Today, there are a ton of WP frameworks out there. When I first started using one, there were only 3 or 4, and I picked Hybrid. My (yearly) hybrid license expired again, so I decided to take a look around.

There are way more options now. I am not concerned with drag and drop child theme building capacity. I dont mind paying. Most important is standards compliance, HTML5, SEO, mobile version and an active community. Decent availability of child themes is a plus. We dont always have the resources/desire to build everything from scratch.

I already know Hybrid, and I am taking a like to Genesis. What are your experiences with the frameworks out there and which one would you recommend?

PS: Sorry, there is no need to cite Thesis: I have an aversion to the way it is marketed. Please dont try to convince me otherwise, ok?

closed as not constructive by Chip Bennett, kaiser, fuxia Apr 16 '12 at 17:06

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    Close-voted as not constructive: "This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.". Also, did you even try to search the site for Theme-framework related questions? – Chip Bennett Apr 16 '12 at 16:19
  • Yes, I did the search, but a good recommendation is suited to one's needs. I didnt find anyone with needs like mine that had the same question here. But I agree, it will be hard to nail an answer down for this one. – Gaia Apr 16 '12 at 16:30
  • See WordPress frameworks and parent themes for an overview. Your question doesn't have a real answer, it is a shopping question, so I have to close it. – fuxia Apr 16 '12 at 17:06
  • @toscho Maybe this question could also be turned into community wiki mode. The one you point to is eons old, relatively speaking. it doesnt mention one single HTML5 framework. – Gaia Apr 16 '12 at 18:58
  • @Gaia Then just add missing frameworks over there. I see no reason to create another, similar question that will be out of date soon too. See also meta.stackexchange.com/a/55997/145551 – fuxia Apr 16 '12 at 19:37

Please check this question. Its already contain 10+ answers about wordpress frameworks.

  • Sorry, that Q is eons old, relatively speaking. it doesnt mention one single HTML5 framework. – Gaia Apr 16 '12 at 19:00

I created my own mini framework which is basically child theme of the standard TwentyTen theme. Most of the frameworks are too complicated - they use specific shortcodes and other things that may lock you in.

Playing with child theme will make you really learn something useful that can be applied to any theme.

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