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.

  • 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! Aug 11, 2010 at 21:13
  • Fair point, it is full of twenty10 code, I thought you meant lightweight in terms of design. :-) Aug 12, 2010 at 8:07
  • K. I'm going to use it as a starting point anyway thanks! Aug 12, 2010 at 12:44

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.


How about Toolbox? It is HTML5 based as well.

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