How to Design Your Own Minimalist WP Theme


How to Design Your Own Minimalist WordPress Theme: Here’s a simple trick* for creating your very own minimalist WordPress themes, as discussed endlessly by Diggers. First, download and install your chosen theme from any of the various WordPress theme sites. Next, accidentally on purpose delete the themes image folder. View your blog with all of the theme’s original images missing. Interesting thought.




  1. David Bradley (7 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the link. Got lots more great tips of a similar nature on


  2. Bart Gibby (1 comments.) says:

    I just did that with my theme. The theme allowed for different backgrounds or wallpapers behind the blog. you could choose which one you wanted but many visitors didn’t see that, and it wasn’t even labeled at all. So I just deleted all the background images I didn’t want and presto!

    A bran new theme, static theme. No more dynamic background for me. :)

  3. David Bradley (20 comments.) says:

    Glad it worked for you. One commenter on pointed out that there are lots of minimalist themes in existence, but I just figured this was a far more risky and fun way to do it, so creating something potentially unique.


  4. jez (58 comments.) says:

    digged to doom? site not loading for me.
    need it hosted? just contact me.

  5. David Bradley (20 comments.) says:

    Don’t think that item has been Dugg (Digged?) at all…must be raking in traffic from somewhere else that’s pushed it over the bandwidth limit. Will rectify as soon as I can. Meanwhile, is keeping it up with the latest diatribe on the antiscience movement who are picking holes in nanotechnology.


  6. ased (1 comments.) says:

    Bandwich suck ;-)

  7. LEMONed (1 comments.) says:

    Bandwidth Limit Exceeded and it hasn’t been Digged?
    Meaning that the site cannot even survive a WTC? lol

  8. gestroud says:

    Deleting the entire images folder seems kind of foolhardy; renaming it would probably work just as well.

  9. Len (4 comments.) says:

    Deleting the images folder is not something I’d recommend to a newbie. Depending on how the images are used it could make the layout look a little wonky.

  10. milo317 (3 comments.) says:

    So the advice is to delete the images folder for any theme, and then a minimalist version will show up (with some tweaks)? GOOD LUCK…

  11. David Bradley (20 comments.) says:

    We’re back up to speed, it wasn’t just the surge of interest from WTC that stuffed us, other factors kicked in simultaneously.

    As to whether or not to delete the images, yeah, okay, rename the folder instead, but this really was a tongue in cheek tip in the first place, so glad everyone had a good laugh ;-)


  12. David Bradley (20 comments.) says:

    I’ve just posted another installment in the minimizing your WordPress site concept: How to create a minimalist WordPress install>

    Have fun kids and play safely, now.


  13. Neil (3 comments.) says:

    It’ll take more than deleting the images to make a minimalist theme!

  14. David Bradley (20 comments.) says:

    Of course it will Neil, see my follow-up post on deleting plugins too :-)


  15. Eduo (2 comments.) says:

    I like a different approach. It all depends on what “minimalism” means to you. In my case it means not seeing what’s not relevant. Not “not having” it. For some people minimalism means also stripping functionality, to me it means not seeing it until needed.

    “Disabling plugins” is a too-broad statement. There are plugins out there that actually help make the pages more minimalistic in nature.

    It’s like getting furniture with clever hideaway sections. Minimalism doesn’t mean sacrificing features, it may just mean not burdening the user with them unless he wants them.

  16. Admin -- Change Our (1 comments.) says:

    I have a question. I want to change the DATE format in my blog headings (both index and individual entries). I figured out which files need to be changed, and I found the date codes. But, no matter what combination I try, the date is still all numeric. I want May to read “May”, and not “05”. I want the day of the week in the date heading. Instead of “05/08/07″, I want my date in military style, “Wed, 08 May 2007″. Can anyone show me how to do that? Feel free to e-mail. Thanks. (If you can’t get the e-mail address from this comment, there is a Mailform on the Web site:

  17. Eduo (9 comments.) says:

    OOoh. That’s some subtle spam right there.


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