Luca’s Theme: A Free WordPress and BuddyPress Theme Based on Twitter Bootstrap

Everyone loves free themes, right? We’ve got a great one for you today. My team at Untame has created its first free WordPress and BuddyPress theme based on Twitter Bootstrap. There’s a story behind this theme that I should fill you in on.

Two weeks ago, we adopted a beautiful baby dog, an Italian Greyhound that we named Luca Brasi. He is a vivacious puppy, happy and outgoing, and very fast. We fell in love with him the first time we saw him; his previous family needed to re-home him and we were only too happy to adopt our first puppy. Last weekend, however, he was running and playing when he jumped off the couch and came down hard. He started crying, so we scooped him up and took him to the emergency pet clinic, where the doctors told us he had broken his leg in two places. As a 14-week-old puppy, he needs surgery to repair his broken bones with a steel plate so that he doesn’t become permanently lame as an adult.

Unfortunately, the surgery that he requires is very expensive and we are having a hard time trying to give him the care that he needs, so we have decided to release this responsive Wordpress and BuddyPress theme absolutely free of charge, in honor of Luca. Download this theme, use it as you like and, if you can, please consider a small donation to help pay for fixing the little guy’s leg. The doctors have told us that the total expense for getting him healthy with surgery and hospitalization is $3,000, so we are setting that as our goal. If this theme somehow achieves more than our goal we will dedicate any remaining funds to our local Italian Greyhound Rescue Group, Hazeljane’s Blessings.

Luca’s Theme features a spacious responsive layout, feature slider, and styles for BuddyPress and bbPress. The best part is that you can take advantage of all the goodness that Twitter Bootstrap has to offer.

Luca’s Theme Features:

  • Responsive layout for WordPress, BuddyPress and bbPress
  • Built-in Custom Post Type Nivo Slider
  • Custom Author Byline Implementation
  • Modern CSS3 Style Techniques
  • Custom Homepage Template
  • Custom Full Width Template
  • Left Sidebar Template (Your sidebar, your choice!)
  • Custom 404 Page Including Popular Posts
  • Future Updates and Features
  • It’s absolutely free!!!!

View a live demo to see the theme in action.

The Luca Theme is loosely based on a theme we recently created for ThePinkLeague.com, a BuddyPress community dedicated to helping girls win in fantasy football as well as the fight against breast cancer. We’ve modified Luca’s Theme to be suitable for a regular WordPress blog and/or a BuddyPress community.

Of course this theme is not perfect. We’ve only just begun work on it. If you’d like to conduct a peer review on the theme, we’d greatly appreciate it. If you find any bugs or a better way to do something in the theme, please share!

You can download Luca’s Theme for free from the demo site. If you enjoy using this theme, please consider sending a small donation. Help us get little Luca back on his feet. We are only too happy to devote this theme to his cause and invite you to join with us to make sure this adopted pup gets the surgery he needs to live a long and happy life. Thank you!