A theme framework in WordPress consists of a highly customized theme foundation designed to create a flexible platform that can serve as a parent theme for building child themes.
The use of WordPress theme frameworks does ease theme development considerably by reducing the volume of work that is needed in creating a backbone for a WordPress theme, something that is traditionally done by using PHP and WordPress Template Tags.
Another advantage of theme frameworks is that they also make theme development more accessible, removing the need for programming knowledge.
Below you can see a list of Available Frameworks in WordPress:
- Sandbox (Scott’s page)
- Thematic (Ian’s page)
- WP Framework (Official page)
- Hybrid (Official page)
- Carrington (Official page)
- The Buffet Framework (Official page)
- WP Basis (Official page)
- Starkers (Official page)
- Basic Foundation Themes (Official page)
- K2 (Documentation)
After some research we have decided to focus on developing the Thematic Framework, a free, open-source, highly extensible, search-engine optimized Framework that comes out-of-the-box with some very convenient features, such as 13 widget-ready areas, grid-based layout samples, styling for popular plugins, etc. Not to mention the support of a whole community behind it, which makes it perfect for both beginner bloggers and WordPress development professionals.
Additional features are:
- Includes a sample WordPress Child Theme for rapid development
- A wiki-editable guide to Thematic Customization
- Ready for WordPress plugins like Subscribe to Comments, WP-PageNavi, and Comment-license
- Fully compatible with All-In-One SEO and Platinum SEO plugins
- Multiple, easy to implement, bulletproof layout options for 2, or 3 column designs
- Modular CSS with pre-packaged resets and basic typography
- Dynamic post and body classes make it a hyper-canvas for CSS artists
- Editable footer text—remove the theme credit without harming the theme
- Options for multi-author blogs