If you are not a really experienced Web Developer/Coder, my personal opinion is that anything you can do to accelerate the process and reduce coding is a benefit. If you have a good code base to handle all the routine template stuff then you don’t need a Framework. It is a tradeoff between flexibility and capability as any package will have limitations over creating the site from scratch with your own code. After much evaluation I chose Genesis with the Dynamic Web Site Builder.
Some questions/comments for GreenShady…
I’m leaning to one of the following options but could use your help in understanding the differences between some of them. 1. WordPress with OptionsTree and Free/Paid Themes (coding required) 2. Theme Hybrid with the Hybrid Core (coding required) 3. Genesis with Genesis Extender 4. Dynamic Website Builder for Genesis 5. Catalyst with Dynamik Theme
I had long list of capabilities in my first post but the most important include: Responsive Websites, Child Themes, Multisite, Drag and Drop/Configurable Builder, HTML5 and CSS3, Multi Language Support, SEO Optimized/Best Practices, and general compatibility with existing themes and plugins (buddy press, bbpress, feedburner, etc).
I’m thinking options 4 or 5 above are my 2 best choices with Hybid close behind but my impression is the much coding will be required with Hybrid. I hope to get several sites online this year and don’t mind spending some money if I know my investment will pay off (mostly time learning the solution).
I’m looking forward to your additional clarifications and recommendations.
Thanks for the comments and feedback, here are some additional details.
I’m not looking to sell themes but I plan to get several sites online this year starting with my personal blog. I’m a solution architect for a consulting company so I’m familiar with writing code, just not using the WordPress platform and tools (LAMP). I work in the Microsoft world (WISA/WIMP) so go easy on me (I can hear the rumblings already). I’m in the process of learning the platform and want to use my first blog to learn all the basics. I’m looking for a framework or a robust theme to use as a starting point that I can customize as needed.
Once I decided on WP as the CMS platform, I started researching theme frameworks. I’m hoping to use a robust standalone theme or a framework with a child theme for my initial blog. I will look at the references provided already and any others. I might start with an individual theme and move to a framework as second step.
All recommendations are welcome.
What is the best theme framework (or theme) considering I’m new to Wordpress and I would like to minimize coding while having the most flexible set of features and capabilities? • Wordpress 3.5 Support • Responsive Websites • Import/Export Themes • Child Themes • Multisite • Drag and Drop • HTML5 and CSS3 • Multi Language Support • SEO Optimized/Best Practices • Breadcrumbs • Clean Coding Standards • Expanded Shortcodes, Widgets, and Plugins • Social Media • Good Security • Hooks • eCommerce Storefronts
I’ve done some research but can’t decide between these top rated frameworks. 1. Thesis2.0 Theme by DIYThemes 2. Page Lines 3. Dynamik Website Builder for Genesis 4. Headway Themes 5. WooFrame by WooThemes 6. Theme Hybrid 7. Ultimatum 8. Genesis Framework by StudioPress 9. iThemes Builder 10. Catalyst (w/Dynamik Theme)