My starter theme

Working as a professional WordPress developer I’ve tried a number of different starter themes, but the common denominator is that you always end up changing most of the theme. This is fine, and I think you should. But the workflow of most of these themes are poor.

I really like creating better workflows for myself and my colleagues. Stuff like grunt and gulp excite me, and I like the challenge of making it work like I imagine things in my head.

Say hello to my little friend!

I love Foundation, Roots (now Sage) and Gulp. And I love them together. Back when I started creating my starter theme, Roots was built solely on Bootstrap (meaning LESS) and it used Grunt. I know that with the newest release of Sage, they’ve taken a huge leap towards becoming framework agnostic. This is awesome, and I’m probably going to be using Sage as the basis for a future version of my starter theme.

The theme is simply called AnunaStart. Because I work at Anunatak and, well, it’s a start for my projects.

Right out of the box, you’ll recognize most of what’s in the olds Roots, but with some changes that has made my developer life easier.

Gulp!

Gulp is friggin’ awesome. You can do so much stuff with it. The sky is the limit. Gulp is the main engine of my starter theme. It builds the CSS, it concatenates the javascript, it grabs my vendor scripts and it watches for changes.

One cool thing about AnunaStart is the file called vendors.json. This file is watched by Gulp, and is added amongst the script files. This is neat if you have an external library you’ve downloaded via Bower (or something else), which you want added. Simply add the paths (relative to the vendors.json) to the files and they are automagically added to the mix.

Roots

AnunaStart is based on Gromf, which is based on Roots. Meaning it’s Roots-Bootstrap-Grunt+Foundation+Gulp. Roots has an awesome theme wrapper, which helps you stick to the principles of DRY; don’t repeat yourself. You do not have to use the get_footer() and get_header() functions in every single one of your templates. I love it!

DOM-based Router

AnunaStart of course ships with my plugin: jQuery DOM Router. This little thing is kinda cool. It fires javascript based on what classes your body has. Read more about it in my blog post about it.

..and loads more

AnunaStart is packed with stuff I use in my everyday development. Off-Canvas Menu, WCAG 2.0 and ACF integration are just the tip of the mountain.

Anunastart is on Github. Check it out. I’ll love to hear your thoughts on it!

jQuery DOM Router

For a while I’ve been using my own fork of the Roots (now Sage) starter theme for most of my WordPress projects. The theme is packed with awesome twists of the WordPress we all know and love. We have the Theme Wrapper, which sticks with the D.R.Y. (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principles. And one thing I especially fell in love with, a DOM-based router.

What is DOM-based Routing?

The DOM-based Routing is based on a concept by Paul Irish from 2007. In short terms it fires javascript based on classes set to the body-element.

This is clean enough for most people, but I always the syntax felt a bit cluttered, both in Roots and the snippet from Paul Irish.

Enter jQuery DOM Router

I decided to make a jQuery plugin which works in the same way as Roots’ DOM-router, but has, in my eyes, a much cleaner syntax, and moves the logic out of the main script file. It shall be called jQuery DOM Router.

One major difference from what Roots’/Paul’s method does, is that jQuery DOM Router works on live changes to the `<body>` element. As soon as you add a class to your body element, the JavaScript you’ve set up will fire.

How does it work?

First of all you include jQuery.

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.0.0/jquery.min.js"></script>

Then include the plugin code.

<script src="dist/jquery.dom-router.min.js"></script>

Now you can go ahead and call the plugin. Simply use the name of the class to fire on as the name of a property in an object passed to the plugin. If something is to be fired on no matter what, you create a property named `common`. Class names with dashes are read with underscores by the plugin, so a class of `big-cakes-for-you` would be `big_cakes_for_you`.

$(document).router({
    classname: function() {
        // fire your js when the body has class "classname" when the page loads
    },
    common: function() {
        // code put inside the common property will be executed on all page loads
    }
});

And I mentioned, it responds to live changes. So, check out this example.

<html>
  	<head>
    	<title>My Awesome DOM Router</title>
  	</head>
  
  	<body class="home">
    
		<h1>jQuery DOM Router Example</h1>
		
		<button id="add">Add class</button>
		<div id="container">
		</div>

		<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.0.0/jquery.min.js"></script>
	

  	</body>
</html>

See the Pen XbZjrQ by Tor Morten Jensen (@tormjens) on CodePen.

In this example only the javascript under “common” and “home” are executed, which is understandable as we only have the “home”-class on our body. But looks what happens when we press the “Add class”-button. The code under “laters” is fired. Note that code is only fired once during each request, so if you add the class, remove and then add it again, it will have no effect other than the first time.

jQuery DOM Router is on Github. Enjoy!