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Best WordPress theme to make custom theme

  • # April 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    What is the best WordPress theme to start from to build your own custom WordPress theme?

    # April 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Thematic framework is worth a look:

    # April 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Kinda depends on what you want to do with it. For most of mine, I use Starkers because it’s completely stripped down.

    # April 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    whiteboard kicks a**

    # April 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    i personally use Thematic, as mention above. I feel like its pretty strong and probably a good choice. But i have not used any other.

    # April 3, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    @springlab whiteboard looks interesting. Might give it a try soon. Thanks.

    # April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm


    Ok I have downloaded Thematic and Whiteboard, and looked in the files. Making a WordPress theme seems like a pretty meaty project. Is this normal?

    And what do I need to do, just delete all the HTML and CSS thats already there, and re-type it in my own style?

    # April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    With the Thematic framework, you install the Thematic theme and also a child theme. Then you only activate and customize the child theme, which will override styles and functions in the parent theme. When new versions of Thematic come out, you can update the parent theme without affecting your child theme.

    There’s a lot more to Thematic. It has a lot of folders, files, functions and the pages use a lot of action hooks and filters for extending the theme’s functionality. I would say this is an advanced theme framework, aimed at developers that want to customize the code in their themes. You and I would really need to read the documentation in order to learn this framework.

    More info here:
    Guide –
    Forums –

    The Whiteboard theme seems to be more of a boilerplate, using clean html5 and including some nice features to use as a base for customizing. The thing I liked about it is the resolution specific styles, that adjust the appearance for different screen sizes.

    # April 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks everyone, I think I will choose WhiteBoard as it looks easier to work with for me.

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