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This article was published on April 12, 2011

Roots starter gets you developing WordPress themes rapidly

Roots starter gets you developing WordPress themes rapidly
Joel Falconer
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

Roots is a starter theme for WordPress development that lets you focus on completing designs instead of spending unnecessary time getting the WordPress functionality working.

Roots is based on the markup of HTML5 Boilerplate and the WordPress PHP of Starkers (another starter theme).

It comes with the CSS frameworks Blueprint, which is more general, and 960.gs, which is a grid-only framework.

Roots includes several other interesting features — cleaner WordPress code output and blog posts that support the hNews microformat.

Roots is the work of designer Ben Word.