are spent every year on premium themes, frameworks, custom design work, and more. While the difference between “frameworks” and “starter themes” can be debated elsewhere, suffice it to say that Starter aims to be a very simple starter theme for WordPress (not a parent theme, and definitely not a framework). It’s entire purpose is to be hacked like crazy… yippee! :)
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
— Albert Einstein
The philosophy behind Starter is that a true “starter theme” should not require a developer to first install, and then strip out all the bloat and features that they do not use or wish to retain. Rather, a proper “starter theme” should be as bare bones as possible, even across months or years of WordPress versions and functions, so that after installation a developer can focus immediately on customization and “building out” their concept rather than “cleaning out” a load of junk.
Currently, Genesis and Canvas are popular “frameworks” for WordPress, and Sage and Underscores and Bones are popular so-called “starter themes” for WordPress. While all of these are pretty cool, they can be a bit complex to understand (at least for us and many of our clients), or in some cases, a bit lacking in performance optimization. Like Flappy Bird, we don’t really aim to impress with fancy code (seriously, it’s very simple), but we know that this minimalist template “just works” and loads super fast (even on mobile devices) and is ultimately very easy to customize for various projects. One of the biggest differences is that Starter does not pre-load a ton of CSS classes or custom PHP functions into all of its theme files! Loading speed and SEO (especially the header) were key focuses when crafting this unimpressive piece of work…
Starter is a poor man’s starter theme for WordPress by Jesse Nickles, the founder of LittleBizzy. It is released under a unique copyright that is included with the software’s repository on GitHub (no MIT/GPL).
Below is a partial list of features found in the theme:
customize admin area??
custom post types??
<head> are pre-optimized for SEO and caching
wp_head), WooCommerce, TinyMCE, and more in
header.php manages titles, meta tags, Open Graph, Twitter Cards, and Schema microdata
NOTICE: We recommend using alongside CloudFlare, SSL, Opcache, WP-Bitly, and some other Must Use plugins… also, our team is not available to provide support or consultation but we have some Experts that we recommend :)
== TEMP ==
The theme repository includes a few “example” pages that are included:
style.css 404.php archive.php breadcrumbs.php comments.php footer.php functions.php header.php index.php page-example-sidebar.php page-example-full-width.php page-example-woocommerce-product.php page-contact.php page-home.php page.php pagination.php sidebar.php single.php style.phpLast modified: 13 Sep, 2023
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