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5 Reasons You Should Be Using The Sandbox Theme

Just getting started with WordPress themes? Are you a long time WordPress Veteran looking to streamline your workflow? You need to start using the Sandbox Theme.

Andy, Scott, and everyone else involved in the project have included everything that a designer needs to get right to the fun stuff. It’s a veritable theme Mecca that, IMHO, is unmatched by many other “modder” themes. These are some of the highlights.

1. Cross Platform

The Sandbox theme is now available on many systems such as WordPress, Drupal, and even Movable Type. If you are anything like me, you are probably getting tired of redoing your site design every single time you change platforms (which is frequently). Sandbox makes it easy to move your design to a new platform.

2. Time Saver

You don’t have to spend time validating your theme—it is already validated. You don’t have to spend time creating custom functions and widgets—they have already been made. Nor do you have to spend hours setting up every theme file—they have been created too. You just upload it, activate it, and style it. That’s all.

3. Microformats

Microformats are crammed into just about every place they could possibly fit. What does this mean for you? It means that your website has loads of extra information (meta) that can be used in some neat ways. Check out the Operator plug-in for Firefox to start seeing Microformats in action all over the web.

4. Flexibility

Sandbox has lots of useful classes and id’s throughout. For example, say you would like to style each section of your site differently. Sandbox adds a whole slew of classes to the body tag that can help you out. What if you want to style posts tagged as “quote” differently than the rest of the posts? Again, Sandbox provides a myriad of classes for each post. You can style virtually anything without any coding!

5. The kitchen sink

As if those weren’t compelling enough reasons to use the Sandbox theme, it also boasts localization (currently with 10 languages and counting), incredible documentation, regular maintenance, a large community of users, standards compliance, a GPL license, and a whole host of ready-made designs. What’s not to love!


  1. By Marius Scurtescu posted on December 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm
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    Sounds good, but unfortunately that Drupal port is not really there. There was an attempt at it last year and it was never finished as far as I can tell.

  2. By kvantomme posted on December 9, 2008 at 5:22 am
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    How would the sandbox theme compare to Drupal’s Zen theme?

  3. By webdesign posted on December 10, 2008 at 8:11 am
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    Great overview! The Sandbox template is nice, custom is even better ;)

  4. By Dustin Boston posted on December 11, 2008 at 4:08 am
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    @Marius yeah, you’re right. Maybe I’ll have a go at updating it for 6

    @kvantomme the Zen theme looks nice. I’d like to try it out. I tried Hunchbaque before ut I didn’t like it because it used a lot of absolute positioning.

    What we really need is a theme that is well maintained across all of the major platforms. Any takers?

  5. By Drupal Themes Garden posted on December 15, 2008 at 7:06 am
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    Nice.
    Is there some (live) example?

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