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Skeleton is a simple, responsive WordPress theme based on the Skeleton Boilerplate. It has several useful shortcodes, such as tabs, toggles, cross-browser CSS3 buttons, and layout columns. It also includes a bbPress skin/stylesheet and sample child theme.
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Skeleton WordPress Theme

Notice: If you're updating from Skeleton 1.x, do not update from the master branch. Switch to the the 1.x branch instead.

If you're updating to 2.0, please take note of the changes as there are several.


Skeleton, authored by Casey Lee at Simple Themes is a simple, responsive WordPress theme based on the Skeleton Boilerplate. It has several useful shortcodes, such as tabs, toggles, cross-browser CSS3 buttons, and layout columns.

Live Demo:


  • Update Demo to 2.0
  • Add WooCommerce Documentation and Overrides
  • Cleanup and add SASS Source to Package

Installation & Basic Setup

To install Skeleton, you should unzip the package locally, then upload the smpl_skeleton folder to your WP site (via FTP):

It is highly recommended to use a child theme so you don't lose changes.

An example child theme is included in the package in the skeleton_childtheme folder.

Your final directory structure should be:



Activate skeleton_childtheme from Appearance > Themes and enjoy.

You can configure the options from Appearance → Theme Options.

If you need to customize any of theme options, copy the parent theme options.php to your child theme directory.

To override any of the parent theme functions, just copy the function(s) from the parent theme into your child theme's functions.php file. Skeleton will always give priority to the child theme.


Skeleton has several built in shortcodes. You can see them in action on the shortcodes demo page.


A callout is (by default) a rounded cornered styled inset box. It has two arguments:

  • align - aligns the callout left, right, or center
  • width - Only use this parameter if you must. Defined widths will not scale properly on all devices. Instead, consider embedding them in one of the column shortcodes.
[callout align="center" width="75%"]
This is a 75% centered callout box

[callout align="left" width="300px"]
This is a 300px left aligned callout box

[callout align="right" width="400px" title="Callout Title"]
This is a 400px right aligned callout box with title

[callout title="Callout Title"]
This is a callout with title and will expand the entire width of its parent container.

Fluid Columns

You've seen these before. The fractional shortcode combinations allow you to insert scalable columns into your content. The only rule here is, the last column must have a suffix of '_last'. See the example below.

// Three Columns Example
Column One - Add anything you want here

Column Two - Add anything you want here

Column Three - Add anything you want here

Available Options – Up to 6 columns

  • one_third
  • two_thirds
  • one_half
  • one_fourth
  • three_fourths
  • one_fifth
  • two_fifth
  • three_fifth
  • four_fifth
  • one_sixth
  • five_sixth

Cross-Browser CSS3 Buttons

Tested in IE7,IE8,IE9,Webkit, and Mozilla browsers. Preview all colors and sizes

[button align="center" color="white" size="small" link=""]Small Button[/button]


You can create tabs content within your content as well. Each tab needs a unique id (identifier) in order to work.

See a preview of the tabs in action here

[tab title="Tab 1" id="t1"]Tab 1 content[/tab]
[tab title="Tab 2" id="t2"]Tab 2 content[/tab]
[tab title="Tab 3" id="t3"]Tab 3 content[/tab]

Accordion Toggles

See them in action here.

[toggle title="Button text One"]
Toggle Content One

[toggle title="Button Text Two"]
Toggle Content Two

[toggle title="Button Text Three"]
Toggle Content Three

Latest Posts

Insert a list of your latest posts from specified category(s) into any page with optional thumbnail and excerpt.

[latest excerpt="true" thumbs="true" width="50" height="50" num="5" cat="8,10,11"]

Related Posts

Insert a list of related (tagged) posts.



Sometimes the WordPress editor will strip out your more advanced markup. This can be a real drag. By wrapping your code in [raw] tags, you can eliminate this issue.

[raw] YOUR SAFE HTML CODE [/raw]


If you ever need to clear an element, you can use the “clear” shortcode below.


Clear with Horizontal line:

Similar to “clear”, this does the same thing but adds a horizontal line below.


Layout Customization Hooks

You can find a list of these functions in the top of the functions.php file:

  • skeleton_above_header // Hook to add content before header
  • skeleton_header // Opening header tag and logo/header text
  • skeleton_header_extras // Additional content may be added to the header
  • skeleton_below_header // Hook to add content after header
  • skeleton_navbar // Opening navigation element and WP3 menus
  • skeleton_before_content // Opening content wrapper
  • skeleton_after_content // Closing content wrapper
  • skeleton_before_sidebar // Opening sidebar wrapper
  • skeleton_after_sidebar // Closing sidebar wrapper
  • skeleton_before_footer // Opening footer wrapper
  • skeleton_footer // The footer (includes sidebar-footer.php)
  • skeleton_after_footer // The closing footer wrapper
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