With the release of WP-Forge v5.0.2 over the weekend, I asked the following question:
So I would like to know if I should continue with WP-Starter or put her out to pasture?
Now even though I may not have gotten many inquiries about the child theme and it may not have as many downloads as WP-Forge, she is still near and dear to my heart. So I have decided to keep her updated.
I took what Jip (the only commenter on the WP-Starter issue) had to say to heart. There were a lot of unnecessary files included. So I read the Codex section on Child themes, then I re-read the section, then I did some more research and confirmed that there are only 3 files required for a child theme:
- functions.php (empty of course)
I realized that I had inadvertently made WP-Starter unuseful right from the get go by including pretty much all of the files from WP-Forge. Yes I know, shame on me.
So this morning, while drinking the first cup of coffee of 2014, I updated WP-Starter and took everything out that wasn’t needed. Now there are only three files with the theme and they are the ones mentioned earlier (of course there is a readme.txt file and other files pertaining to Github) and nothing more.
So I have decided that I will keep her updated and what I mean by updated is I will make sure that she will be compatible with any changes that are made to WP-Forge in the future. The version number will also coincide with the version number of WP-Forge.
So there you have it, WP-Starter will live on and be available for all to use and enjoy. If you use this newer version of WP-Starter to create a web site, I would love to see what you developed.