Trevor Turk

A chess-playing machine of the late 18th century, promoted as an automaton but later proved a hoax.

New WordPress theme: Simplest

When I came back to using WordPress recently, I was disappointed by the overwhelming complexity of the themes in the Theme Directory. I wanted to build something for my own site, but I was having trouble finding a reasonable base that I could build upon. What's the bare minimum necessary to make a fully functioning theme for WordPress 3.0.1? The answer wasn't clear. So, I set out to make the simplest possible theme for WordPress that would be approved for the Theme Directory. After a few revisions with the helpful guidance of the theme reviewers, it's available now: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/simplest The theme is good enough to use as-is, in my opinion, but it's first and foremost an example of the simplest possible theme that you can make for WordPress version 3.0.1. This makes is a a great candidate for do-it-yourself folks like me who want to make their own themes, but would like some basic level of support to build upon. Here's the code in case you're curious: It's 83 lines of PHP and 75 lines of CSS in 4 files. That's an extraordinarily small amount of code for a fully functional WordPress 3.0.1 theme. To put it into perspective, the current default theme "TwentyTen" clocks in at 1551 lines of PHP and 1951 lines of CSS in 24 files. Of course, they're not making an effort to be succinct, but with a functions.php file that's 483 lines of code alone, I find it to be rather confusing to navigate. So, I put something together that is truly minimal. Not only minimal in design, but has a minimal amount of clear, readable, understandable code. I hope you find it useful!

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