If you don’t feel like coding your WordPress theme from scratch, don’t know how to make WordPress theme, or if you don’t really have much experience with coding, a WordPress starter theme is here to save the day. WP starter themes are self-explanatory; they cover the basics so that you have a platform from which to build on. Rather than taking the time to code everything from the ground up, you can start working on your theme knowing that a lot of the hard, early work has already been done for you. Mega!
But How Do I Choose Great WordPress Themes?
The only thing you really need to worry about when choosing great WordPress starter themes is whether or not the theme covers all the essentials.
The more essentials it covers, the less work you need to do. For anyone who has little to no experience with coding, this is just perfect.
Think of a starter theme like a car: Everything is built and ready to go; the only thing you need to do is paint it! (Which is the fun bit)
To help you on your way, let’s take a look below.
Top 3 WordPress Starter Themes
Underscore has a pretty cool USP: It offers you the chance to generate a custom zip and christen it anything you want. This works well if you’re developing a website for a client and want to generate files in their name. Perfect.
Underscore also offer a 404 template, mobile navigation ready technology, and it codes in clean-looking, user friendly HTML5 (which isn’t as daunting as it sounds).
Roots is one of those great WordPress themes that is bursting with features. With Roots, you can get your hands on Bootstrap, Grunt and HTML5 BoilerPlate. Wicked. Perhaps its best feature, though, is the ability to automatically rewrite your static theme URLS for you. This means you don’t have to spend time writing wp-content/ in the URLS.
Basically, if you’re looking to develop WordPress theme that is going to take a fair bit of time, Roots is for you.
By WordPress starter theme standards, HandCrafted is old. Conceived in 2010, it actually hasn’t aged badly at all and is still popular today. For anyone who still hasn’t discovered the aforementioned Underscores, HandCrafted is still the way to go, and although it isn’t as packed with features as Underscores, it still does what you need it to. We like.