Responsive WordPress Theme WP-Forge

Latest Update: August 22, 2014 | View Changes: Commit: 2296a274cf9bf9bc2f9205bc813d752f6a1a09ef

Forge – to form or make, especially by concentrated effort

A responsive WordPress theme, WP-Forge is based on the popular Twenty Twelve theme and built using a combination of two powerful platforms. The first being WordPress, the leading open source blogging tool and content management system. The second is Zurb’s Foundation (v5.4), the most advanced responsive front-end framework.

I know your probably asking yourself “OK, I know what WordPress is and what it can do but what exactly is this Foundation?” Good question!

Foundation is a responsive front-end framework. Foundation is what makes WP-Forge a responsive WordPress theme. It is similar to Twitters’ Bootstrap, but a BAZILLION times better! It’s much easier to configure and use. Foundation also comes packed with all kinds of goodies. You get cool things like tooltips, modal popups, a slider, pricing tables and a whole bunch more. Combine that with WordPress and you get a responsive WordPress theme that makes creating websites fun and exciting again! Check out the Foundation Docs for a full list of everything Foundation has to offer and you’ll understand why I chose to throw them into the mix.

Responsive WordPress Theme Features

  • Built with HTML5
    HTML5 offers more advanced features, runs on almost in any browser including mobile browsers and provides faster load times.
  • Fully Responsive
    WP-Forge uses media queries to fit any screen resolution. This means your site will look good on any device.
  • Easily Customizable
    With its clean and simple layout, you can quickly turn any design into a theme using WP-Forge.

Built with WordPress standards in mind!

Not only is WP-Forge a responsive WordPress theme, it was developed by following the WordPress Theme Standards set forth by WordPress. It was also built using the following resources:

  • WP-Test – An exhaustive set of test data that was developed over three years to measure the integioty of themes and plugins. Developed by Michael Novotny
  • Theme Unit Test – A set of test data similar to WP-Test, except it was created by the WordPress Theme Review Team
  • Debug Bar – a debugging menu added to the admin bar that quickly shows query, cache, and other helpful debugging information.
  • Log Deprecated Notices – a plugin that helps identify old WordPress API functions a theme or plugin is currently using so they can be updated to the newer methods.
  • Theme Check – a simple and easy way to test your theme for all the latest WordPress standards and practices.
  • Theme Mentor – Similar to the Theme-Check plugin. It dives deeper into code analysis to ensure best practices, like checking for the dequeueing of jQuery.
  • Viewport Resizer – a handy bookmarklet that will load your site in a viewport the size of commonly used devices such as smartphones, iPads and tablets. This is helpful in testing responsive design.
  • Screenfly – Responsive screen testing on monitors, tablets, smart phones, and more (personally one of my favorites).

Looking for a great WordPress Child Theme?

Look no further! My WordPress child theme WP-Starter was developed specifically for use with WP-Forge. Now you can create any theme you want without losing any modifications if you update to the latest version of WP-Forge. Get more information and check out WP-Starter. You should also read about the benefits of using a child theme over at the WordPress Codex.

Start building your Responsive WordPress Theme today!

WP-Forge is released to the masses under the GNU General Public License, which means it is completely free. In case you were wondering, Foundation is released under the MIT License which also makes it free to use.

What does this mean for you? It means you can use responsive WordPress theme WP-Forge to learn something new, create something cool, have fun, and share what you’ve learned with others. I would love to hear what you think about WP-Forge, so please leave a comment. Enjoy!

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Responsive WordPress Theme WP-Forge was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by Thomas Vasquez

56 thoughts on “Responsive WordPress Theme WP-Forge”

  1. beck410

    thanks so much for making this! – i’ve tried many starter themes, parent themes etc and they all didnt make sense to me until now – i love wp-forge!

  2. Olafson

    Yo Buddy. Very sharp, fresh n crispy WordPress Theme u drop. Thanks for that nice move!

    I think i’ve found one bug. When u resize the Browser Window between 940px & 830px, the Main Nav (Dropdown) doesnt work correct. Testet in latest Chrome/Firefox.

    1. Thomas Vasquez Post Author

      You are very welcome. I hope you have as much fun using it as I had putting it together. Remember, if you run into any issues, please feel free to use the forums or drop me a line and I will do my best to assist in any way I can.

    1. Thomas Vasquez Post Author

      Hi Tom,

      Actually not yet but very soon. I was going to release before Christmas, but with everything going on I just didn’t get a chance to. I have one more thing to finish on the new theme and then I am going to release it, so possibly this weekend. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter please do so as I will post about the new release. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Michael

    Hey Thomas,

    Thank you for doing this. I’m glad you decided to keep WP-Starter around. I just installed WordPress for the first time and was very, very happy to find Forge and Starter. I noticed that when WP-Starter is the active WordPress theme, the RSS badge that usually appears in Safari 5’s URL bar doesn’t appear. I realize that Apple has removed RSS detection in newer versions of Safari, and that an RSS link is part of the META widget, but I thought you might want to know that Safari 5 doesn’t detect an RSS feed when using your theme. Thanks again and nice work!


    1. Thomas Post Author

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for the heads up. I honestly have no idea what that is as i do not use Safari. I have it installed on my system along with IE, FF, Chrome and Opera and I have never seen the RSS badge you are referring to. I will look into though. Again I appreciate the feedback.

  4. Andrew St Bernard

    Is the offcanvas nav available standard on all screens, as in F5, instead of only through media query on a smaller screen?

      1. frihet87

        One of the advantages that comes with scss is 5 standard CSS files (foundation.css, wp-forge-fonts.css, style.css, font-awesome.css & normalize.css) are compiled and minified into a single file. The performance benefit alone is worth it!

        1. Thomas Post Author

          And I totally agree, however I think WP-Forge needs to be kept as simple as possible in order to appeal to the larger audience of individuals out there who do not know how to use sass. If someone who knows sass wants to add it to WP-Forge they can do so. I don’t think it would be too hard ;)

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  6. Adam

    Thank you for your work on this! I loved using this as a base for one of my projects. I’ll be excited to play with a Sass version when it comes out. Anyhow, I have found myself here multiple times since last year and I keep telling myself to thank you. I’ll have to buy you a beer soon!

    1. Thomas Post Author

      Hi Adam,

      Sorry for the late reply. Thank you very much and you are very welcome. A beer sounds great, especially when I am sitting here working on WP-Forge ;)

    1. Thomas Post Author

      Well WP-Forge does have the following in functions.php:

         // Makes our theme support WooCommerce
         add_theme_support( 'woocommerce' );

      but I am sure you mean something else. If this is the case, please start a new thread in the forums, in the feature request section.

  7. Stefan

    Thanks Thomas,
    just switched from Reverie to WP-Forge. The Customization from within the Backend is a really great Idea. Especially for clients.
    Pure CSS! I’m a little bit old-school and have no time learning SASS and stuff. So your theme comes very handy to me.
    Are you planning to update this Theme constantly? I’m developing solely with Foundation and WordPress so I would be really happy to use this theme as long as possible. I’m also not afraid of a chargeable Premium Version with long time support and updates.
    Keep it up!

    1. Thomas Post Author

      Hi Stefan,

      I am glad you like the theme and are part of the old school brigade. I am old school as well but I am trying to learn this sass thing so I can keep moving along.

      And to answer your question about updates, yes I plan on updating her constantly. I try to stay up with Foundation and update WP-Forge when they update foundation. I think I have only been behind for a few days…lol – So no need for premium support amigo I am here for the long haul ;)

      1. ferrisoxide

        Actually, it is. Both the “Joomla” templates on the /develop/tools page are WordPress themes. I think we might want to point this out to the Zurb guys. Theme looks great by the way, but obviously not what Joomla folks are looking for.

  8. Joshua Hendinata

    Just exactly what I need for my theme, a simple foundation ready wordpress theme. Thanks man, you saved hundreds of hours for me! Looking forward for the latest development!

  9. Violacase

    Hi Thomas,

    Just out of curiousity: why did you choose twenty twelve as a template base for Forge? As far as I know these templates aren’t built with mobile first development in mind.

    1. Thomas Post Author

      I chose Twenty Twelve because of her simplicity. Take a really good look at Twenty Twelve and you will see a theme that isn’t bloated, is coded very well and is easy to customize. And you are right, Twenty Twelve is not mobile first, that didn’t happen until I added Foundation to the mix ;)

  10. Carol Dodsley

    Hi there – Im new to WP-Forge and using the stater child theme and am trying to work out how to create a full page layout page template but cant find any single.php or similar to be able to take that and add the extra code to make it a full page template?

    1. Thomas Post Author

      Hi Carol,

      WP-Forge already has a full page layout template. If you want to use it then all you have to do is select the full width template when creating your page.

      This template is located in a sub folder of the parent theme folder WP-Forge. The sub-folder is called page-templates. This full-width template relies on the content-page.php file. I suggest if you are new to using a WordPress child theme that you read the WordPress Codex

  11. Patrick Steil

    I believe we have found the best Foundation based WordPress theme out there! And we will be using this for all our church website themes we are porting to WordPress!

    Great job!

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