Introducing SitePoint Base Theme for WordPress

By Chris Burgess
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SitePoint Base Theme

There are thousands of WordPress themes available, with endless choices for both users and developers. The problem is that, while most of them look nice on the front end, they are bloated and lack quality — not ideal for what is the most important element of any WordPress project.

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As you know, SitePoint is a hub for developers to share their passion for building incredible Internet things. SitePoint also actively works on its own products, and I’m excited to share the news that we’ve been working on a new starter theme called SitePoint Base Theme.

It’s only at v0.1, but it already ticks the boxes for me as the perfect starter theme. It’s minimal, clean, simple, lightweight and responsive.

Let’s take a quick look at the main features …

100% Free: Open Source GPL 2.0

In the true spirit of the WordPress.org project, SitePoint Base Theme is Open Source and free.

High Performance

It’s one of the (if not the) fastest base themes I’ve worked with. It’s incredibly lightweight and minimal — exactly what you want in a starter theme. It’s currently hitting 98/100 on the Pingdom Page Speed Test.

Code Quality

At the core of SitePoint Base Theme is code quality, currently passing the Theme Check QA test at 100% of 10,796 tests. Adhering to the latest WordPress coding standards and best practices is at the heart of SitePoint Base Theme, helping both users and developers future-proof their WordPress projects.

Mobile Optimized

With Google recently announcing they’ll be switching their index from desktop to mobile, a mobile-optimized site is even more important. SitePoint Base Theme has been built with mobile at the forefront, with a Google Mobile Test score of 100/100.

SEO Friendly

Bad WordPress themes can mess with your SEO, and even the prettiest themes fall victim to this. SitePoint Base Theme ensures all of your markup is in the right place, keeping the search engines happy.

WooCommerce Ready

With WooCommerce continuing to grow in popularity as the default choice for ecommerce sites, we’re pleased to say SitePoint Base Theme is WooCommerce-ready out of the box.

SitePoint Base Theme

Page Builder Compatible

SitePoint Base Theme plays nicely with all of the major page builders, including Divi Builder, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin Page Builder and Elementor Page Builder.

Try It Out Yourself

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other features I think you’ll love, but I’d encourage you to download the theme here and test it out yourself or check out the demo.

We’re going to cover SitePoint Base Theme in more detail in the coming weeks, but we’re keen for feedback. You can contact me at chris (dot) burgess (at) sitepoint.com.

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  • Apparently you censor legitimate comments here. Why?

    • lucythornton

      Apologies Matt – for some reason that comment had been auto-marked as spam. We’ve rectified that now. Feel free to post feedback on the theme. We’re very keen to hear what our community thinks of it!
      L

  • You say – Simple, User Friendly Licensing – All we ask is that you DON’T distribute our themes on any other sites. However, isn’t this against the spirit of the GPL?

    • lucythornton

      Hi Matt,
      Good catch – that is a copy error on that back end page. Our free SitePoint Base Theme is definitely GPL 2.0 – you are free to do what you like with it. We’re updating the page now. :)
      Cheers,
      Lucy

  • Great work, guys! I like it. Is there a live demo aviable?

    • Thanks @disqus_dbofyayjUi:disqus — Demo is coming soon, will keep you posted!

  • Possibly an oversight, but after downloading the theme, I wanted to check out the support forum, that is linked there and also in the pdf documentation. However its a dead page.
    “Oops! That page doesn’t exist or is private.”
    Note I was logged in.
    Also
    The documentation is in great need of screen shots, its quite confusing how to get the contact form working.

    • Ralph Mason

      You should be able to access the support forum here: https://www.sitepoint.com/community/c/themes-support

      • Thanks for the good intentions, but, not really sure how helpful you are to be, i know (the link). My response was flagging that the link was broken and Lucy kindly acknowledges it, and fixes it. Possibly you aren’t aware that I am able to delete my disqus comments, rendering your helpful comments useless. Please maybe suggest the link to be added to the original authors article which would benefit all.

        • Hi Chris, thanks for checking it out and giving your feedback. I’ve added a link to the demo now.

  • Saad CHAWKI

    Awesome work, however, I can’t wait to see a documentation for this base theme. Also, I’d love to use it with the wp-types layouts plugin, Could you help with the integration?

    • Hi Saad, I haven’t used that plugin, but if you give it a try, please let me know how you go!

  • Thanks Lucy.

  • Thank you a lot, Lucy. :)
    Have a nice xmas!

  • slapstickj

    “you’ll be starting with 500kb pages”
    That seems kind of high, doesn’t it?

  • Six months later, any progress on moving it to a repo?