Starter Kits

on January 20th, 2020

Statamic v2 had themes. Remember those things? They were themes but then again, they were not themes. The very notion of a "theme" is that they are skins — interchangeable winter jackets if you will — for a website.

Statamic is a CMS designed for bespoke, custom websites though, and it was quite rare for any two themes to actually be interchangeable. They never took off, there were only ever a couple, and that was that.

What themes always should have been

Along with v3 we've begun to assemble Starter Kits. Each starter kit is a pre-built site ready for you to clone and start customized. Each is wired up for a particular purpose and has its own clean, visual style ready for you to layer on your own personality or replace with whatever you want.

With starter kits the assumption is that you're beginning a new site, and that once you clone it, you make it your own. There's no need to stay in sync with a kit or run updates. It's your site now.

This approach will give us (and the community) the opportunity to build out a different starter kits, each for a unique purpose.

Cool Writings

Check out Cool Writings, the first of many starter kits! This one is focused on clean typography with articles organized by topic.

You can find it on Github and the demo site on Netlify. Enjoy!

Jack McDade
Jack McDade, Creator of Statamic
Creator of Statamic

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