I wrote yesterday about the creation of my WordPress starter theme, ‘Oystershell’, that I’ve used as the base for the development of the theme for this website. I mentioned that I had looked at a range of other starter themes to get ideas and inspiration, and in some cases actual code, to help with the development.

The most influential was ‘Underscores’ — or ‘_s’ — which ended up being, if you like, the starter theme for my starter theme.

_s has a good pedigree built as it is by the Theme Team at Automattic. I liked it because, despite its sophistication, it seemed simpler to understand than some of the others I looked at.