In this article I’ll share my 5 favorite WordPress themes, and the principles upon which they were built. When building a WordPress theme, I adhere to a couple basic principles:
Unlike most web design trends, minimal design never goes out of style. Creating a beautiful and functional minimal design is the ultimate challenge.
Minimal design also translates to code. I strive to develop themes with as little code as possible. That’s more difficult than it sounds. I avoid using excessive scripts, overly flashy effects, unnecessary image files and as few custom options as possible. When options are needed, I integrate them seamlessly into the native WordPress customizer. Developing minimally keeps themes light, easy to customize and fast when it comes to load times.
Less is more when it comes to the design and development of WordPress themes.
Ease Of Use
I make themes that don’t require any knowledge of use beyond using WordPress itself. Ideally, a WordPress theme should be ready to use immediately upon activation. It should not be reliant on several options, frameworks, shortcodes or plugins to function as advertised. If some setup is required, it should be accomplished within minutes using familiar WordPress settings.
In addition, the native WordPress customizer should be utilized for all theme options and setup. WordPress is placing a huge emphasis on their customizer, introducing new features with each update. In the future, all themes should utilize the customizer instead of bulky custom options panels. I’m proud to say all Organic Themes utilize the customizer.
The following 5 favorite WordPress themes were created with those principles in mind. Read More