Advanced Gulp WordPress Workflow

An Advanced Gulp Workflow for WordPress themes.

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Deprecated in favor of WPGulp.

Read about My Advanced Gulp Workflow for WordPress Themes


  • Gulp
  • Sass for CSS
  • Auto Image optimization
  • Bower for assets management
  • Lean PHP files with next to no syntax
  • Custom architecture design
  • Theme zip file build with Gulp

Getting and Installing the Theme

  1. Grab a copy of this theme or Clone this theme, E.g. go to the themes folder then run git clone
  2. You need Node.js & Sass installed if you haven’t installed it, go ahead and install it first. Once you have Node, Sass and the theme installed, the next step is simple enough.
  3. Install Dependencies — Open a command prompt/terminal and navigate to your theme’s root directory and run this command: npm install – This installs all the necessary Gulp plugins to help with task automation such as Sass compiling and browser-sync! You’ll need to run this step on each of your projects, going forward.
  4. Set your project configuration in gulpfile.js!! Be sure to go into gulpfile.js and setup the project configuration variables. This is important for using Browser-Sync with your project. Make sure in gulpfile.js that you set the project variable to the appropriate name for your project URL. Default is “”
  5. Install Bower – In the command prompt/terminal run this command: npm install -g bower. This installs Bower (the -g flag installs globally, not just in the current directory, super friends). Your only need to do this step once.
  6. Run gulp command in the root folder of your theme and it will start generating CSS from Sass and everything else
  7. Run gulp images to optimize images and only place the images in assets/img/raw/ folder, they’ll moved toassets/img/ once optimized
  8. To build an installable zip file of your theme, use command gulp build and your file will be created as well as a buildTheme folder, where you can see what was zipped.


Advanced Gulp WordPress was released under GPL v2.0.

Ahmad Awais

I am a Full Stack WordPress Developer, WP Core Contributor, Front-end Fanatic , a Designer by night, and an accidental writer. I love to create optimized but advanced workflows to produce professionally built Open Source software.

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