What is a WordPress framework?

We’re always hearing here and there about WordPress frameworks. For WordPress specialists, there’s nothing unusual but for people who have nothing to do with the technical side it’s a big question mark that stands up all the time.

The WordPress world is so big and makes you think you won’t ever have enough time to learn everything.

Frameworks and child themes are related. Do you know what a child theme is? No? Okay then!

Let’s start with the beginning!

What is a WordPress framework?

A WordPress framework is one of the loyal friends of a developer. It is actually a parent theme that keeps all the main code secure. What does it mean? It means that all the functionality of a theme stays in a framework. When you’re starting a new theme, all the code that is about to repeat can be sketched with the framework.

A framework is, in just a few words, the skeleton of a theme. Or the heart of a theme, which keeps it alive and working well. Based on it you can create a more feature-rich one and decorate it in a more fancy fashion. Also, a framework is a library that keeps all your initial code secure. So you can change everything you need to create a new theme – starting with the framework – without worrying that you could lose all the main code.

So this is how child themes are born. A child theme is therefore the theme that takes roots from a framework. It keeps its functionality but you can change all you want and design it differently, without affecting the parent’s characteristics.

Why you should use a WordPress framework?

Frameworks are good at speeding up the development. This is possible because you don’t have to code everything by yourself, as they come with lots of built-in tools and customization options. Instead of creating a new theme from scratch, you can use the framework to create a child theme. And this process can be very simple.

What are the pros and the cons of a framework?

Pros

  • Helps you develop themes quicker and easier – it’s a start point in building a theme.
  • You can benefit of a very good support because there are many people involved with creating a framework.
  • You can update it without affecting the child themes created from that specific framework.
  • Frameworks come with built-in functionality. For instance, widgets.
  • They usually come with a high-quality code.

Cons

  • We talked above about built-in functionality. Sometimes, the frameworks come with too many built-in tools that you may not use. Hence, they have unnecessary code.
  • Learning how a framework works, it could take a while. Each framework has its own code and functionality and that’s why you should familiarize yourself with its elements. Building your first child themes could take you more time than usual.
  • You must pay for them or for their updates and support. And this can happen often.
  • Sometimes, a framework has limitations. It means that when you want to add something very original or a personalized thing you must enter its core files and make the changes that allow you to use that specific thing in the future.

Using a framework is not a must-have but it can bring you some extra-benefits. It’s up to you to decide if it can improve your work with much or you can just create themes without its help. But if you’re a lazy person that mostly waits for things to get done by themselves, then a framework would help. It won’t make all the things alone, but surely will reduce an important time for you. It just requires some money to have it.

In life, you need to pay to stay in front of the pack!

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