The Theme Foundry releases a Backbone powered theme

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Written By Brian Krogsgard

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  1. The theme looks great and does load super fast. How much of this is because of backbone and how much is it because they have great servers and all their themes load pretty quickly.

    I expect that they will sell the heck out of this one, if for no other reason, because other designers will want to know how it’s made.

    Best of luck Drew and co. Nice guys and good themes.

  2. Hi Matt!

    Thanks for the kind words!

    Indeed, we do try to keep our server running smoothly using a number of technologies; however, merely switching out content in a page without a full page reload will almost always improve the page load speed. When a page loads, a number of requests for stylesheets, Javascripts and other assets are made. Without a full page refresh, you do not incur that performance penalty as those assets are not loaded a second time.

    You should definitely see an improved page load time with this theme. Moreover, if you use some of the popular WordPress page caching techniques out there, you will further improve your page load speeds.

    Thanks again for the wonderful comments!

    • Thanks Chris! We took a serious look at PJAX before starting this project. One of the advantages of BackboneJS is the amount of control you have over the app. It has very little opinion, which was an asset to this project. It really helped us mold a single page application experience to some of WordPress’ quirks. I was worried that PJAX would not give us that flexibility. That said, when the library lacks an opinion, you generally need to do a lot more work so it was quite an effort to get the Backbone code working with WordPress.

        • Hi Pascal! There are no plans to release it yet. The code is too closely coupled to the theme for it to be a useful component at this point. We will be writing a lot about this in the next month. We do want to share what we learned, but the code would not be too helpful at this point.

  3. This is the coolest WordPress theme I have seen in quite a while. Love how it demonstrates the power of Backbone.js (I’ve added to my Backbone resources). The design is gorgeous too, love the subtle transition effects.

  4. I can’t even express how excited I was when I saw the launch of then aptly named “Collections”. (For those of you who are new to Backbone.js you have Models, Collections and Views in them 🙂 ).

    I’ve just bought the theme then and will be having a dig through the code as well to see how they implemented it. I’m a sucker for The Theme Foundry themes!

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