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The Stack


To build a successful Web project, you need an efficient and  stable foundation.

WordPress is a fantastic platform – until you don’t fall into the “piling heavy plugins” trap – then a nightmare begins.

You should be aware that  somehow, your WordPress site is just as good as your worst active plugin’s code.

That’s why we won’t add bloat to it – well actually we may remove some.

All it takes in order to get started with LiveCanvas is:

  • A vanilla WordPress install
  • The picostrap or the CustomStrap theme (our free starter themes).
  • The LiveCanvas plugin

Why the Picostrap / CustomStrap Themes ?

Put simply, they’re the best way to experience Bootstrap 4 on WordPress.

[Nov 2020 update] Picostrap is now available and is now the recommended Theme choice for new sites.

It is a stand alone theme, with a customizable child.

CustomStrap instead, technically, it’s a child theme of  Understrap, the Web’s top rated Bootstrap 4 based WordPress Starter Theme.

These themes are pretty similar in their concept of adding a SASS compiler, merged  with the WordPress Customizer.

If you’re familiar with Bootstrap what we’re saying here is that basically you can change your color variables from the WordPress Customizer and your Bootstrap CSS build will be automatically updated.

All on the server. No need to install command line tools.

You can check out the CustomStrap page  to know more – or the picostrap minisite.

On another side, can I run on another Theme or on my custom Theme? 

Of course. The only mandatory requirement is that your Theme must include the Bootstrap 4 CSS.

This is because the LiveCanvas plugin does not add any  JS or CSS file to your site. It “expects” to find BootStrap 4 on the Theme.

You can find more information about this on our faq: Which Themes should I use with LiveCanvas?

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