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Has anyone used "Starkers"?

  • # April 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Just wondering if anyone has had a look at ‘Starkers’ WordPress theme by Elliot Jay Stocks.

    It’s basically a totally naked theme with virtually no styling or unnecessary mark-up. Essentially a blank template for WordPress themers, CSS reset and all. I just used it and found it really easy to edit and style. Compared to editing the Default theme it’s a breeze. Even the PHP side was easier to get my head around.

    If your not familiar with it and into WordPress theming check it out here.

    Any thoughts?


    # April 2, 2008 at 7:32 pm

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    At first glance it looks quite a thorough stripping of anything unnecessary – I have one of my own that I use for new wordpress site-builds, but I’ve not gone into quite the detailed stripping and renaming that elliot has. Might become a favourite!!

    # April 2, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Wish I had had this when I created my own blog, that’s for sure.

    # June 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Have downloaded – Excellent find :D

    # September 6, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    the Starkers theme is a brilliant starting point from any Web designer /developer point of view since it gives us the clean starting point from wich to style up the website i think starkers ar great

    # September 21, 2008 at 5:23 am

    Haven’t used it yet, but almost sure I’m gonna use it when I have to design a wordpress theme :)

    # September 24, 2008 at 9:34 am

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    Cool!!! Starkers has now been updated for WP 2.6.2.

    Definitely the best place to start with a WordPress site!

    # September 25, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I think Chris talked about Starkers in his "Designing for WP" series.

    But ya, I’ve used Starkers. Love it.

    I’ve also used the sandbox (, which uses alot of complicated php to give posts and pages dynamic classes that describe the post’s date, category, tag, author, etc.

    I like Starkers more tho, its more flexible, clean, and simple under the hood.

    # January 8, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I know this site is a big fan of WordPress (my self included), but I am doing a site in Joomla, and are currently trying to customize a theme to fit my client’s need.
    Two word…. BIG PAIN! :shock:

    I have looked at the Starkers theme by Elliot Jay, and also seen the screencasts by Chris, where he goes over it, and it’s exactly what I need! …just for Joomla!

    Anybody know of a good alternative for Joomla templates? I basically want to strip out ALL styles, and be in total control, like all the wordpress-starkers out there.

    # January 8, 2009 at 6:11 am

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    something like this?

    # September 29, 2009 at 7:16 am
    "Robskiwarrior" wrote:
    something like this?

    Could You repost the link, couse it is broken?

    # September 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm

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    Whoa… nice thread necromancy here :)

    You can simply Google "starkers" to get the theme. Much quicker than waiting for someone to post it on the forums.

    # November 27, 2009 at 2:57 am

    I does know wordpress starkers, but i’m searching also for joomla starkers, and couldn’t find a good solution ;).

    # November 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I just started using it recently and it’s awesome. Finally get to set up a theme the way I want. So much easier than stripping down (pun) an already designed theme.

    And you really learn more about WordPress doing it this way as well. 8-)

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