Lets discuss some pros and cons on Using WordPress Theme Frameworks. If you dont know much about Frameworks, I recommend you to check WordPress Theme vs Framework which will give a brief idea on all these things. At present I have been using Thesis Theme Framework on WPSquare and before that Genesis rocked all the way. If you are in a confusion of which framework to choose, then Genesis vs Thesis will help you. There are many reasons why we have switched to Thesis and the most important one is loading speed. Google is coming up with a new search algorithm and its time to optimize your WordPress Blog for Google Page Speed.
Coming to our topic, its always necessary to analyze things before proceeding further. So if you are starting a new blog and dont know which one to use – a Framework or a Theme ? Then check the advantages and disadvantages of using Theme Frameworks on your WordPress blog.
Earlier I have written a couple of articles in “Pros and Cons” series and you can check them here.
I got a very good response from readers and decided to extend this series with some more useful resource articles.
I dont want to include all unnecessary points and will consider some 4 important points in each section (this is how I wrote previous 2 articles also).
Pros of Using WordPress Theme Frameworks
If it takes weeks for us to find a better framework , then you can assume how much time it will take to built one. Simply, its all based on the expertise knowledge on code and desire to develop.
Lets start with the design part. Using a perfect framework you can achieve almost any sort of design with different layouts. I have worked on both Genesis and Thesis to design simple blogs to complex Magazine layouts. Its damn easy if you know how to use action hooks wisely.
Another important thing I noticed while using a Framework is, they load faster than normal themes and there are many reasons behind it. Most of the theme frameworks available are free from junk code and other heavy graphics. So if you want to design a theme that loads with lightening speed, then built it around a framework.
Well I have used both free and premium WordPress Theme frameworks. Whenever I need something, I will head-over to WordPress Codex to find an instant solution. WordPress Community got many contributing developers and they will help you to figure out things. For premium frameworks, you can rely on their support forums also.
Theme frameworks are crafted by passionate developers by following WordPress coding standards and hence you can expect more awesomeness. Most of these frameworks will have clear code with comment lines, which further helps you to modify or change anything very easily.
Apart from these you can also consider some features like Flexibility, Versatility and perfection. All these things are powerfully packed into a functional framework.
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Cons of Using WordPress Theme Frameworks
Nothing is perfect and here are some disadvantages of frameworks that are worth reading. These things are not applicable for free Frameworks and bare-bone themes.
One of the important factors to be considered while going for any particular framework in ‘Pricing’. Any product will be evaluated based on the available features, ease of implementation etc things, so always have a strategy and some times coupons will help you to get them at more reasonable price.
2. Learning Curve
This is the most important aspect and mastering in any framework will take weeks, some times months also depending on how much time you are spending on it. For popular frameworks like Thesis or Genesis you can follow tutorials (Thesis Customization Tutorials) to speedup your initial phase.
3. Not Necessary
It is not necessary all the time to use a framework even for small websites also. If you are looking to create a website with some 2 or 3 pages, then use a simple WordPress theme. This way you can save hosting resources well and chances of messing up with the codin part will be less.
4. Not Following Trends
This is weird but you should know some thing about this. Most of the popular theme frameworks are built before the buzzing responsive design hit the market and some theme companies like StudioPress have successfully implemented it. Coming to others, they took more time to act and this surely will be an issue.
These are just my ideas on the pros and cons of using WordPress Theme Frameworks and any input from your side will be highly encouraged.
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