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bfintal says

To all WordPress developers,

I’ve just released Titan Framework, an easy to use WordPress options framework. It’s now available in the WP plugins repo.

I built this framework plugin to make building themes and plugins easier and faster. I decided to just put it out there so that others can use it as well and made it 100% open source.

The framework allows the easy creation of:

  • Admin menus and submenus
  • Admin pages
  • Admin options and tabs
  • Meta boxes and options
  • Theme customizer sections and options with live preview support
  • 20+ options, including the selection of Google WebFonts

Here are the links to it:

I’m giving away the framework for free. However, if you visit the main site, the docs and support for it are paid subscriptions (but with a 4 day trial subscription).

I’m currently completing the documentation part now.

Please check it out. And if you’re interested and thinking of using a framework like this for your next TF project, let me know here since I’ll be giving away a few free 1 month subscriptions to the site.

This is the first release of the framework and the site, so things are just going to get better.

Let me know what you think! :)

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bfintal says

FYI, just changed the sign up process. Now there’s a 4-day trial registration. :)

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FinalDestiny says

Why would you release something for free and charge for the documentation? The documentation is the main thing that would make the users actually use it. It’s like giving someone a car for free but asking $7,500 for the keys.

If I don’t know how to use it, I won’t use it. Either charge only for support or make it a paid plugin altogether.

Just my 2 cents. We have Redux which does its job in a great way and is fully free to use. For metaboxes, there’s Custom-Metaboxes-and-Fields-for-WordPress from WebDevStudios. If you want users to switch to your framework, you’ll need to come up with something new to the table.

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tommusrhodus says

We’re on WP3.8, the WP customiser has been out since WP3.4, seriously we all need to be using this by default.

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LoveThemes says

We’re on WP3.8, the WP customiser has been out since WP3.4, seriously we all need to be using this by default.

+1

If Wordpress provides tools in the core then that should be used.

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OriginalEXE says

You can’t use customizer for post/page meta though, and it’s not suitable for all options.

Customizer is just not the universal solution.

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ThemeBeans says

We’re on WP3.8, the WP customiser has been out since WP3.4, seriously we all need to be using this by default.

+1 for everything outside of post/page metaboxes

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LoveThemes says

Customizer is just not the universal solution.

Neither is adding a million useless options.

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WPWiseOwl says

Had this been released before “The Great Redux Unification”, I might have looked at it. However, these days, I now find most “new” options frameworks a waste of time since what I’d considered to be the top four options frameworks came together into the Redux framework. Though, I do welcome anyone’s attempt to try to compete. For the moment, I have stopped considering themes for purchase that employ their relative unknown / custom frameworks over Redux. If I don’t know for certain what options framework is being used then I actually ask the author. I don’t believe this new one can rival Redux now or will anytime soon.

That’s not even considering the new extensions being offered on the Redux marketplace. I love the UI / UX consistency they’re striving for in this latest version for both the developer / end-user. I thought Redux was easy to use before the 2 hour free webinar they offered but things seem even easier / more clear now! It’s not that complex at all as frameworks go but I the unknown is still often feared. I’ve mostly used it for private client plugins and themes. No public commercial ones yet. ;-)


Why would you release something for free and charge for the documentation? The documentation is the main thing that would make the users actually use it. It’s like giving someone a car for free but asking $7,500 for the keys.

While bfintal’s execution might leave something to be desired, this is certainly not the first time someone has done so, here’s a prominent example which may have inspired this sort of model (even though it’s a theme framework instead of an options one)...

http://themehybrid.com/

The Theme Hybrid framework is available completely free to download and enjoy. You only need to pay if you need access to our in-depth documentation and the support forums.
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bfintal says

@FinalDestiny

If you have any suggestions about the pricing, I’m all ears :)

The reason it’s priced like that is because I thought about the pricing last. But as much as I want to give everything away, the hard truth is that I needed to put some earnings into this somehow. Access to docs and the rest of the site are the stuff I thought would suffice. But if it’s weird somehow, then please do suggest a better alternative.

@FinalDestiny and others:

The thing that’s new to the table is the ease of use. I haven’t used Redux since I think their configuration script is too complex. For me code for creating options in any location (admin page, tab, meta box, theme customizer) should always be the same.

Check out the code at the bottom of this page to see what I mean: https://www.titanframework.net/get-started/

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