Some time ago, we asked ourselves ‘What would the perfect WordPress base theme look like?‘
So we put together a wishlist of precisely the features we would want in our foundation theme – and the things we didn’t.
The base theme needed to be:
- No fat. No cruft. Speedy.
- Minimal design. It’s your job to make it pretty.
- No ‘cute’ features you never actually use.
- SEO friendly to its core.
- Super Mobile-friendly.
- 100% Free Open Source Software, and free to use.
Then we set about building it. The result is a suite of WordPress themes including our FREE Base Theme.
SBT is really fast – you’ll be starting with 500kb pages. More importantly, we intend to keep it that way, running live, 24-hour-a-day benchmark testing to guarantee consistent code performance. Missiles get launched if our Pingdom benchmarks drop under 95/100 .
Constant benchmarking against WordPress’s own QA tool – Theme Check – ensures SBT always adheres to the latest WordPress standards and practices. Currently SBT passes 100% of 10796 test.
WooCommerce powers 37% the world’s online stores – SBT makes adding ecommerce a breeze.
There is no fancy ‘lawyer-speak’ licensing here. Open Source has always been at the heart of WordPress – we put it at the heart of SBT too. Take it, use it, give good stuff back to the community.
Meet ‘The Stinger’
This compact missile launcher – known in the SitePoint office as ‘The Stinger’ – hovers menacingly above the desk of our sysadmin.
Should SitePoint Base Theme fail any of the benchmarks listed below (under 95%), the Stinger is programmed to rain immediate and cruel vengeance upon his desk – and then to report the strike over the @sitepointdotcom twitter.
That’s a lot of icons
Easy translations with WPML plugin support.
Separate style and functionality.
Target browsers and functionality.
Fast and flexible small screen layouts.
No-brainer cross-browser support.
WYSIWYG Post Editor.
Scale and shape your layouts easily.
Perform basic styling right from the Dashboard.