The fifth premium WordPress theme I am going to review for my WP Theme Experiment is none other than Startbox — the new kid on the block! Startbox is really more of a theme framework than an actual theme (though it does offer child themes) and it was created by Brian Richards. Brian developed Startbox as a tool to easily create and rapidly deploy WordPress themes.
Startbox is a platform that gives developers and designers the opportunity to create really awesome themes or child themes for marketplaces such as ThemeGarden, Theme Forest, or for their own business or projects. It comes with a blank theme that you can stylize or you can modify some of the existing child themes that are being released. Brian has done a very thorough job of producing excellent documentation as well as incorporating these features into Startbox:
- Six custom layouts and eight custom page templates
- A fully, customizable Options API that easily allows you to add or remove option panels
- Over 50 hooks and filters, modular scripts and stylesheets that you can use at your discretion
- Header, Navigation, Content, Footer, and SEO settings
- Four custom widgets; SB Social, SB Featured Content, SB Search, SB Tag Cloud
- Built-in support for many of the most popular plugins (AIO SEO, Gravity Forms, Yoast Bread Crumbs, Widget Logic, and more!)
- A 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Startbox is a very solid framework that will be invaluable to WP theme developers … and some of the top guys have even given it a thumbs up!
As valuable as Startbox is right now for developers, it may not be for some designers who don’t fully know CSS or how to create a theme from scratch. While there are a few great child themes like Modern Blogger and Digital Marketing available that you can customize, it is not geared for people who customize WP themes for their business. You will need to know a minimum of CSS and other WP technical skills.
Let me be honest first and disclose that I have a business partnership with Startbox, but I will also say that this product is not going to be for everyone. If you want to develop your own WordPress themes to give away or sell and you have the basics of CSS down, then you will find that Startbox is an amazing tool that will make your life easier and process more efficient. It will also give added assurance to the people who purchase your themes (and plug-in developers) from sites such as Theme Garden or Theme Forest.
Startbox comes with outstanding documentation (PDF and online) and there are step by step instructional videos being developed. Brian has been working on a bunch of new add-ons and improvements requested by developers which shows his dedication by listening to the needs of others, and he is extremely helpful with the technical questions in the forum. If you’ve ever seriously though about getting into the profitable theme business, you really should take a look at Startbox!
Please Note: None of these links are affiliate links. I am not receiving any compensation for my reviews on my WP Theme Experiment project or the reviews on themes that were kindly donated to me.