My requirement is making one eCommerce site which totally different from magento luma/blank . I stuck with how to utilize theme in magento 2. In most of the tutorial inherit parent theme.

which is the best way to achieve look and feel which totally different from Magento Luma/Blank and why ?

the options are

  1. Inherit parent theme(luma or blank)
  2. Without inherit parent theme (fully customize)
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    So far, I have created themes without inheriting from a parent theme. According to Alan Kent "Magento/Blank" is just another theme. I generally work on projects where the front-end is totally different from luma/blank so it makes sense to avoid the bloat of those themes and start from scratch using my own LESS structure and positioning.
    – David W
    May 11, 2016 at 9:44
  • thanks it seems very reasonable, I need to work on your answer after that I will definitely come back to you. +1 from me :-) May 11, 2016 at 10:07

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From everything I've read so far, it appears to be best practice to inherit a parent theme (usually blank) and customise from there. That said, with the added complexity Magento 2 adds to the layout system, I have found it far easier to start from scratch and not extend from a parent theme, especially when it comes to modifying base structural content.

Hope this helps.

  • I'd say do it from scratch, though I'm not very experienced with the system myself as of yet, so this may not be the best answer. Feb 22, 2016 at 22:16

If you want to start on a clean theme, use the 'Magento/blank' theme as your parent theme.

Take a look at http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/frontend-dev-guide/themes/theme-general.html & http://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.0/frontend-dev-guide/themes/theme-create.html.

  • already I read man! I have created one module and theme, theme extend to magento blank, struck with customize, really I need hints from expert like you :-) already some one handle this situation Feb 20, 2016 at 12:11
  • Right. I think it's best to ask specific questions (in a separate question) as this question refers to which theme to use as a base. If you have specific customisation questions, I think best is to open a new question or search for already asked questions. Feb 20, 2016 at 14:23

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