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A starter theme from WebDevStudios. https://wdunderscores.com

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Hi. I'm a starter theme called wd_s, or wdunderscores. I'm a theme meant for hacking so don't use me as a Parent Theme. Instead, try turning me into the next, most awesome, WordPress theme out there. That's what I'm here for!

I feature some of the web's most proven technologies like: Tailwind, npm, webpack, Sass, and PostCSS. To help you write clean code (that meets WordPress standards), we tap into @wordpress/scripts for linting CSS and JavaScript. Did I mention that I'm also accessible? Yup. I pass both WCAG 2.1AA and Section 508 standards out of the box.

I also support Selective Refresh and Live Preview in the Theme Customizer.

Not to mention, I use Browsersync so you can watch your project update in real-time while you work.

Looking to use some of our custom Gutenberg blocks? It's easy! Add the WDS Blocks plugin for a quick starter including our Accordion and Carousel blocks.

Looking to use some of our Advanced Custom Fields Gutenberg Blocks? It's also easy! Add the WDS ACF Blocks plugin for a whole set of blocks built with ACF including: Accordion, Carousel, Call To Action, Fifty/Fifty, Hero, Recent Posts, and Related Posts.

Getting Started


Because I compile and bundle assets via NPM scripts, basic knowledge of the command line and the following dependencies are required:

Quick Start

If you want to keep it simple, head over to https://wdunderscores.com and generate your wd_s based theme from there. You just input the name of the theme you want to create, click the "Generate" button, and you get your ready-to-awesomize starter theme. Alternatively, you could download a pre-built ZIP


If you want to set me up manually:

  1. Download and extract the zip into your wp-content/themes directory and rename wd_s to fit your needs.

  2. Find & Replace

You'll need to change all instances of the name: wd_s.

  • Search for: @package wd_s and replace with: @package project_name to capture the package name
  • Update "WebDevStudios\wd_s,wd_s" to: "CompanyName\project_name,project_name" (with double quotes) in phpcs.xml.dist
  • Search for: WebDevStudios\wd_s and replace with: CompanyName\project_name to capture the namespaces
  • Update "webdevstudios/wd_s" to "companyname/project_name" (with double quotes) in composer.json
  • Search for: , 'wd_s' and replace with: , 'project_name' (inside backticks) to capture the text domain
  • Update Text Domain: wd_s to: Text Domain: project_name in style.css
  • Update "wd_s" to: "project_name" (with double quotes) in phpcs.xml.dist and package.json
  • Update 'wd_s' to: 'project_name' (with single quotes) in inc/setup/setup.php
  • Search for: wd_s_ and replace with: project_name_ to capture all the function names
  • Search for: 'wd_s- and replace with: 'project_name- to capture prefixed handles
  • Search for wd_s.pot and replace with: project_name.pot to capture translation files
  • Search for wdunderscores.test and replace with: project_name.test to match your local development URL
  • Edit the theme information in the header of style.scss to meet your needs


From the command line, change directories to your new theme directory:

cd /wp-content/themes/your-theme

Install theme dependencies and trigger an initial build.

Note: You will need to have Composer and NPM 7 installed first.

npm i --legacy-peer-deps


From the command line, type any of the following to perform an action:

Command Action
npm run watch Builds assets and starts Live Reload and Browsersync servers
npm run start Builds assets and starts Live Reload server
npm run build Builds production-ready assets for a deployment
npm run lint Check all CSS, JS, MD, and PHP files for errors
npm run format Fix all CSS, JS, MD, and PHP formatting errors automatically

Contributing and Support

Your contributions and support tickets are welcome. Please see our contributing guidelines before submitting a pull request.

wd_s is free software, and is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 or any later version. See LICENSE.md for complete license.

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