10 Popular WordPress Theme Development Frameworks

10 Popular WordPress Frameworks

WordPress is arguably the most widely used and fastest growing Content Management System (CMS) on the Web. With its vast array of free templates and growing number of premium templates, setting up a website couldn’t be any easier. But what do you do if you don’t want to use a theme that hundreds of other Bloggers are using?

If you want to create your own unique theme that hasn’t been downloaded 2,348 times,  that’s where Theme Development Frameworks can give you a huge jump start. These bare bones WordPress themes allow for easy customization, putting control of the look and feel of the theme into your hands.

Now let’s move on to the list.

1.  WhiteBoard by: Brian Purkiss


From the Author:

It is designed to speed up the process of designing and coding a WordPress theme by eliminating the time spent on WordPress’ back-end PHP that is used in every theme.

Whiteboard is clean, noted, and compact (only 76KB in size – unzipped!). It includes all the standard PHP tags and PHP files needed for a WordPress theme – plus a few extras.

2.  Thematic by: Ian Stewart


From the Author:

Thematic is a free, open-source, highly extensible, search-engine optimized WordPress Theme Framework featuring 13 widget-ready areas, grid-based layout samples, styling for popular plugins, and a whole community behind it. It’s perfect for beginner bloggers and WordPress development professionals.

3.  Carrington by: Crowd Favorite


From The Author:

Carrington is a new (we think better) way of organizing a WordPress theme, coupled with a core framework engine that provides a bunch of exciting functionality for free, just by creating different named templates.

The Carrington framework is a completely additive framework. It builds on the existing core WordPress theme structure and functionality and uses core WordPress theme functions for easy adoption by experienced theme authors.

You can even use the Carrington framework selectively when creating a theme, more on this later.

4.  Hybrid by: Justin Tadlock


From the Author:

Hybrid is a user-friendly, search-engine optimized theme framework, featuring 18 custom page templates and 9 widget-ready areas, allowing you to create any type of site you want.

Like WordPress, this theme is completely free and open source. You can use it for your client work or for a blog about your grandchildren. It is continuously being developed and has a community growing around it.

5.  WP Framework by: Ptah Dunbar

WP Framework

From the Author:

WP Framework was created to serve as the starting point in WordPress theme development.

It accomplishes this by providing you with commonly used functions and features that modern WordPress themes should have. So when you start a brand new WordPress project, using WP Framework you’ll already have the basic functionality set so you don’t have to worry about mundane task like creating the loop, or recreating all the standard template files.

Instead, you’ll be able to start implementing the design and functionality specific to your project right from the get-go. That’s the primary and only goal for this project and it will continue to evolve as WordPress continues to move from blogging software towards a fully capable CMS.

6. Ashford by: Tim Bedford


From the Author:

Ashford was developed by Tim Bednar to aid organizations in customizing, building and growing simple web sites. It is a theme framework that many kinds of web site owners will find valuable: web workers, small business, bloggers, authors, new media, magazines, churches and nonprofits.

7.  Sandbox by: Scott Wallick


From the Author:

The Sandbox is a powerful tool available for WordPress theme designers and developers. The Sandbox can be easily designed just with CSS, so beginners will feel comfortable not bothering with PHP.

Experienced developers and designers can accomplish almost anything with minimal work, thanks to the rich, semantic markup and profusion of classes dynamically generated by the Sandbox.

8.  Buffet by: Melvin Lee


From the Author:

The Buffet Framework is a theme framework designed not only for the theme developers who will be using the theme actions and filters to create the child themes, but also for the end users who would be able to add and remove what they want.

Like most WordPress theme frameworks, the Buffet Framework utlises WordPress actions and filters to allow theme developers to add additional content without editing the templates files using the child theme concept.

9.  Thesis by: Chris Pearson


From the Author:

I built the Thesis Theme because I wanted a framework that had it all—killer typography, a dynamically resizable layout, intelligent code, airtight optimization, and tons of flexibility. Now, after months of field testing, I’m confident enough to offer it to those of you who have come to expect nothing but the finest themes from me.

10.  OnePress by: PushButton Labs


From the Author:

The OnePress framework is an integrated website and forum solution. It is, simply, a WordPress theme to serve as the foundation and framework for your web site and online community. Leveraging the powerful WordPress and phpBB projects, OnePress provides a set of features focused on helping you build and maintain your site from the inside out. With this set of tools, you can easily run your community and do so with professional presentation.


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