HTML5 WordPress shell


a great starting point for quickly creating WordPress Themes using HTML5

About the Shell

read base plugin list

WordPress Features

  • Responsive: media queries added for major devices
  • Dynamic sidebar examples
  • Custom template example
  • Smart sidebar disable
  • 404 & 503 error pages

HTML5 Features

  • modernizr (html5 feature detection)
  • HTML5 reset stylesheet
  • A well thought out HTML5 document outline which is good for SEO and Accessibility
  • @font-face examples

and also…

  • The Bourbon mixin library is included in the SASS version
  • iphone detection
  • IE conditional stylesheets
  • Clearly commented code
  • ie6 upgrade message

Base Plugins

Whenever we start a site we upload a base set of plugins which include:

Why we’re making it public

The more people that use it the better it will be. As you use this to make your own sites please let us know what can be done to make it better and we’ll add your suggestions into the next version of the shell.


We’ve been working on the shell since 2009 and making sites in WordPress since before that…

Our two companies (mimoYmima and Condensed) use this template as a starting point for all our client work (we use WordPress whenever possible). So over the years tons of sites have used this as a base, we revise it nearly every time we make a site and try to make the code as intuitive as possible. We try to comment everything clearly, but let us know if anything can be improved or if something doesn’t make sense to you. Just leave a comment below.

Please Note that although the plain CSS version is stable, it is not being actively worked on. We use SASS for all our sites at the moment. If you’d like a change to the CSS version we’ll be happy to make it, but if you’re looking for the most up-to-date version of the shell, go with the SASS version.


The shell comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.

We’ve been working with the same shell in XHTML for years and have used it to create a boatload of sites, so it’s pretty solid, but keep in mind that this has recently been re-written from the ground up to take advantage of HTML5’s new tags, so bear with us and tell us about any bugs you find (or improvements we can make).

Latest Version:

If you’re not familiar with using GitHub that’s ok, just follow the links and then find the little button that says ‘zip’ to download a zip of the files (it’s the last option in the right sidebar).

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