Automattic Theme Team launches site to promote their framework


You might remember when the Automattic Theme Team announced their _s theme on ThemeShaper back in February. This week the team announced, a new home for the framework theme and those who build websites with it.

The personified theme (which is always fun, of course) says this on the home page (emphasis mine):

Hi, I’m a starter theme called _s, or underscores, if you like. I’m a theme meant for hacking so don’t use me as a Parent Theme. Instead try turning me into the next, most awesome, WordPress theme out there. That’s what I’m here for.

I find this interesting in a theme climate where everyone is promoting the use of theme frameworks – almost exclusively – as parent themes. Automattic’s team here, though, sees the theme’s goal differently. Ian Stewart, Michael Fields, and Lance Willett were the primary authors of _s, though twelve other folks receive credit for tweaks to the theme via Github on their site.

Have you used _s for a project? Do you think it stands up against other theme frameworks – particularly any of the paid ones?

4 thoughts on “Automattic Theme Team launches site to promote their framework

  1. I like to think of _s as a theme for making Parent Themes.

    Thanks for highlighting _s here, Ryan. And especially for highlighting the community contributions on GitHub. Pull requests are most welcome. I’m looking forward to _s getting more and more refined over the next year or so and seeing more and more people use it to make more and more amazing themes. It should be _super cool.

  2. I’ve used a custom variant of _s for most of my professional projects over the last six months or so. Beautiful, well-crafted theme!

  3. I have used the _s theme as a base for all of my projects, since it came out. It’s a great starter theme and it keeps getting better. Most of my work is custom and so I really just want to be able to do what I want, with little overhead. Also, isn’t WordPress already a framework? It can get old real fast sifting through the many layers of frameworks for sites these days. So, what’s great about WordPress is that you have a lot of options. “_s” is another great option for developers to tweak and turn into whatever they want.

  4. All my work with WordPress is about producing custom sites and I’ve just started using _s. Seems great, will def use it more. I don’t like the hassle of learning how frameworks work, seems like another layer of learning, so _s just perfect for me. A great platform to build on. Thanks Auttomattic (and all the other guys who contributed!).

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