TidyThemes‘ aim is to take back the website, take it back from a cookie-cutter place. WordPress is arguably the best way to build a website these days, we believe that to be 100% true. There are many great themes and resources out there. However, many of them have a few things in common:

Licensing restrictions, messy code, programmer comments everywhere, over the top designs that become less original every time someone uses that same theme and so on. That is why we created the best blank WordPress theme of all-time with over 100,000+ downloads.

BlankSlate (Free)
Boilerplate Blank WordPress Theme

You eventually feel like you’re piecing together a bunch of borrowed parts instead of truly designing your own unique website. We’re trying to change that with simple, clean and minimalist themes. Themes that use valid code, load fast, are SEO-friendly and rely on you to style and customize them yourself to your own specifications.

Our first free blank WordPress theme that is a product of those ideals is BlankSlate: 100% free | 100% open source | 100% no visual CSS styles added (forcing you to design something original from scratch) – Perfect for experienced developers and designers.

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The Blog Millionaire’s Free Masterclass “How I Built My Blog to 1 Million Monthly Visitors” – One of the most successful WordPress bloggers in the world breaks down the exact tactics that he used to build his blog’s traffic to over 1 million monthly visitors.

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Some Other Cool Blogs Using Other Popular WordPress Themes:

Flow Psychology – This is a great WordPress blog that breaks down some of the concepts of flow and also delves into some of the other mysteries of psychology.
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  • Matthew Selbst

    Hey guys,
    just wondering if you could help me.
    I recently bought a site using your
    blank slate theme, but have no idea how to code.
    All I need is to add a link to the homepage.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks 🙂

  • Should have a link to SuperSimple here on the home page and maybe the forum too.

  • Mike the Auld fella in Ireland

    I am trying to create a completely blank page. How do I remove the search box and the copyright line that appears on the blank slate theme

    • chrimbus

      Search box:
      In header.php remove this line:

      in footer.php remove this line:

      < ?php echo sprintf( __( '%1$s %2$s %3$s. All Rights Reserved.', 'blankslate' ), '©', date( 'Y' ), esc_html( get_bloginfo( 'name' ) ) ); echo sprintf( __( ' Theme By: %1$s.', 'blankslate' ), 'TidyThemes‘ ); ?>

      *Remove or replace the php code with your copyright info

  • Basic Blue Web Solutions

    What is the purpose of having all the CSS on one line? Do I edit it or can I remove it. Kinda hard to work through it all on one line. I am get the concept or the theme but maybe missing the concept of all this CSS on one line? Why do you recommend against child themes for blankslate? Would I not want to upgrade in future without rebuilding everything? Thanks,

  • Juan Carlos Carta

    Im using the Supersimple theme. How do I remove the menu and the copyright line that appears on all pages on the footer although uncheck the checkbox for footer menu in menu locations

  • Hip Striker

    Can somebody help me? I have had the same blank slate theme for 4 years and all of the sudden my website has gone to pure text. It is all jumbled and not the website that was programmed for me. Is their some type of update needed or quick code that needs to be inserted?

  • Felix Rimfrost

    Will BlankSlate work well with Elementor Page Builder?

  • Carl Wilson

    Hi I just updated Blankslate theme and it wrecks the site.

  • Xander

    Hey guys,
    I made a site using BlankSlade
    I thought I was ready until I looked to the website in another browser.
    I sucked in lay-out, all links worked!

    any suggestions for what I have to check for finding the problem?


  • Great website.

  • Just fresh dude

  • Tania Gaffney

    Why is BlankSlate theme messed up? I wanted to use it and can’t find a good downloadable version.