If you are looking to build your own WordPress theme, either for releasing publicly or for your own or a client’s site then a great way to start is by using a blank starter theme. Having all the required files in place along with some required styles and functions gives you a great head start – why start from scratch when there are some brilliant starter themes where someone else has done the heavy lifting for you – that’s part of what makes our open source community great, we are all free to build on other people’s work as long as we also share what we create with others.
In today’s post we will be looking at 20 great starter themes and frameworks you can download today and use as the basis for your next theme.
Roots is an excellent open source WordPress starter theme. It’s built with HTML5 Boilerplate and Bootstrap (if you don’t need it, you can replace or remove it). It also has Grunt files for quickly compiling LESS code and combining your CSS and JS files. A nifty feature of Roots is its Theme Wrapper, which helps you avoid having to write the same code in multiple files. Check out themes built using Roots at the Roots Gallery. Get started with Roots by heading over to the project’s official docs.