WordPress Theme Frameworks: Beginners Demand Complete Functionality

WordPress Theme Frameworks

Feature-rich WordPress theme frameworks are reckoned as dream-come-true to many WP enthusiasts. Strange though it may seem, but beginners demand a lot more control over the layout and design, while advanced users literally want to know whether the platform is flexible enough to add more functionality at any point of the ongoing project.

Popular framework developers claim they already have products on the market to satisfy all the individual needs. In other words, by purchasing one of the popular theme frameworks you get everything you ever wanted and your next project is as limited as is your imagination.

Well, I consider myself as creative person and most of you, probably, feel the same about yourself, so it’s about time to sack our web developers and create some impressive projects all by ourselves – easily, rapidly, without touching a code! But is it really that simple?

Magic Trick

Actually, your success is based on the same fundamentals as in any other WordPress project you’ve already started or going to start. There is no such tool that could substitute creativity, experience in web developing and proficiency in WordPress. Only having a combination of these skills can help you to make use of the unlimited theme framework features to create something unique.

While you are thinking what characteristics you have, you may be interested in 27 exceptional customizations of Genesis, Thesis and Headway theme frameworks I’ve listed below, along with brief descriptions of the platforms themselves. An image of what may be achieved by choosing one of the following frameworks as a starting point. Endless possibilities against actual results.

Genesis WordPress Theme Framework

Creating a WordPress blog is simple with Genesis Theme Framework. It offers features to make it simple to set up your site exactly the way you want it. And if you change your mind later, you’re just a few clicks away from creating new sections and functions. Genesis Framework has been widgetized beyond just the sidebar, there are custom widgets for you to use on any area of your site. You get unlimited support. Unlimited updates. Unlimited websites.

Endless Features:

  • Full-scale layout options
  • Unlimited updates, support and domains
  • Advertising and localization ready
  • WordPress security best practices
  • Custom widgets on any area
  • Clean, SEO optimized code
  • etc… more »

Actual Results:

Scribe SEO on Genesis Framework

WP Beginner Gallery on Genesis Framework

WildlifeHC on Genesis Framework

Chef Thai on Genesis Framework

Erati on Genesis Framework

WinwithWP on Genesis Framework

Apple Gazette on Genesis Framework

Jason Weaver on Genesis Framework

Melinda Roberts on Genesis Framework

Thesis WordPress Theme Framework

The Thesis theme framework is a premium template system for WordPress that is designed to serve as the rock-solid foundation beneath any kind of website. Over 35,027 people rely on the Thesis SEO, incredible design flexibility, and fast loading times that Thesis provides. What about customizations and design changes? Thesis contains a customization system that allows you to produce unique designs without having to touch any core code. And thanks to a layout generator and font controls, testing tons of different layout variants has never been easier!

Endless Features:

  • Incredible design flexibility
  • Lightning-fast loading times
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Ability to tune each and every page
  • Layout generator
  • Font controls
  • etc… more »

Actual Results:

A Life in Translation on Thesis Framework

Matt Bites on Thesis Framework

Immersus Media on Thesis Framework

Kolakube on Thesis Framework

Group Mind Media on Thesis Framework

Matt Hodder on Thesis Framework

Social Triggers on Thesis Framework

Think Traffic on Thesis Framework

ThinkDave on Thesis Framework

Headway WordPress Theme Framework

Headway gives you a great deal of freedom and power over your blog. Where to begin? The first time you activate Headway, the Quick Start Wizard guides you smoothly through the set up and design process. Just follow the steps to choose your layout, colors, and more. Headway’s Visual Editor lets you do anything from creating a standard blog page to creating an e-commerce site. And of course, Headway can create unique layouts for each and every one of your pages. Headway lets you copy and paste your Google analytics code, achieve effortless rounded corners, generate a color scheme automatically based on the colors in your header image, use “hooks” without writing PHP and many more.

Endless Features:

  • Drag and drop template editing
  • Individual page layouts
  • Unlimited number of sidebars
  • A style for every element
  • Automatic updates
  • etc… more »

Actual Results:

Blue Grange on Thesis Framework

Zero2illo on Thesis Framework

Magnum Excavating on Thesis Framework

Outdoor Experience on Thesis Framework

Idea Anarchy on Thesis Framework

CTE Logistics on Thesis Framework

Alaskas Best Salmon on Thesis Framework

Illuminated Mind on Thesis Framework

J.D. Bentley on Thesis Framework

What’s your opinion:

Is it possible for WordPress theme frameworks to become so smart, that even a novice user would be able to create breathtaking designs without touching a code? And if so, is it wise trying to develope a platform that enables any business owner to create striking company website without hiring professionals for the job?

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  4. I think you left out a few important frameworks.
    There’s always mention of themeshaper and them hybrid within these realms, but probably one of the most user friendly and powerful frameworks is Wootheme’s Canvas. I’ve used it for several projects, and I really enjoy being able to change quick settings easily but also be able to get my hands dirty and dig in to more in depth customization.

    1. Hey Jason, you are absolutely right, because there are a lot more powerful and well-known theme frameworks on the market and not in this list.

      However, in this post I wasn’t trying to discuss them all, because I have already did that in my earlier post: “Beyond Standard WordPress Theme Framework Features: Total Layout & Design Control

      Another reason is that only these three giants can make boast of the impressive theme customizations. The rest of the developers don’t have showcases or just a few customization to show, while my key point of this post was “Endless possibilities against actual results”

  5. Thanks for including Immersus Media as an example of a site running on Thesis!

    In answer to your ending question: YES and NO. Yes, we are moving closer and closer to the point in which a client may be able to simply use a WP theme framework to create something that looks fantastic without touching any code. HOWEVER, I don’t think this relegates professional web designers/developers into some kind of extinction or niche position nor does it eliminate the need for the work of professionals. Quality isn’t only dictated to simply how something looks (I’d say that it is, in fact, only one very small part of making a successful website).

    1. Hi Alan, np, Immersus Media has unique color combination and stands out of the crowd. Thanks for your opinion, I agree with your thoughts, maybe except the last one. Of course, quality isn’t just about the look, but I believe it is more than just a very small part for a start-up website or blog. You can only make the first impression once.

      1. Agreed. I meant more in terms of stylized graphics, etc. being only a small part of a quality website. Doesn’t mean I don’t hold the visuals overall in particularly high regard. I think things such as UI, IA, ease of use, ability of site to quickly communicate, and so on are all visual related but all go well beyond simply making something “pretty”. Hence my argument that just because a business owner can make a site look nice on their own using a Template Framework doesn’t mean that this suddenly eliminates the need for professionals.

  6. I think non-designers/non-developers wanting to create their own designs is nice, but it is unrealistic even if there are great frameworks for it out there. There are some areas that are not do-it-yourself compatible, and if we want to keep the integrity of the web intact – meaning: not have broken, poorly built, browser-incompatible websites we should always be mindful that there will always be a need for a professional web-designer/developer even if the website is being created with a do-it-yourself framework.

    1. And I have a bit different point of view. Many users want to alter the layout and design of their blogs and websites, but they fear their efforts might do harm: break the integrity of the code, for example.

      So developers are trying to create a toolkit for every user to alter the settings easily, without a chance of spoiling the code, to encourage them to take full control on both: content and layout, while integrity, cross-browser compatibility and basic SEO are guaranteed after all those changes you have made.

      However, one thing is to have a well-organized layout and clean code, but when it comes to a great looking design and user-friendly experience, it requires certain knowledge, good taste, understanding of the color-matching techniques and so on and on. SEO experts will be always in need, because someone has to optimize the content, a framework cannot do it for you (yet).

      When you do not require your developer to do some minor modifications to your web, you quickly realize what are the benefits of WordPress Theme Frameworks

  7. Personally I am a big fan of Thesis framework because of SEO friendlessness and flexibility. Genesis looks promising but never tried yet, maybe will try it for next project. thanks for the nice article with great examples.

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