As the old saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. We knew that when we launched The WordPress Helpers; it’s actually the largest reason we’re here. And we’ve learned a thing or two about the issue in our continuing-but-thank-goodness-it’s-dying-down disagreement with some folks in the established WordPress Community.
We see The WordPress Helpers as a safe landing zone for anyone using WordPress. It doesn’t matter if you’re a developer, consultant, service provider, user, or designer, there’s something here for you. Want to be involved?
Last week, I stumbled across something that struck me as useful—if in different and not necessarily clear ways—for many members of The WordPress Community. It’s a new theme called Underscores. I liked it so much I tweeted about it. Underscores is designed to be a theme “starting point”, and it’s aimed more at developers than anyone else. But it’s clean and simple enough that almost anyone trying to learn a bit about either theme development or “how WordPress works” could pick up a thing or three from playing with it.
Today, I found something even better. It’s called Naked WordPress, and it lives on GitHub. There’s a download link for Naked WordPress on that page or you can grab it directly, so long as it says on GitHub, here. Naked WordPress is simple, and designed in a way that when you look at it and what it’s trying to do you’ll find running down that road to be surprisingly (really!) easy. It’s also documented incredibly well.
But the real point is that Naked WordPress is designed in a way that—are you ready?—designers should love. We have long-standing not-quite-perfect relationships with a few folks we hire for design work that center around them wanting to be designers and NOT be geeks:
Naked WordPress provides a jumping-off point everyone can handle.
In WordPress there really is more than one way to skin a cat. Let’s talk about it.