Last year I paid someone to turn an old HTML website design of mine into a dynamic WordPress theme. They did a great job, but there remained a few things that I had a really difficult time altering to suit my personal tastes (instead of paying them extra to remove things I'd not asked for in the first place).
I spent a lot of time trying to create my own theme from scratch so it only had exactly what I wanted and nothing else. I had a lot of trouble with that. Fixing one thing broke another.
When I ran across BlankSlate I realized this would be the solution I needed. I quickly eliminated all the bits and pieces I knew I wouldn't use for my purposes and set about building the StyleSheet from the one I used on my old static site and some from the theme I had created. I'm still tweaking here and there but it's almost entirely exactly the way I want - and the stuff I've learned along the way is fantastic and comes in handy from time to time. At least now I can look at the source of my custom theme and almost immediately know what I'm looking at. It's almost like learning a foreign language.
EDIT: I also know to insure I maintain multiple backups, zipped and so forth. A lot of people new to WordPress do not realize that all their hard work can be instantly vaporized with one simple click of an update button. So every time I make a change to my theme, I make a backup of it offsite in the event something goes wrong.
A great starter theme to build your own from.
Theme ready for styling, exactly what I was looking for.
Works perfectly on WP 3.8, also with different plugins.
Didn't find any mistake yet. :-)
Good job! BlankSlate should be standard in every WordPress install - it's the best starting point to create your own theme, even with a basic understanding of html and css.
Adding code to this naked framework to taylor your own needs is infinitely easier and quicker than spending ages figuring out, removing and changing code in an existing theme (and continuously wondering why it's so hard to make your changes work...). It also makes for much faster working sites, without unnecessary code and features to run. And I mean: much, much faster.
Uptill now I found WordPress technically hard to understand. Using BlankSlate changed that: suddenly my code just works as intended!
One suggestion though: some extra white spaces here and there and rules on new lines would be nice to make the code more readable.
I have done whatever is imaginable with this.
Do not update, no need of other things!
This theme is a perfect starting point for the budding wordpress theme creator looking to learn something, or the developer that's themeing a blog from scratch for the first time.
I've had questions twice and received a response in a VERY prompt and professional matter from the author.
I will be using this theme a lot. Thanks so much!
This is what I've made with this theme: http://blog.cell3studio.com
This is exactly what I was looking for being a designer and developer who takes great pride in clean code, doing everything from scratch, and not piggybacking off someone else's work.
This theme takes care of all the stuff you have to do to get the foundation of ANY theme, plus it adds all the html 5 stuff to stay modern. This allows me to not have to strip out crappy code. I simply add my OWN crappy code and have no one to blame but myself :)
Great theme guys!
As a starting webdeveloper this theme was very helpfull in finding my way in wordpress. Very clean code. A template wich I do not nead to break down before editing my own code.
A disadvantage in this theme is that the php-code is not lined out in a propper programming way.
I started using blankslate because the standard themes were to heavy and I wanted something easy to edit.
Blankslate is very easy to adapt and my only problem with the theme is that it uses tags like <article>, <figure> or <figcaption> in the functions.php file. With newer versions firefox and ie this is fine but with older versions of ie this really messes up the display. It effects people who use ie 8.0 and under which is about 12% for me, enough to want to change it.
It took a while to find the problems but I changed the tags back to the standard <div> tags and every thing works fine.
Also in the comments.php file I had to change id="respond" to class"respond" because as most people know you can't have more than one id with the same name in an HTML file.
Overall I am very pleased with the theme and credit and link to the Tidy Themes website on my site.
Exactly what I needed. A genuinely blank theme. Everything is intuitively organized and ready to start building on top of. I had my templates ported in with minimal work.
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