You might already know about Underscores, often abbreviated as _s, which is a popular starter theme for WordPress. This is a big project maintained by Automattic which is the company operating WordPress.
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Recently they created another tool called Components. This is a free online theme generator built on WordPress with custom blueprints made for portfolios, business sites, and different blog themes from standard blogs to magazines.
Components is completely free to use and it’s one of the most powerful generators on the web. Why start a new theme from scratch when you can work with the proven Underscores framework?
Each theme comes with a responsive layout, pre-built menus, and Sass code along with raw CSS.
You just need to select which template you want and give it a name (for example "My Theme"). Other optional info can include the theme’s slug, the author’s name/URI, and a brief description of the theme.
But with just a theme name you can download a complete package with a basic Underscores WP theme ready to go.
Naturally you can customize all of these themes to your liking and they’re pretty simple to work with.
Some developers may prefer to work with their own codebase rather than relying on someone else’s. But if you need to get a project online fast there’s no better way to get moving than with a pre-built blueprint.
You can also find all the Components source code on GitHub along with the individual themes located by themselves. If you want a WordPress-approved theme blueprint then the Components generator is an excellent place to start.