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WordPress beginner guide with boilerplate

Guide
by Abdul Bahri Developer

We love WordPress and have been working with it for many years. We have lots of boilerplates for WordPress, all of which serve different framework needs and complexities, but this guide is a quick overview of the basic’s and included a basic WordPress starter theme.

Note as an agency we never over-ride existing themes or use premium paid-for themes – we build from scratch. So the boilerplate reflects this – if you are looking for more of a starter theme, with structures and styles in place – we would suggest something like https://underscores.me/

You can download our boilerplate theme here.

As you can see, it is basic and bare-bones. Inside lib/functions/general.php you will see some of the standard functions we use including stripping things like WordPress’s version from the source, adding additional body classes, removing the theme editor (for the safety of clients who aspire to be a web developer).

When building for WordPress we commonly also start with the following plugins (unless our spec says otherwise)

  • Advanced Custom Fields Pro (awesome plugin)
  • Gravity Forms (in our opinion the best form plugin)
  • Wordfence (security plugin)
  • Yoast SEO (the leading SEO plugin)

If you would like further info drop me a call on 0161 237 3114 or an email (jay@abitgooey.com) and I can send you some more code examples.