The bare minimum needed to pass WordPress.com VIP theme review
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Minimum Viable Theme for VIP

What is this?

This is a super stripped down version of underscores with modifications. This theme implements enough to:

  • Pass the VIP Scanner tool
  • Work on the WordPress.com VIP platform
  • Be picked up by WordPress
  • Load a stylesheet
  • Implement a basic 404
  • Call the hooks needed for WordPress to function

And nothing more.

If you have a static design, replace what needs replacing in index.php and make sure 404.php is presentable, then update style.css to match your new theme name and styling. Remember to replace screenshot.png with something nice.

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