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 (http://sndbx.org), 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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