After adding Sass support early last week, we added yet another enhancement to Underscores that should make everyone’s life easier. Philip Arthur Moore, the first external committer to the Underscores project, announced the change on his blog and went into some more details.
Delve into the Underscores starter theme in Jeff Chandler’s WP Tavern interview with Automattic code wrangler Konstantin Obenland. Find out how it’s meant to be used in theme development and how to contribute to the project, and explore a sampling of the outstanding sites built using Underscores.
WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith explains why
template_include, and not
template_redirect, should be used to load alternative template files.
Expert WordPress theme developer Drew Strojny lays out why you should use a WordPress starter theme.
Default theme developer, Konstantin Obenland (who helped build the last three themes that shipped with WordPress!), shares some insight into the design and development of previous default themes, and proposes an interesting approach to the development of Twenty Fifteen. Twenty Fifteen →
Make sure your theme is ready for language packs by following this essential guide from Otto: Language Packs 101 – Prepwork.
Chip Bennett, Team Rep and Administrator of the WordPress Theme Review Team, wrote a comprehensive post about the intricacy around home page and front page templates. Highlights are his tips around conditionals in
front-page.php to avoid code duplication. Enjoy!
Looking for a better way to manage featured posts from theme to theme? Kirk Wight has a great post explaining how to use Jetpack Featured Content in your theme.