Favourite WordPress Themes and Frameworks

Categories: Blog and WordPress.

WordPress is a great tool for building websites using my favourite WordPress templates and frameworks. Have a read and see if you agree with my selections!

Themes

Themes give your website its look. Themes have PHP pages set up to display your content and CSS files complete the look. If you want to modify a theme for your own use it’s best to create a Child Theme first. Then any updates will not over-write your changes.

Off the shelf themes can have limitations and sometimes a more flexible framework is the way to go.

attitudeAttitude

Attitude is a Simple, Clean and Responsive Retina Ready WordPress Theme which adapts automatically to your tablets and mobile devices. Theme is easily customizable with numerous theme options. This theme was used in one of Treehouse’s courses.

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Hueman

huemanHueman is a responsive 100% high resolution theme for blogs and magazines. Unique toggle sidebars give a great browsing and reading experience on both tablet and mobile. This theme is used in Treehouse’s courses for WordPress.

The feature list is long:

  • Unlimited top-bar, header, footer and accent colors,
  • unlimited widget areas
  • 0-2 sidebars to the left or right that can be uniquely specified for each page or post.
  • 300px / 220px fixed width sidebars
  • 0-4 footer widget columns
  • almost zero layout images
  • related posts and post navigation
  • featured story or slider
  • 10 post formats
  • good SEO
  • 3 flexible custom widgets
  • localisation support
  • social links
  • logo upload and many more useful admin panel features.

Frameworks

Ultimatum

The amazing Ultimatum Theme.

The amazing Ultimatum Theme.

I have used this framework from almost when it was released. It was troublesome in the beginning and now it’s very reliable, well set up and easy to use.

An excellent drag and drop framework, now with many add on’s including:

  • Intense short codes
  • Portfolio managers (a choice from three)
  • Form plugins
  • Visual Composer
  • Slide shows (a choice from three)
  • Woocommerce connectivity

Available for a subscription from https://ultimatumtheme.com/

Cherry Framework

The Most delicious WordPress Framework, as claimed by the creators!

Cherry framework is a fully responsive design, easy to install, steady updates, great number of short-codes and widgets, integration of Bootstrap functions and well documented.

Cherry is based on the well supported Bootstrap framework from Twitter and is available free from the Cherry Foundation.

Genesis

Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go.

This is a commercial framework and is available from their website.

Canvas

Another suggestion from Treehouse, this framework is highly customizable through the options panel, so you can modify the design, layout and typography.

This is similar to MyThemeShop themes. There are many options but it isn’t as flexible as Ultimatum.

Commercially available from the Woocommerce website.

 

 

 

 

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