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HTML5 Blank is a powerful shell for rapidly deploying your WordPress projects. Get developing in minutes, with the robust, preloaded shell.

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HTML5 Blank

HTML5 Blank is a powerful shell for rapidly deploying your WordPress projects. Get developing in minutes, with the robust, preloaded shell. HTML5 Blank.

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  • Basic Semantic HTML5 Markup
  • W3C Valid Code Foundations
  • Responsive Ready, ViewPort meta data
  • HTML Class support for IE7, IE8, IE9 Conditionals (HTML5 Boilerplate)
  • Clean, neatly organised code, with PHP annotations

jQuery + JavaScript

  • Replaced built-in WordPress enqueue with Google CDN
  • Protocol relative jQuery if Google CDN offline (HTML5 Boilerplate)
  • Modernizr feature detection, HTML5 element support for legacy, progressive enhancement (HTML5 Boilerplate)
  • DOM Ready JavaScript file setup (scripts.js) for instant JavaScript development
  • JavaScript files enqueued using WordPress functions into wp_head


  • HTML5 Boilerplate reset
  • Media Queries framework for instant development using @media
  • @font-face empty framework with Fonts folder setup ready for new custom fonts
  • CSS3 custom selection styles
  • Inline print styles (HTML5 Boilerplate)
  • Body element config, including Optimize Legibility for kerning and font-smoothing
  • Replaced focus styles to avoid blue blur in field elements, replaced with border
  • Stylesheet enqueued using WordPress functions into wp_head

Preloaded Functions (functions.php)

  • Enqueue Scripts functions setup
  • Enqueue Styles functions setup
  • Dynamic WordPress Menu Navigation Support, preloaded with 3 Dynamic menus
  • Cleaned up dynamic nav output (Remove outer 'div')
  • Remove all injected classes from nav items, ID's, Page ID's
  • Custom Post Type x1 preloaded for demonstration, supporting: Category, Tags, Post Thumbnails, Excerpts
  • Dynamic Sidebar with x2 Widget Areas, and sidebar.php setup
  • WordPress Thumbnail Support, no Plugin image cropping, custom Arrays and Thumbnail settings
  • Custom Excerpt callbacks, with changeable callback numbers
  • Replaced 'Read More' button for custom Excerpt callbacks
  • Demo Shortcodes included, with Nested Shortcode capability
  • Add Slug to body class (Starkers Theme credit)
  • wp_head functions stripped right down, remove excess injected junk
  • All functions annotated, categorised into sections, filters, actions, shortcodes etc.
  • Space for development, neatly organised code with Modules/External files

Theme Files and Functionality

  • Built in Pagination, no plugins (strips out prev + next post and gives page numbers)
  • Optimised Google Analytics in footer (HTML5 Boilerplate)
  • Widget Area Sidebar support, functions in place to get developing
  • Custom Search Form included (searchform.php) - fully editable
  • Tags support for showing Post Tags
  • Category support for showing the Category of post
  • Author support showing the author
  • Demo Custom Page Template for expansion
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