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melzor says

Just wondering what most of you think is a great blank slate Wordpress theme that’s powerful, flexible and easy to customize.

I’ve recently discovered the theme Mural by Unisphere (sold here) that has really awesome theme options. You can customize almost everything from there: load skins, duplicate skins, add sliders on all pages, custom backgrounds, and tons more. Really recommend it, but I just ran it through a speed analyser and it got a bad score. Seems the code isn’t really that optimized.

So what’s your take on the best Wordpress platform? I’m looking into Pagelines right now. Looks pretty sweet.

Thanks!

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arconix says

I doubt you’ll find a consensus on the “best platform” because that is such a subjective item. I use and love Genesis by StudioPress and it’s almost the polar opposite of what you describe—it has much less flash and far fewer settings, but once you get the hang of developing with it, it’s very powerful.

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melzor says

I found a great article that compares all frameworks. Really in depth, and great comparison charts: http://wpmu.org/wordpress-framework-comparison/

I like Woo, but remember a while back getting frustrated customizing the code to a theme ‘cause I didn’t understand all the hooks and loops going on. I guess now you can customize the layouts using their options panel.

I’ve worked with Thesis in the past. Hated it, seemed clunky and just had tons of files and seemed over complicated.

I took a look at Pagelines and don’t like their themes. The designs are to basic and not sophisticated enough.

Here’s a list of existing frameworks: http://www.pagelines.com/ http://www.studiopress.com/features http://catalysttheme.com/ http://diythemes.com/
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dmsumon says

I think “Pagelines” is not a good choice. On the other hand “Pagelines” is some thing like Adobe’s Dreamweaver’s WYSIWYG . So it is not a good choice to use it. if you are a pro WP developer and want to sell it on any market place like Themeforest then my advice would be not to use it. But if you are using it for personal use then it will be a good idea to use “Pagelines” because it is something like WYSIWYG that means it is very fast. But if you are a professional WP theme developer then instead of this you can use Thematic, Gantry, Genesis etc frameworks or make your own because most of the WP theme developers on themeforest use their own developed framework and by the way if you know the basics of PHP , WP hooks, functions and API then it is not very difficult to develop your own framework. :)

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digitalimpact says

Don’t know about Pagelines, as I haven’t used it, but:


[...] if you want to sell themes for WP here they need to be feature rich. Especially you have to create tons of (at least 10) theme options to customize your theme. And to that you need to be good WP coder.

^ Every phrase in there is misleading and not true. You don’t need to have tons of options, as neither does one need to have good WP knowledge to create them (there are idiot-proof frameworks for that). Also, there are a lot of very successful themes here that are not feature rich, but well designed, well coded and flexible because of both. Bloat doesn’t mean feature rich. It’s just bloat that some authors have tried (and succeeded) making money off, trashing every sense of standardization or compatibility.

Sorry for the rant, it’s not aimed at you :)

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