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What is the best practice when it comes to a static, minimal WP website? It will have no blog updates, no discussion/comments, and no search. Should all the standard template files still be included?
According to the documentation, the only required files in a theme are style.css and index.php. All other files are optional. You can use the ones you need and discard the ones you don't need.
If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend you check out WordPress's developer site on the topic of themes.
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