Mythic starter theme: Version 1.0.0

A computer sitting at a slant on a table with code on the screen. A coffee mug in the background.

After a few minor bumps in the road and some tough work, I’m proud to announce version 1.0.0 of the Mythic starter theme.

Before diving into this, I want to thank everyone who’s participated in the project up until now. Thank you for all the beta testing and feedback in the last month or so. It’s helped smooth out some of the rough edges.

Marty, Sami, Brett, Thiago, you’ve all been clutch. I couldn’t have done it without you and the rest of the folks in the Theme Hybrid Slack.

I won’t spend too much time talking features in this post. You can read all about those on the Mythic theme page or the original announcement post.

Just ship 1.0

I’m always reminded of Matt Mullenweg’s article “1.0 Is the Loneliest Number” when I’m shipping the first version of a new product. I use it to remind myself that I don’t need the perfect product out of the gate. I just need something that works that I can continue to improve upon.

Real-world, non-alpha/beta feedback is far more valuable to the life of Mythic than making that one last change or adding that one last feature.

Mythic is pretty darn cool.

I could’ve spent a few more weeks or months perfecting this or that feature. But, I’d rather see what you all think. I want to see what you all build. We can fine-tune any minor details based on real usage.

Improvements coming

There’s a couple of features that will see some fine-tuning in the next few versions.

Gutenberg

Right now, the Gutenberg editor is still a bit of a moving target. Things could change on any given day until it ships with WordPress 5.0.

Mythic is one of the only publicly-available starting points that’s specifically designed for building Gutenberg-ready themes. There’s bound to be a few issues here and there until Gutenberg is at a stable release. We’ll just keep iterating on this in the coming weeks and months.

PHP coding standards project

At the moment, Mythic has some base coding standards for its lint:php command. However, it’s not where I want it to be yet.

In particular, the long-term goal is to ship with the WordPress Theme Review coding standards. That project is still ongoing and doesn’t have a first release available yet. In the meantime, I highly encourage theme authors to get involved with that project, regardless of whether you use Mythic.

Of course, you’re always free to use whatever coding standards project best suits you and/or your team.

Pricing changes

When I launched the beta version, I was unsure how I was going to price things and went with a model that didn’t seem to satisfy everyone. I got some great feedback on this from several people.

Mythic is now included as part of the Premium Membership Package, which is currently $59.95/year. Anyone building a premium theme or doing client work will recoup the cost on their first project.

Not to mention, you get access and support to every other Theme Hybrid product in the package.

I’ll also be launching a sponsorship package for Theme Hybrid in the near future. If you’re interested in becoming a patron, shoot me a message. It will help fund future development of this project as well as the Members plugin, both of which could use some additional financial backing.

Let’s start building

I’m already outlining theme project ideas right now. Part of shipping 1.0 is simply because I’m ready to use this awesome tool that we’ve built.

Grab a copy of the starter theme from the Mythic repository on GitHub. Be sure to read through project wiki on how to get started.

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