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studiogtb says

I’m looking at making my own WP themes in conjuction with a graphic design guru I know. I’ve got no problems with coding in PHP (I’m rusty, but it will all come back to me), but the new learning curve is WP itself. I’ve used WP for years but never coded for it.

Anyway, I’ve seen a lot of WP frameworks about and was wondering if anyone uses them and if they really do make life that much easier when designing custom themes.

And if you do, which one and why?

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BuchmannDesign says

Smashingmagazine just posted a roundup of lots of WordPress Frameworks:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/27/wordpress-theme-development-frameworks/

(The bottom of the list aren’t really frameworks… they’re simply stripped down themes so you can easily start from scratch.)

In regard to the actual “frameworks”, to me, it seems like it’s another huge learning curve. Does anyone use a framework, and is it worth spending lots of time learning it?

Can a framework be used when creating non-standard themes (themes that are not “just” a blog)?

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digitalimpact says

I like Starkers :)

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contempoinc says

I’m personally not a fan of using any frameworks, WP or CSS …I like to start from scratch with all of my projects since 99.9% of the time they’ll all be completely different.

The only thing I really use from WP site to WP site is a basic comments.php file and styling.

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chrisfay says
I like Starkers :)

+1

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BuchmannDesign says

+1 to starkers for me also. But that only really applies to regular “blog” themes. Once you bend it into a blog/portfolio or similar, then it doesn’t come in quite as handy.

But technically that is not a framework. It’s just a stripped down template so we can start from a blank slate. The article talks about actual “frameworks” which are different. But they seem like they have a very steep learning curve. I’m wondering if it’s worth learning.

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ChillThemes says

Thematic and Hybrid are amazing themes.

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