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WordPress starter theme based on HTML5 Boilerplate & Bootstrap

Roots Theme

Roots is a starting WordPress theme made for developers that’s based on HTML5 Boilerplate and Bootstrap from Twitter.


  • Clone the git repo - git clone git:// - or download it
  • Reference the theme activation documentation to understand everything that happens once you activate Roots


Edit lib/config.php to enable or disable support for various theme functions and to define constants that are used throughout the theme.

Edit lib/init.php to setup custom navigation menus and post thumbnail sizes.


Take a look at the documentation table of contents.


  • HTML5 Boilerplate’s markup and .htaccess
  • Bootstrap from Twitter
  • Theme wrapper
  • Root relative URLs
  • Clean URLs (no more /wp-content/)
  • All static theme assets are rewritten to the website root (/assets/css/, /assets/img/, and /assets/js/)
  • Cleaner HTML output of navigation menus
  • Cleaner output of wp_head and enqueued scripts/styles
  • Posts use the hNews microformat
  • Multilingual ready (Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Vietnamese)

Build Script

The grunt branch contains a build script powered by grunt. More information can be found at Integrating grunt.js with Roots.

  • Easily compile LESS files
  • Minification and concatenation without plugins
  • Fewer requests made to the server (one CSS file, one main JS file besides Modernizr and jQuery)
  • Ensures valid JavaScript
  • Others working on your project are able to use the same build script and have a unified development process
  • Code is optimized for production use


Everyone is welcome to help contribute and improve this project. There are several ways you can contribute:


Use the Google Group to ask questions and get support.

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