Frontend Framework

Frontend was built to give frontend developers a jump start when building sites. It’s a light-weight, no-bloat, skeleton framework that utilizes Gulp to compile stylesheets, JavaScript files and images in a organized, easy to navigate folder structure.

Frontend Framework Features

Using the Frontend Framework

Getting Started

These instructions will get you a copy of the project up setup in a new theme. See compiling for notes on how to compile the code while developing.



Download and extract the Frontend files to your project folder. Then run the following in Terminal from that location:

  1. bundle install to install gem dependencies
  2. npm install to install development dependencies


The following commands can be run to compile:

  • gulp – Compiles, then watches for changes to files to re-compile
  • gulp lint – Lints JavaScript files
  • gulp scripts – Lints and compiles JavaScript files
  • gulp compass – Compiles Sass files
  • gulp images – Minifies images


CSS, Sass & Compass

Before beginning any theming, be sure to review and set the variables in the src/scss/partials/global/_variables.scss file.

Sass files are organized into 4 main folders:

  • base – All theme base styles (base selectors, styles set via variables). DO NOT EDIT ANY OF THESE FILES!
  • components – Includes all styled components broken down into separate folders including:
    • design – Contains all themed sections and standalone components (header, footer, buttons, etc.)
    • lib – Contains all CSS/Sass libraries (Foundation, Bootstrap, slick, etc.)
  • global – All global Sass functions, variables, mixins, etc.
  • layout – Contains layout styles (grids, page templates, etc.)


  • jQuery is required.
  • Global JS variables should be set in the src/js/config.js file.
  • Variables, controllers and services should all be namespaced with Frontend to avoid conflicts with other libraries.
  • All controllers loaded on a page will be automatically initialized and do not needed to be called directly.
  • Call Frontend.init(); to initialize page controllers (useful with AJAX calls when new content is added).
  • Modify the JavaScript Task in the gulpfile.js to add, alter compiled JS files.

Scripts are organized into 3 different categories:

  1. Controllers – Component specific functionality (main menu dropdown, accordions, etc.)
  2. Services – Helper functions
  3. Libraries – JavaScript libraries (jQuery, slick, etc.)


Please read for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us.


We use SemVer for versioning. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.


See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.


This project is licensed under the MIT License – see the file for details.


Version 1.1.0 (TBD)

  • Updated file documentation.
  • Re-organized some folder structures.
  • Installed gulp-complexity.
  • Added additional Frontend common styles.

Version 1.0.0 (Oct. 18, 2016)

  • Initial commit.