Building WordPress themes from scratch can be a daunting task. There is so much that goes into a WordPress theme. If you don’t believe me, just take a peek under the hood of the Twenty Eleven theme.
These days we don’t have the luxury of building a theme from ground zero because we just don’t have the time to commit to it. So that is why a bunch of ‘blank themes’ (aka ‘naked themes’) have sprung up.
What is a blank theme
It is a WordPress theme with all the functionality of a typical WordPress theme but almost none of the styling. When starting a new theme it is far easier to use this as a base then a theme that is already finished and styled.
Which blank theme should I use
Decisions. Decisions. I like starting sites with HTML5 boilerplate. I also like the responsive design built into Twitter bootstrap. Initializr is a cool site to get the best of both worlds. But did anyone try to combine the two and throw them into a blank WordPress theme? Yes. And that is where the Roots blank theme comes into play.
Here is a page with several video tutorials to get you up and running with the Roots blank theme and WordPress.