Several months back I wrote a custom bare bones theme. I had tried a few starter themes in the past, but none of them really pleased me. I wanted something as bare bones as possible, so I decided to create my own. It’s worked out well for me and now it’s time to share it. There is nothing but the basics here, this is intended for theme developers who want to bypass the boring part of setting up a starter them.
Before my Skeleton theme I usually just started a WordPress theme from scratch and referred to my older themes and the WordPress Codex. I still do this, but Skeleton has been used on several projects now and it gets me past all the grunt work quickly so I can get to the interesting stuff faster. The Skeleton theme also passes the Theme-Check plugin and comes with a super basic css stylesheet. All the starter templates are done with HTML5 too. You can the Skeleton theme get it on GitHub or download the zip directly.