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4 WordPress Starter Themes and Benefits of Using Feedburner Account

Based on PHP and MySQL, WordPress is one of the most preferable open source blogging tool and a content management system, used for developing feature-rich blogs and websites in the easiest ways. It includes numerous features like a template system, a plug-in architecture, etc. Being the most popular blogging system, WordPress has numerous premium and free themes that surely matches with business as well as personal needs. For using WordPress, you have to convert your PSD files into functional website template. In order to begin with WordPress development, developers have to use different types of frameworks.

Below, you will find certain WordPress themes that work worthily while development.

1# Starkers

Starkers is a bare-bones WordPress theme that developed to proceed as the beginning point for the theme designer. Starkers is considered as perfect ‘blank slate’ for all types of WordPress projects due to its non-semantic markup, presentational elements, etc. Available under fully GPL-licensed, it is available for free and can be used in commercial website. Some of the great features includes in Starkers theme are:

  • CSS file devoid of bloat
  • Html5 boilerplate
  • CSS reset
  • Html5 doctor resets
  • All necessary PHP files for pages such as author.php, category.php, etc.


2# Roots

Based on HTML5 Boilerplate & Bootstrap from Twitter, Roots is also popular starting WordPress theme. It is one of the recommended theme due to amazing coding and great optimization. In this theme, one can get translations for many different languages like Brazilian Portuguese, Macedonian, Finnish, Danish, Bulgarian, Norwegian, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Swedish, etc. Roots is compatible with WPML and multilingual ready. Some recommended plug-ins for Roots are:

  • WP Mail SMTP
  • Analytics 360
  • Gravity Forms
  • WordPress SEO
  • W3 Total Cache
  • Query Multiple Taxonomies
  • SLD Custom Content Types, etc.


3# Tseczka

Tseczka is well-known as a “starter” WordPress theme that includes everything that actually development wants. Most of the developers are highly recommending this theme as it takes only single minute to set up the whole development. Currently, three version of Tseczka theme is available, i.e. Tseczka, Tseczka V1.9 and TseczkaBoot. Comes with some of the amazing features like categorized extensible functions, LESS framework for styling, several page templates, continuous development and many more, Tseczka is one of the most powerful theme that easily controlled by a few lines of CSS, and a background.


4# Underscores

Automattic has created Underscores, which is starter theme of WorkPress. Having numerous features like navigation, extra layouts, etc. it is more robust than the others theme. Various kinds of neat stuffs like tweaks, 404 template, sample theme options, CSS, extra js, New Layouts, etc. are added in it. Based on rigorous feedback, Underscores work best to develop a badass hackable WP theme. Underscores comes with some of the loveable features like

  • A helpful 404 template
  • Sample theme options in /inc/theme-options/
  • Keyboard navigation for image attachment templates, in js/keyboard-navigation.js
  • The GPL license in license.txt
  • Some small tweaks in /inc/tweaks.php that can improve your theming experience
  • An optional sample custom header implementation in inc/custom-header.php, etc.


Above given is some of most useful WordPress theme that works exceptional while developing feature-rich website. Apart from WordPress theme, FeedBurner also works well along with WordPress.

So, let’s discuss the vantage of using FeedBurner along with WordPress. 

WordPress has blessed with “feeds” feature through which blogs should be readable on feed readers, just like Google Reader. We may doesn’t have an idea about how many number of people are reading blog through the feeds. In order to know exact figure, you must have to use certain plugin or service like FeedBlitz or FeedBurner. Even, you want to give email subscription; you also have to install plugin. Now, we are going to use Google’s FeedBurner with WordPress that get advantages of some missing features like new feed redirection, an HTML output of your latest posts, analytics, email subscriptions, and publishing to twitter.

Make Analysis of the Feed:

Firstly, it is much important for you to know how your feed subscribers are reading the post, how often they are visiting websites, etc.  To know all such details, you have to subscribe FeedBurner by which you can track number of subscribers on FeedBurner, how they subscribe, types of browser they used for subscription, which product they see and make click for product’s details, etc.

FeedBurner can be downloaded in CSV or Excel formats anytime you want. Using this stat, you can invite more visitors to your website and earn maximum by delivering required service / product to your visitors.

Email Subscriptions:

Email Subscriptions is one of the best features FeedBurner has. Most of the readers don’t have an idea about feeds and RSS readers, but everyone has their personal email account. So, with FeedBurner, you can send them a daily free subscription by mail.

The best thing about this subscription is that you can send it in different languages such as Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, etc. For embedding subscription form, you can get widgets for Blogger or TypePad or directly with HTML coding. You can also change the font color, size, etc. or set time of sending email.

Feed Redirection:

With FeedBurner, it is very simple to move your blog into different domain, just by clicking the “Edit Feed Details…” link and replace with new URL, then save it. Feed Redirection doesn’t allow any mess with .htaccess tricks or you don’t have to request your subscribers to revise their subscription URLs.

Connection with Facebook and Twitter without any Plugin:

FeedBurner allows you to connect with your Facebook and Twitter accounts and send all the updates in particular account, isn’t it an interesting feature? Under this feature, you can able to personalize your updates by sending title of the post or body or both, adding hashtags, send numerous items per update, adding extra text, etc.

Even, you can have an option to connect your Facebook profiles and get updates. Don’t worry about the look of the profile as Facebook get the thumbnail images of posts.

Required HTML Output for Your Latest Posts:

There is a probability to require an HTML list of your latest posts. In order to embed the list, you can have an option of BuzzBoost feature of FeedBurner. After embedding it, you can simply use HTML anywhere. This will create the list inside the code rather embedding into an iFrame. Aside to customization, you can add the taste of style in it.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Tran Ngoc Tuan Anh

    February 1, 2013, 3:36 pm

    I like Underscore and Roots themes. They have a lot of good coding practices as well as helpful features (Roots) that we can adopt to our themes.

    • Adam Wills

      February 2, 2013, 9:43 am

      You are right Tran Ngoc, the experts of WordPress are very smart and intelligent. I hope they will keep it up with great efforts.

  • Hassam

    February 1, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Amazing article wrote have you i liked it..this is not easy to write such a great article like you thumb up for u..

    • Adam Wills

      February 2, 2013, 9:39 am

      Thank you Hassam, for your resopnse. I am writing on wordpress with research and latest trands.


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