WordPress Theme framework provides a solid foundation to build your site easily and extend the functionality by providing additional features which are difficult to get in normal WordPress theme.
We have listed four great WordPress theme frameworks which are widely used in many sites. At the end we have also listed few other WordPress frameworks that are available for free download.
Paid WordPress Framework
Genesis framework is developed by studiopress and is one of the best frameworks widely recommended in this segment. You can get it at a one time payment of $59.95 with unlimited updates, support and access to tutorials. You can also get themes from studiopress which have been developed on genesis for your site’s ready use.
After buying this framework, you can either use one of their developed child themes or create your own. This framework supports child theme. The most important part is it’s responsive and works well in all devices being mobile or tablets.
Thesis is another most popular well known WordPress theme framework which is known for its SEO compatibility. By using its template editor, you can easily drag and drop boxes into your template wherever you want, without having any technical knowledge.
Thesis’s basic WordPress framework comes at a price of $87. However, you will not be getting future updates and support with this option. To get complete support and lifetime updates we suggest you to buy the professional version, which will cost $197.
If you buy the professional plan that we talked about then you can use this framework in unlimited WordPress sites. Thesis do not support child theme.
Free WordPress Framework
Thematic is a free WordPress framework developed by Ian Stewart. With this framework you will get 13 ready to use widgets and option of installing plugins that you like. Problem with this framework is it’s not for beginners. You have to read its codes to understand the framework. However, they have child themes at a very affordable price.
Hybrid is a very powerful WordPress framework developed by Justin Tadlock. Like thematic, this one is also required you to read codes if you want to use it in your site. Hybrid has a very powerful paid support forum where you can address all of your requirements. You can download some of its free child theme to get started your Blog.
There are also some more free WordPress theme frameworks like Bones, reverie, skeleton, whiteboard, Roots, presswork, foundation, Carrington, uptheme, gantry which can be used for your site development.