New Release: WordPress Starter Theme – Origin


Our latest theme brings us back to the beginning. Origin is a new WordPress starter theme, and marks the beginning of a series of new theme releases from Organic Themes.

Striking the perfect balance for a starter theme is no easy task. We believe a great starter theme should work as a standalone website solution while still being simple to extend. It should have enough styling to look gorgeous on any device without being overly designed. It should support essential plugins without containing code reserved for plugin functionality. It should provide enough options for basic customization without overwhelming the user. It should support all the latest WordPress features. The theme should be nearly impossible to break. It should load at lightning speeds. It should work immediately out-of-the-box. The file structure should be well named and organized. The code and commenting should be clear and concise. We could go on forever regarding the assets of a perfect starter theme…

Organic Themes has created the perfectly balanced starter theme with Origin.

Some starter themes, like Underscores, contain the bare minimum code to constitute a WordPress theme. They cannot stand on their own as a practical website solution without custom development. We believe a starter theme should be able to function as a standalone website solution. A damn good one. This is where Origin differs.

Origin is ready to use immediately upon activation as your website solution. The setup time is practically non-existent. However, should you wish to extend the theme, the code is clear and easy to understand with commenting throughout.

For minimal design lovers, Origin is a dream. The ultra clean layout and use of the beloved “Helvetica Neue” font make it a beautiful solution for any designer. In addition, the theme provides several color options within the WordPress customizer for fast changes to the color scheme.


Origin features compatibility with the Jetpack plugin from Automattic, with support for the portfolio and testimonials custom post types. In addition, the theme works seamlessly with the popular plugins WooCommerce and Gravity Forms.

Origin supports the latest core features from WordPress 4.5, including Custom Logos and selective refreshing for the theme customizer. The responsive design molds to any mobile device, and the theme looks amazing on retina devices. The styles and scripts are lightweight, resulting in ultra fast load times that will help improve your search engine rankings.

Are you tired of bloated themes with overwhelming options panels and confusing code? Go back to the beginning with Origin.

As one of the few premium theme partners for Automattic, Organic Themes are designed and developed to the highest standards in the industry. We have created the Origin Theme using those standards. The result is a rock solid starter theme. Every great WordPress site begins with an Origin Theme. Start your site today!

10 Comments on “New Release: WordPress Starter Theme – Origin

  1. This is great. As someone who has the all-theme license I’ve been concerned about the frequency of new theme releases and this is just what I’ve been looking for.

    • Sweet, glad to hear it! Our next theme will be for vacation rental properties, and should be released within a couple weeks.

  2. Does this theme use the Seed Framework to achieve the, “Responsive Design,” or is this a new framework?

    • This is a new framework for our future themes, but the responsive framework styles are similar to and based off the the Seed Theme framework.

  3. a sweet, clean & classic theme for a simple blog, that’s just what i need, so it’s great.

  4. Theme looks GREAT! However, for some reason it is not showing up in my account as a theme I can download even though I have the All theme developer pack. Can you help me?

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for letting us know we’ll double check this has been added to the Developer Pack. Contact us know if the issue persists in a few days as it may be particular to your setup.

      Thank you!

  5. Just installed the theme for a client and it look great. It has a lot of cool features and yet it is easy to work with. My client is already trilled about it.

    Can’t wait to see the new themes in the series.

    • Hi Sofie,

      Glad to hear you are enjoying the theme and thanks for the feedback. 🙂 If we can help with anything, just let us know.

      Best Regards.

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