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24 Best WordPress Frameworks

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I recently had a debate with a blogger friend of mine about what are the best wordpress frameworks and themes on the web. The debate is timely because I continue to perform on-going research for a more long term and flexible wordpress framework for the Startup Addict brand. Currently, Startup Addict Musings is based on Daily Headlines by Proudthemes but I am seriously considering Genesis by StudioPress. There is tremendous amount of buzz swirling around about Genesis being the best overall premium framework especially since Darren Rowse from Problogger has made the switch. Others contest that Thesis is the only way to go with its’ own Internet celebrities endorsing it like Danny Sullivan.

Please keep in mind, you should choose the framework that will accomplish your specific needs and requirements. For instance if BuddyPress is an essential element for your wordpress deployment then you might consider Pagelines and Genesis for an “out-the-box” solution. If you don’t like to touch code and prefer a more drag and drop environment than “builder” by ithemes or Headway might be your flavor. In addition budget will always be a consideration and the payment plans and one time purchases range widely.

Whatever your requirements may be from your wordpress framework there are common trends emerging with premium themes.

  • extensibility & child themes
  • seo friendly
  • lightweight – clean code
  • Easy Design Controls
  • On going support


Below is a comprehensive list of the some of the best wordpress frameworks available on the web.The list is alphabetical and I highlighted which of the 24 theme developers are actual wordpress frameworks.

  • Band Themer
  • Chimera
  • Headway[WP Framework]
  • Hybrid[WP Framework]
  • iDesignEco
  • iThemes [WP Framework]
  • Kreative
  • Obox
  • PageLines [WP Framework]
  • Press75
  • Pro Theme Design
  • ProudThemes
  • Standard
  • StudioPress [WP Framework]
  • Templatic
  • Theme Foundry
  • Theme Trust
  • ThemeShift
  • Thematic
  • Themify
  • Thesis [WP Framework]
  • Viva
  • WooThemes
  • WPZoom

Hope the list is helpful and let me know what wordpress framework you prefer and why?

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