Say Hello to WP-Forge, an awesome WordPress theme built with Zurb’s Foundation for Sites. By combining WordPress and Foundation for Sites I have created a WordPress theme that’s super easy to use and very versatile.
Now, I know you’re probably asking yourself “OK, I know what WordPress is but what is Foundation for Sites?” That my friend is a very good question!
Foundation for Sites is a responsive front-end framework developed by a southern California web development company called Zurb. It’s similar to Bootstrap, but is much easier to configure and use. In addition to being super easy to use, Foundation for Sites comes packed with extras like styled buttons, tabs, accordions and a whole bunch more. Make sure you read the Foundation for Sites documentation for a full list of everything Foundation has to offer and you’ll understand why I chose to use this awesome framework.
The Features of WP-Forge
Built with HTML5
HTML5 offers more advanced features, runs on almost in any browser including mobile browsers and provides faster load times.
Foundation for Sites uses media queries that help WP-Forge adjust seamlessly to any screen resolution. These media queries allow your site to look good on any device.
With its clean and simple layout, you can quickly turn any design into a great theme using WP-Forge. It comes with many options that can be changed via the Customizer.
Built with WordPress standards in mind!
Not only was WP-Forge developed by following the WordPress Theme Standards set forth by WordPress, it was also built using the following resources:
- WordPress Beta Tester – This ensures that I am using the latest bleeding edge nightlies of WordPress and also ensures WP-Forge is future proof.
- WP-Test – An exhaustive set of test data that was developed over three years to measure the integrity of themes and plugins.
- 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.
- 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).
Can I Use A WordPress Child Theme?
If you like to using child themes and need a great place to start, I have developed a great WordPress child theme called WP-Starter. This theme was created specifically for use with WP-Forge. You can use WP-Starter along with WP-Forge to create any theme you want. The good thing about using a child theme is that when I push out an update to WP-Forge, you won’t lose any modification you made.
Start building your web site 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 my WP-Forge to learn something new, create something cool, have fun, and share what you’ve learned with others. Enjoy!
Check Out the WP-Forge Demo