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  1. ThemeWarrior

    Will give it a try in the next few days.

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  2. Michael Musgrove

    There was a 3:1 girl to guy ratio for the team that built this. The “get women into tech” initiative seems to be working. Just an observation.

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  3. Shapeshifter 3

    It would be GREAT if Automattic would fork a second branch of this into a WordPress.org Theme Builder for end-users !

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    • David A. Kennedy

      These are starter themes. They’re more opinionated than your average starter themes, but they’re still unfinished so having them in the WordPress.org directory wouldn’t make much sense. They’re meant for designers, developers and those who want to build their own theme.

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      • Ryan Hellyer

        I don’t think Shapeshifter 3 was suggesting putting them in the dot org theme directory, but instead creating an official WordPress.org theme builder.

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        • Shapeshifter 3

          Thank you Ryan,

          You are exactly correct. I view this as a beginning foundation in creating an Official WordPress.org Theme builder. The end user would simply choose which Type of theme he/she desires, and then uses a more full-options panel in the Theme Customizer to fine-tune to their personal taste.

          All-the-while adhering to WordPress standards based upon Underscores.

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        • Shapeshifter 3

          Another advantage to creating an Official WordPress.org Theme Builder:

          1. WordPress.org added 910 New Themes in 2015: https://wptavern.com/wordpress-org-added-910-new-themes-in-2015

          2. The current train of thought within Automattic is to to create very specific, niche oriented themes, with the least amount of Customizer options, to provide simplicity in setup for end- users: http://themeshaper.com/2016/01/08/themes-and-user-experience/.

          3. IF that continues, the total amount of themes that populate the WordPress.org Theme Directory will reach much larger numbers. As of today, we’re currently at 2,182.

          4. While the goal of making it easier for new users to set up their own theme through the Customizer will be attained; FINDING A THEME by sifting through the Theme Directory will take more time, and become more difficult for someone that has a concrete idea of what he/she wants (particularly with the recent increase in “Lite” Theme submissions that keep popping up with their own limitations).

          5. The Theme Directory’s Feature Filter could be improved by replacing the “Subject” column with “Type” (mirroring what Components provides).

          6. Since a new user would still have to sort through 2K-3K-4K-5K themes to find exactly what he/she wants…a single Official Theme Builder would be much quicker.

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  4. Austin

    Wonder why they don’t offer the _sassify option on the components?

    I want the _sassify!

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  5. Leo

    Great stuff! :) Hope they’ve some WooCommerce support too

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  6. Doug S.

    Do the extra pieces of functionality require Jetpack, or am I misreading that part of the description?

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    • Tammie Lister

      The only bits that require Jetpack are the Jetpack specific functionality that any theme can have they just have to switch on. This includes portfolio custom post types and other goodies. The types do not require Jetpack to work.

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    • Hoa

      Yes, they do. But you can still use theme components building blocks as a basis to write your own theme with custom post types, etc. and set it to work independently.

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      • Dave Chu

        Hoa,
        Thanks, that’s good to know. I’d rather not use Jetpack for just a couple bits, so I’ll just make my own custom post types.

        All in all, I think this is a very nice idea. A base for a variety of general site types, yet without the bloat that comes with trying to code for non-developers.

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  7. Arif Riyanto

    Very very cool! Thank you team.

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  8. Shapeshifter 3

    I was wondering which one of the Components Starter Themes would work best, while creating a Full-Screen Scrolling Website using one of these recently updated plugins:
    http://alvarotrigo.com/fullPage/
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-fullpage/

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  9. SE

    Thanks for components underscores! Is there a step by step tutorial on how to create a working blog theme from the magazine component? I haven’t found any Components tutorials online.

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