Neat Advanced WordPress Theme Boilerplate

Neat is an advanced WordPress Base theme which uses Gulp, Sass etc. with auto theme package builder.

This theme has not been updated for several years, and a lot of its code is deprecated as compared to its latest version which is a work in progress at the moment. The new repo is currently private, but I will release a major update sooner rather than later.


Neat is an advanced WordPress Base theme which uses Gulp, Sass etc. with auto theme package builder.



  • Saas
  • Gulp
  • Bower
  • Custom architecture design
  • Theme zip file build with Gulp
  • Lean PHP files with next to no syntax

Getting Started

  1. Grab a copy of this theme or Clone this theme, E.g. go to the themes folder then run git clone neat

  2. You need Node.js & NPM installed if you haven't installed it, go ahead and install Node.js first. Once you have Node installed, the next steps are simple enough.

  3. Install the Dependencies β€” 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 to assets/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.


Released under GPL v2.0


This open source project is maintained by the help of awesome businesses listed below. What? Read more about it β†’

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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