Axe WordPress Starter Theme

Cut through the BS and get straight to work!

Axe is a simple bare bones WordPress starter theme structure. It’s a theme meant to be a starting point to get you set up and running as fast as possible.

My build workflow might not be very orthodox but I typically review the design, Setup my Custom post types using Custom Post Type UI and setup any page data structures using ACF.

Simply being able to plow ahead creating my site structures and loading in real or fake content lets me have something tangible to work with.

Download Axe here.

Another tip that I can provide is using console.log to output my ACF structures reducing the need to be to refer back to the admin pages. Check it out here.


Included is a blower file preset with Bootstrap SASS, jQuery and a couple other commonly used packages. Bower is going to download packages to /src/vendor.

The src folder stores your SASS and JS that should be compiled into /assets.

Use whatever build tool you want. A CodeKit file has been included to get up and running FAST. Gulp and Grunt are fine but do you really need it?

Page templates

Placing a file under templates/content-home.php will resolve the home page. Using content-contact.php would be used by /contact

Post format templates

Placing a file under templates/format-video.php will resolve all video formats.

Custom Post Type templates

Placing a file under templates/single-books.php will resolve all custom post type single posts.

Custom Taxonomies

Placing a file under templates/archive-books.php will resolve a custom taxonomy for Books /books/sci-fi/ also using a custom loop. The default archive would be archive-default.php using the default post loop.

Custom Loops

If you have a custom post type called Books, creating content-books.php and loading a custom loop like loop-books.php with all the necessary “Loop” code would give you your custom book loop.

See loop-post.php for an example.


@import "components/base-variables";
@import "components/bootstrap-variables";
@import "components/bootstrap-custom";

Since loading Bootstrap from the vendor folder means you can’t modify your variables without risk over overwriting them, A copy has been made in the /src folder.

base-variables houses any site specific variables that you might need.

bootstrap-custom allows you to easily comment out any unused Bootstrap code that you won’t be using. This lets you output a more minimal css file.

Child theme


Template tags are modified and simplified versions of _S

Bonus Tip

This .htaccess tip from Steve Grunwell will attempt to load an upload file locally before trying your production server.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine on

  # Attempt to load files from production if
  # they're not in our local version
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
  RewriteRule wp-content/uploads/(.*) \
    http://{PROD}/wp-content/uploads/$1 [NC,L]


This theme is made for Me, and with my workflow in mind. That said, If you have anything to add send me an email [email protected]

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