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Zones | Components | Template system | Theme Options | Generators | Roadmap

Waboot Theme

Waboot is a multipurpose Wordpress theme with focus on speed, usability and modularity; it is aimed mainly to professionals and web agencies.

It's component-based nature allows developers to use only the features they need and helps them to keep the code base organized and easy to maintain.

A sample theme child is provided within the package.


  • yarn or npm install
  • composer install
  • gulp setup (requires Bower)

Usage (as parent theme)

  • Download the precompiled version here.
  • Copy waboot-child directory into wp-content/ and rename it accordingly to your project.
  • Follow the readme inside the child theme.

Key concepts

Waboot is based on the concept of zones and is built through components.

Components are self-contained micro-plugins that provide a specific feature (like: breadcrumbs, lazyloading, different types of headers and footers...).

Zones are layout partials that, by default, are rendered blank (or not rendered at all) unless some component is attached to them.

Components hook to zones with a specific weight. Components with lower weight are rendered before components with higher weight.

You can move around components by edit their render zone and weight through WordPress dashboard.

Learn more about zones and components.

No more template overriding

Waboot feature a redesigned template hierarchy system which goal is to keep template overriding at minimum.

Learn more about here.


Waboot provide flexibility through zones. Zones are layout partials to which components and widget areas can attach.

Like in WordPress hook system, lower priority components\widget areas are rendered before higher ones.

Predefined zones

Waboot ships with some predefined zones that can be visualized here:

"Waboot layout structure"

Widget areas are attached to zones with a default weight of 50.

Zones and components

Components can be easily moved between zones through WordPress dashboard:

"Selecting a zone"

Here you can change the component position (zone) and priority (weight).

For example, in the case of the Breadcrumb component shown above, you can choose to move it from the header zone to the sidebar primary zone, and fine-tuning its position above or below other components or widget areas.

Advanced topics on zones

Under the hood zones are just WordPress actions with standardized names. \Waboot\Layout provides a quick API to them.

Create a new zone

Create a new zone is easy:

  • Register the zone

    \WabootLayout()->create_zone(string <zone_name>, [\WBF\components\mvc\View|string|FALSE <zone_view>, array <zone_params>]);

    The only required param is the zone name. Zone name can be any [a-z-]+ string.

    The view (when provided) can be a WBF View or a string. If a string is provided, the template will be retrieved via locate_template().

  • Render the zone

    To render a zone, you only need to call \WabootLayout()->render_zone(<zone_name>); where you want to render it.

    If a template is assigned to the zone, make sure you included \WabootLayout()->do_zone_action(<zone_name>); within the that template.

Hook to a zone programmatically

When a zone is registered, Waboot prepares an action with a name like: "waboot/zones/<zone_name>". You can hook directly to this hook or use Layout API:


Beware: due to the fact that in WordPress the child functions.php is loaded before the parent one, the Waboot() will not be available outside hooks. To work, the above line must be run during an hook, for example: init.

//Example: include a template in a specific zone (main-bottom):

function append_foo_bar(){

Zones and widget areas

Waboot features an easy way to register new widgets areas, edit the default ones and attach them to zones.

The function Waboot\functions\get_widget_areas is called during widgets_init by Waboot\hooks\widget_areas\register_widget_areas.

You can edit or add new widgets area through "waboot/widget_areas/available" filter.

add_filter("waboot/widget_areas/available", function($widget_areas){
    //Edit, add, remove widget areas from $widget_areas array
    return $widget_areas;

$widget_areas is an associative array where the keys are widget area slugs or id. Every widget area can have a set of params.

Standard wordpress sidebar params (see, for example, twentysixteen_widgets_init() in twentysixteen theme):

  • name: the widget area name (default to: the slug)
  • description: the widget area description (default to empty string)
  • before_widget: html to print before the widget area (default to: <div id="%1$s" class="widget %2$s">)
  • after_widget: html to print after the widget area (default to: </div>)
  • before_title: html to print before the name (default to: <h3 class="widget-title">)
  • after_title: html to print after the name (default to: </h3>)

Custom Waboot params

  • render_zone: the zone slug in which the widget area has to be rendered

  • type: the widget area type (can be simple or multiple, default to: simple)

    When type is multiple, Waboot creates a number of widget areas accordingly to subareas param.

    These widget areas are named, by default, as "$name.' '.$index" (eg: "footer 1", "footer 2", ect...).

    You can control where the index is inserted by putting an {{ n }} placeholder in name param.

    Area slug\id dictates which template is used to render the area:

    • When type is single the widget area is rendered using: templates/widget_areas/standard.php view.

      If a file named templates/widget_areas/{$area_id}.php (eg: templates/widget_areas/footer.php) exists, then this file is used as template.

    • When type is multiple the widget area is rendered using: templates/widget_areas/parts/multi-widget-area.php view.

  • subareas: the number of subareas when type is multiple.

  • render_priority: A number which specify rendering priority for the area, a lower number means higher priority (Defaults to 50).

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Waboot components leverage on WBF Components to provide a flexible, multi-purpose environment.

Waboot ships with a component repository full of components ready to be used; you can also develop your custom components or install third-party components.

Refer to WBF docs to learn how to develop custom components.


You can manage components through dashboard.


For your convenience our components are categorized under three main categories: Layout, Effects and Utilities.

Each component has specific and layout-related settings. Specific settings (render zone, visibility, weight...) can be customized directly through components UI.

Theme Options page aggregates and organize layout settings of active components.

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Template system

With Waboot, we revisited some features of the WordPress template system with the following goals:

  • To stay as DRY as possible.
  • To make as much agile as possible the practice of templates overriding in child themes.
  • To adhere to a "Convention over configuration" principle.

In particular:

  • The first entrance point is the index.php file. In classic WordPress this file is used as last resort solution.

    We did that in order to keep the template files in the root folder at minimum and to avoid the repeating of get_header\get_footer\get_sidebar and layout wrappers among multiple files.

    index.php acts as a router and includes the correct template partial based on current request.

    We achieved that by rendering here a zone called "content", which has (as primary default hook) a function that respond to requests and includes the correct partial.

  • Classic WordPress template files can be found under templates/.

    These templates are stripped of the usual header, footer and sidebar includes, which are handled by index.php.

  • Archive templates can be easily customized in child themes without many archive-$posttype.php or taxonomy-$taxonomy.php files in root folder.

    Waboot archive.php file automatically includes the right archive-$posttype.php or taxonomy-$taxonomy.php file under templates/archive folder.

  • Author templates follows a similar logic: Waboot author.php file automatically includes the right author-$nicename.php or taxonomy-$id.php file under templates/author folder.

  • Custom templates (those that are selectable from the dashboard) can be treated as partials as well.

    Waboot automatically recognizes any file called content-[a-z]+ under templates/parts-tpl as custom template partial and make it selectable from the dashboard.

    Then, page.php automatically includes the partial you selected.

  • We used WBF Views wherever possible. WBF Views has some advantages over classic get_template_part() function.

    Views can be found under: templates/view-parts.

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Theme Options

Waboot features many predefined options that allow the customization of many aspects of the theme. Child themes can additional enrich them.

Refers to WBF Options module to learn how to implement new options.

Of particular interest is the section denominated "Posts and Pages". In this section there are special kind of options called "Behaviors".


Behaviors are options that can be customized on post\page basis. In "Posts and Pages" section you can set their default values relatively to the available post-types.

Later, when editing a specific post or page, you can change the default values specifically for that post, as shown below:


Refers to WBF Behaviors module to learn more about behaviors and how to implement them.

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Generators are a feature that allows developers to specify configurations in JSON files (generators), that can be later imported.

Generators are good to create different startup configurations for your child themes. In Waboot they are used to bootstrap different configurations of Components and Theme Options.

More informations and tutorials here.



✔️ Bugfix releases.


  • ✔️ Generators introduction

  • ✔️ Bugfix releases.


  • ✔️ The "wordpress" template directory will be removed.

  • ✔️ Bugfix.


  • ✔️ Exclusive support for WBF 1.1.0

  • Bugfix


  • ✔️ Deprecation of Bootstrap dependency

  • ✔️ Components repository

  • Bugfix


  • Templates and logic refinements

  • Bugfix

🎉 Official Waboot launch! 🚀

Future releases

  • Full support for customizer

  • Implementation of tests

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