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WordPress Theme Frameworks for Freelancers and Bloggers

WordPress theme frameworks are excellent starting point for the child themes. As frameworks allow you to extend the capability of wordpress themes, It is important to choose the right theme framework for your job. Theme frameworks not only provide solid foundation to build the client sites and stores but also lets you add more features.

There are many free and paid wordpress theme frameworks available in the market. Each framework has it’s set of pros and cons, so It all comes down to how comfortable you’re with the framework.
Reverie HTML5 Framework

  •     Price: Free
  •     Support: Free on forums, GitHub

If you’re build blogs or website with mobile or responsive layouts in mind, reverie framework is perfect for you. Check the demo on the official webpage of the reverie framework.

Thematic

  •     Type : Free
  •     Support : Community Forums
  •     Documentation : Yes

Thematic is now part of automattic inc. makers of wordpress. It is free framework that offers support via forums and has limited documentation. This framework is suitable for those who wish to experiment on their own and are comfortable with limited docs and support.

Hybrid Framework
  • Type : Free and Paid
  • Support : Community Forums
  • Documentation : Yes but Limited
Hybrid like thematic offers support via community forums and has limited docs. They do offer paid support and the subscription options. If you like minimal framework then hybrid is good starting point to use for your themes. I don’t suggest this theme framework for newbie bloggers and freelancers as it takes time to get around it due to less support and docs.

StudioPress Genesis Framework
  • Type : Commercial – 59$
  • Support & Documentation Included
Genesis framework is a cost effective framework that lets you build child themes quickly on top of secure theme framework. You can either purchase additional themes from genesis marketplace or buy a pro pack. All the child themes in the pro pack are easy to edit and extend. Most of the niche themes are already covered under genesis so you get advantage of building over existing powerful themes. Genesis offers additional hooks and more than six free plugins to enhance your child themes. If you’re going to spend money on any framework then go ahead and get Genesis framework. It’s worth your serious investment.
Get Genesis Framework

Thesis Framework
  • Type: Commercial – 86$ onwards
  • Support & Documentation Included
Thesis framework allows you a lot of flexibility and options to extend the wordpress as per your requirements. Thesis has skin system which you can use to extend the existing blank layout into design of your choice. Making a child theme using thesis may not be as easy like genesis but thesis is perfect for those who wants to start from blank template. It is somewhat expensive framework for bloggers and developers, but if you manage to use this framework to it’s full potential, you’ll be able to recover the investment.
Get Thesis Framework

Headway Framework
  • Type: Commercial – 68$ onwards
  • Support & Documentation Included
Headway allows you to build your website using drop down theme builder and extend it using shortcodes and framework options. It is perfect for blogger and freelancers who wants to code quick theme for shorter projects. It’s so easy to use headway that anyone with wordpress usage experience can create their own child theme using theme builder. After genesis framework, this is the only framework I suggest to my friends.

There are few other framework like Atahualpa worth to add in this list but as they’re less suitable for client side installation and support, so frameworks listed above are the only that I would recommend to those who want to save time on serious projects and client support. Hope this post helps to all those freelancers and blogger who are looking for a good wordpress theme framework.