BREW: An easy way to build WordPress themes with Bootstrap 3
Every once in a while I find myself needing to build or customize a WordPress theme. For the past two years I have been using ‘Standard’ theme from the now defunct 8bit. I like Standard. The code is clean. It is also built using Bootstrap, which is my favorite front-end framework. This blog is built with Standard. But the more I used it, the more I realized it wasn’t ideal (for me). When 8bit announced they were shutting their doors, I figured it was time to move on.
I made a list of what I wanted in a base theme. The list was short:
- Easy to customize
- Bootstrap 3
- No bloat
- options framework
I wasn’t satisfied with anything I found. The closest was this theme from 320 press. I liked that it was built on Bones, but it wasn’t fully updated for Bootstrap 3, and there were little things I didn’t like about it.
So I decided to make my own theme…and BREW was born. I can’t really take credit for it. It really just pulls together some of the best open source projects out there. Projects such as Bootstrap, WordPress, Bones, Navwalker, Redux and more. It is a work in progress, but I’m already using an early version of it for a new project and I’m pretty satisfied with it. I have no idea if others would want to use this, but I decided to throw it up on GitHub.
- Bootstrap 3
- sidebar and footer widgets
- Very clean out-of-the-box experience
- breadcrumbs (just uncomment in the page templates)
- Font Awesome
- Options Framework
If you’d like to try it out (or even contribute) you can find the link below: