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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 CustomStrap theme (our free starter theme).
  • The LiveCanvas plugin

Why the CustomStrap Theme and What is it?

Put simply, it’s the best way to experience Bootstrap 4 on WordPress.

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

It’s main goal is to add 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.

CustomStrap adds also some more good to your site. It maximizes performance  removing quite a bit of unnecessary tags from your site’s <head>, like those for Emojis

You can check out the CustomStrap page  to know more.


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.

And if you’re looking for a starter theme, please consider CustomStrap: it is meant for being hacked and modified in what you want.

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

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