When it comes to sharing resources, I try to do a good job of publishing that stuff that I’ve found useful or that I don’t think is necessarily getting the attention that it deserves.

The majority of my friends who are developers or designers maintain their own blogs and publish their own stuff, so I rarely see the need to cross-post any content.

But there are times I make exceptions and such is the case with Less – a free minimal WordPress theme.

Less - a Free Minimal WordPress Theme

Less is built and maintained by my good friend and business partner Jared Erickson.

If you’re a developer or a designer looking to get started with WordPress development, then I recommend taking a look under-the-hood of Less (which you can do on GitHub):

The theme features:

  • The most minimal requirements for a valid WordPress theme
  • LESS for CSS
  • Follows the WordPress coding conventions

If you’re a blogger looking for a new theme, then be sure to check it out, too.

The theme includes:

  • A single column, responsive layout
  • Large text and full width images
  • No widgetized areas (seriously minimal!)
  • Custom menu in the header
  • …and more

If you’re a budding theme developer or even someone who is simply looking to get more experienced with something like LESS, I recommend checking out the codebase. It’s lean, easy to understand, and freely available. I’ve even contributed a pull request of my own, so why not, right?

Be sure to check it out and give Jared some props on his site.

Along those same lines, what are you guys’ thoughts on themes like this? Rather than trying to “build the world” and include as many features as possible, what do you think of the hardcore minimalistic approach?

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