Ask DN: Do you use a Wordpress framework?

over 7 years ago from , Designer at Ambidextrous

Do you use a Wordpress framework? If so which one? Do you write the theme from scratch? I'm trying to work on my Wordpress workflow and I'm curious to what everyone is using.


  • Darth BaneDarth Bane, over 7 years ago

    No framework, I create themes from scratch. And by scratch I mean: I code the entire frontend demo first. Everything clickable, but dummy/placeholder content. Not until I'm happy with the design do I start bringing it into Wordpress and start hooking everything up.

    That way I'm never using more code than is absolutely needed. Start from a clean HTML/CSS frontend demo and build Wordpress hooks into it.

    3 points
    • Chris WinchChris Winch, over 7 years ago

      This! Coding everything up into an html/css template first is the best way to go in my opinion. Especially if you happen to decide to change cms systems later.

      Using child themes is also a must!

      1 point
  • Sam MularczykSam Mularczyk, over 7 years ago

    I used to use Starkers, which was a totally unstyled, barebones WordPress theme. It's a really great start and you can just delete all the crap you don't need.

    Can't find a recent version of it though - http://underscores.me/ looks like the closest thing.

    3 points
  • Stefan Göllner, over 7 years ago

    Recently I started using the roots.io starter theme. They also have a so called "bedrock" starter pack with Composer and Capistrano preconfigured. I recommend the screencasts to understand the whole thing, but I can't live without it anymore :)

    More Info here: http://roots.io/

    1 point
  • Nick de JardineNick de Jardine, over 7 years ago

    Always from scratch, and avoid plugins.

    0 points
  • Nathan NNathan N, over 7 years ago

    I've used http://320press.com/wpbs/ in the past

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  • Nick NobleNick Noble, over 7 years ago

    Forge from the Theme Foundry is an awesome command line tool, sets up a base theme, helps you keep it organized, compiles Less, Sass, and Coffescript (with blueprint and compass out of the box), sets up symlinks to your local install, and deals with packaging the final theme.

    0 points
  • Jordan KoscheiJordan Koschei, over 7 years ago

    I start from scratch – Wordpress itself is a decent framework, and I haven't seen much of a boost in development speed (or code quality) from using something on top of it.

    0 points
  • Hawke BassignaniHawke Bassignani, over 7 years ago

    I used to use WP Bones by Themble, but now I start from scratch with a few things I pull in on my own. Bones, for example, makes a lot of assumptions about design, layout, theme structure, etc. Probably great for a lot of developers! Just not a good fit.

    If you aren't particular, it‘s a good option. If you are, I recommend creating your own framework (or at least libraries of functions, shortcodes, templates, and/or SASS partials) to start with.

    0 points
  • Ian De DobbelaereIan De Dobbelaere, over 7 years ago

    I'm trying to get into Wordpress, so this a great story. But can anybody link like tutorial how to build a theme?

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  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, over 7 years ago

    I've posted an article's link here a few days about it. Hope it helps.


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  • Dwayne CharringtonDwayne Charrington, over 7 years ago

    I use my own framework based on Underscores called Startpress. It has a JSON theme API and whatnot, amongst other features: https://github.com/Vheissu/Startpress

    0 points
  • Patrik Arvidson, over 7 years ago

    I’m generally not designing much for Wordpress anymore and the few times I am, we usually outsource the development part. But back in the days I used to use a theme called Bones. As with most other things I end up removing what I didn’t want (which, sadly, included the grid system - been using gridset for everything). I can imagine, however, that for rapid development Bones would do you a lot of favors.

    You can find more information about it here - http://themble.com/bones/

    0 points