A while ago, I took a look around to see what was available in terms of dependable front-end theming environments for WordPress. The main reason was to provide a solid starting point from which to develop a core institutional parent theme, which we could then use to develop numerous child themes for school, departmental and a variety of web application uses. Ideally, the goal was to find something:
- with a lot of hooks built in, to inject any number of elements into the interface
- with a decent level of support via, presumably, paid licensing
- that had well-planned responsive breakpoints already built-in
Admittedly, the following list probably isn’t complete, but we’ve already determined a winner. Thoughts or guesses?
Premium WordPress theme frameworks
- Thesis: http://diythemes.com/ (a little more admin panel control) – $200 one time fee.
- Genesis: http://www.studiopress.com/features (a little more dev oriented) – $60 one time fee.
- Hybrid: Hybrid Core WordPress theme framework– Core code is free but source documentation and support is $25/yr.
Front-end UI responsive frameworks
- Foundation: http://foundation.zurb.com/develop/download.html (just UI, not WP)
- Bootstrap: http://getbootstrap.com/customize/ (just UI, not WP)