Video: Final Walkthrough of Underscores to Discuss Theme Functionality and Adjust Code

Tweaking Underscores for Theme Projects

In this video series, I show you exactly how I use a fresh copy of Underscores to start every single one of my theme projects.

full course
  1. Downloading A Fully Branded Copy of the Underscores Starter Theme by Automattic
  2. Making Initial Adjustments to the Underscores Stylesheet Before Building Themes
  3. Changing Underscores from Page-width to Full-width and Creating a Visual Structure
  4. Creating a More Organized File Structure in Underscores and Reviewing File Contents
  5. Final Walkthrough of Underscores to Discuss Theme Functionality and Adjust Code

I get a little more technical in this video but not by much. Here, I actually take you inside of some of the files and make code adjustments that I feel are more suitable for one of my theme projects.

Your projects may have different needs and requirements so the adjustments you make could be different. However, it’s important to know what is what within each file so you know what to delete, keep, and add to.

This is the last video of the series. Thanks for watching! Be sure to share the course with your Twitter followers. If you have an questions, comments, or concerns, leave a comment below.

Happy coding!

Tweaking Underscores for Theme Projects

In this video series, I show you exactly how I use a fresh copy of Underscores to start every single one of my theme projects.

full course
  1. Downloading A Fully Branded Copy of the Underscores Starter Theme by Automattic
  2. Making Initial Adjustments to the Underscores Stylesheet Before Building Themes
  3. Changing Underscores from Page-width to Full-width and Creating a Visual Structure
  4. Creating a More Organized File Structure in Underscores and Reviewing File Contents
  5. Final Walkthrough of Underscores to Discuss Theme Functionality and Adjust Code
9 Comments:
  1. Hi Sean,
    I have used _s in the past, but never thought of reorganising the whole theme to build myself a base framework – thanks for the amazing walkthrough.
    Do you have a copy of the fully tweaked _s for download?
    Loved this series! Keep up the good work.
    Cheers,
    Vijay

  2. Hi Sean,
    i really enjoyed your tutorial!
    in fact it is exactly what i was looking for to begin with underscore, understand how it works, and now it’s super clear.
    Until now i’m working with genesis (and before that with ultimatum, but i have let it now), and i’m wondering what is better, what do you think as you have also used genesis ?
    the fact is i found tutorials for everything on genesis just typing in google, but i don’t understand all the files.
    here i understand everything…now :-).
    Also, what do you think of _tk the _s version with bootstrap, i don’t know if use bs with sass or bourbon…
    Well building my tools and it’s not easy to take decisions, so if you have any advice i will be happy !
    btw, i also love your site design an color palette.
    Hope you will make good new tutorials like this one 🙂
    All the best

    Alexandra

    • Hi, Alexandra! Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you liked the tutorial and found it useful.

      I’ve used genesis, Thesis, and I also have my own framework called Volatyl. Frameworks have their place but I don’t think people should default to them as a first choice. They benefit freelance WordPress developers the most. For regular users, they’re pretty much unnecessary. Standalone themes give you the most control.

      My advice is that if you want to understand how your site is built so that you can do anything you want with it, use Underscores or something like it (all true starter themes follow the same concept but I think Underscores is the best). Unless you’re a freelance developer that needs to rapidly deploy WordPress websites, I really don’t see the point in using a framework.

  3. Thank you for your answer!
    i will continue to dig into underscores, i have decided to use it with bourbon + neat
    and it’s a good way to learn.
    btw, yes i am a freelance developer
    so i will use underscores or genesis depending on the case
    and i just caught now a new client who prefer to use underscores, so thanks to your tutorial i can accept this work 🙂
    The structure he wants is super simple, so it will be perfect to practice my new knowledge!

  4. I have customized many wordpress themes before but decided now to build a theme of my own based on underscores. Your courses have been my first introduction to building themes with underscores and I already feel confident to get working with it 🙂

    • Outstanding! People think it’s harder than what it is. I’m glad my course was able to clear some of that up. Feel free to share one once you’re finished. 🙂

  5. Fantastic series. Thank you. I’ve been playing around with _s for a year or so now looking at every article/tutorial that I could find and I just wanted to say your series is by far the best I’ve seen. Your well thought out approach, deep knowledge of WordPress, and to the point instruction have really helped me step up my game. Watching your videos a few times over the past couple of months while developing a few _s based sites for clients has helped me get a much better understanding of both _s and WordPress. Thanks again.

    • Thank you for the feedback, Tom! I am absolutely thrilled that you found the course useful. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know!

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