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I design & build a lot of bespoke Wordpress themes for clients, and before I just took the best parts out of the default Kubrick and made my own 'vanilla' theme.

The new default, TwentyTen is way too complex for my needs, and is a bit kitchen sink.

Are there any lightweight WordPress 3 themes like these? http://designceo.com/20-lightweight-minimalist-wordpress-themes ?


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Just a suggestion and not necessarily the answer, but some of those are so basic I'm wondering if using the Starkers theme from Elliot Jay Stocks and just adding a bit of style to it, could make the simple theme you've been looking for.

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ah great - that is wp3 compatible, but still full of twenty10 junk, and the functions file is massive and incomprehensible! It's a good recommendation but still looking for something leaner, thanks! –  felixthehat Aug 11 '10 at 21:13
Fair point, it is full of twenty10 code, I thought you meant lightweight in terms of design. :-) –  Ben Everard Aug 12 '10 at 8:07
K. I'm going to use it as a starting point anyway thanks! –  felixthehat Aug 12 '10 at 12:44
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Check out http://standardtheme.com/ -- they just released version 2.0, and from what I've seen it works quite well, whether or not you want to customize it.

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How about Toolbox? It is HTML5 based as well.

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