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10 Best WordPress Theme Frameworks – A Quick Overview

WordPress theme frameworks are not those that come with a lot of frills. They are rather the slates over which you can create your own WordPress themes, drawing on the basic foundation it sets up for you. Choosing the right framework for your site will help you seize the technology advantage and approach creating a customized theme with an unprecedented clarity. WordPress, meanwhile, makes your job easier by offering you an impressive line of WordPress theme frameworks.

Genesis Framework

The Genesis Framework is a feature-laden framework that has a host of capabilities to make the process of creating WordPress themes quick and easy. That should be the reason for many pro-bloggers consider it as the best WordPress theme framework. The frames offered by Genesis have well-defined lines and its color scheme catches the attention of viewer. People new to the programmer world also find creating themes through this framework pretty easy.

Genesis Framework


Thematic Framework is an open source theme framework that has its own set of extensions, Thematic lets you extend its functionality to suit your sensibilities. The framework makes it possible to create a theme that is mobile ready. It has great SEO features and also makes available child themes. Thematic facilitates customized styling using a number of CSS editors.

wordpress theme frameworks - Tfhematic


Ultimatum encompasses everything from being a foundation for theme to offering a suite of design capabilities. This framework hands over complete control of your theme to you and a great number of tools so that you give your blog a great visual treatment.

Ultimatum Frameworks


Thesis is a widely accepted and admired theme that runs on a fuel of efficient HTML + CSS + PHP framework. Most of the bloggers really find it hard to choose between Thesis and Genesis and decide which is the best free WordPress framework. You can select from different layouts and templates and manage the design and color schemes effortlessly.

Wordpress Theme Framework

Themify Builder

Themify Builder is a framework that has gained prominence on the back of its drag & drop system. Arranging widgets and content in this framework is trouble-free task with the drag and drop feature and it also ranks high in the list of the best theme frameworks for its developer & user-friendliness. The theme also offers powerful customization along with resourceful SEO support.


Gantry- Web Platform Theme Framework

The letters in the name of this framework do translate into exquisite functionalities as well. The complicated functions are made more viable to the users by overrides that facilitate easy customization. Website owners also have a control over CSS, and inbound traffic can be increased with the search engine optimization features.

Wordpress Theme Frameworks - Grantry


Canvas happens to be one of the most customizable theme frameworks around, with room for tailoring each element as per your prerequisites. It consists of several in-built features and lets you change the typography of your website without much ado. This framework lets you use the image you desire to use and gain complete control of the layout of your blog.

Wordpress Theme Frameworks - Canvas


Another framework with highly utilizable drag & drop features, PageLines is a highly responsive framework for WordPress themes. You can choose from over 50 fonts for your articles on the blog and have the most color scheme on the blog, which can be changed as many times as you want. There are also special page control features.

Wordpress Theme Frameworks - Pagelines


This one is a Bootstrap Theme Framework. The framework focuses on flat designs and simple aesthetics. That said, however, it does not make any compromises on features, and offers a bevy of them. It consists of several extensions is responsive across several browsers, OS and devices. It also gives you a freedom to choose between liquid and fixed layout.

Wordpress Theme Frameworks - BootStart


A user-friendly theme framework, Hybrid facilitates themes that are highly responsive. The powerful CSS styling features lets you play around with the look of the site without struggling with a heap of code.

With so many newfangled theme frameworks to choose from, there is surely a lot of room to root for variety.

by Celin Smith

Celin is a technical member and associated with Custom PHP Development Company providing a great platform for Hire PHP Developers for PHP Website Solution.

29 comments… add one

  1. Nice list Celin Smith,
    Genesis and Thesis are my favorite and the most popular frameworks. These two are user friendly and can be customized easily.
    Thanks for the compilation.
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  2. Celin Smith, Bro
    Great list of WordPress Plugin.I like Genesis Framework Themes and i am planed to buy a new premium theme for my blog.very useful & well returned article bro..
    thanks for sharing
    Wish You Success

  3. Great list Celin Smith!!
    WordPress and Genesis themes is the best combination. I am personally using Genesis Framework on all my blogs !!So my vote goes to Genesis. Have a awesome day Smith.
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  4. Very Nice Post Celin Smith On WordPress Theme Framework.. :)
    I Love Genesis and Thesis Framework…it’s Awesome Framework for WordPress sites.
    Most of all bloggers are Use Thesis and Genesis Framework..
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  5. Hi Celin,

    I’m currently using Genesis on my blog and the only known frameworks apart from the Genesis were Thesis and rtPanel. It was a pleasure finding these new frameworks. Out of all these, themify looks interesting to me. Let me try it out and see if it can be useful for me or not.

    Thank you.
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  6. Nice list Celin Smith.
    Always want to have genesis framework for my blog, but the cost factor is a lot of problem for me. Anyway i think we also need a some basic coding lessons to maintain these frameworks on our blog (what i heard from i friends).
    Anyway thanks again for the list Celin.
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  7. Hi Celin,

    You’ve compiled a great list here. I must admit that all these frameworks have their unique pros and some cons. And this wide variety is also a cause of confusion among users. They wonder which one to choose!

    By describing the main aspects of each framework, you’ve made the process of choosing one easier for them.

  8. I’m using Wordpress from past 6 months but still I was only in touch with Genesis and Thesis. It’s really nice to read about other frameworks :D

    Although I love the Genesis, it’s simple and easy to customize. Frequent updates are available and lots of child themes are available which we can use almost on every niche blogs.
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  9. I bet not so many people knew such numbers of framework existed including myself, i am used to a few though and find Genesis most suitable for my jobs. Its quite easy to customize but then maybe its time for me to test my limits and expand my knowledge, will check out some of the frameworks you listed here.
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  10. Great Post Celin Smith
    I Love Genesis and Thesis Framework :)
    it is Awesome Framework for WordPress sites and Most of all bloggers are Use Thesis and Genesis Framework..
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  11. All are clean themes Celin. Thanks for the power share! I was blessed to have my theme re-done by Amal Rafeeq a few weeks back. Good stuff ;)

    If I do need to redesign at one time or another I can bookmark this list to have a solid framework to choose from. Tremendous resource here.

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  12. Wow! I knew genesis was going to be on top of the list, that’s the theme I’m using and folks do send me message through my contact form to know the theme I’m using. I know it’s no way in any order but thesis is supposed to be the second, I’ve not heard of most themes but I’m sticking with genesis :)
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  13. Hi Smith Great list which I’m big fan of thesis and been used in all my blogs which is very easy to use.I have seen most of my fellow bloggers too using thesis hope it will dominate thanks for sharing
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  14. Hi there Celine!

    Nice and great list huh! I like it! Well Thesis and Genesis are the two frameworks I love the most. They are great and it doesn’t hassle. This could be useful to newbies and I think these two users are friendly.

    Thanks for the post! Informative! I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  15. If I could add one framework, I’ll be adding rtpanel which is one of the excellent frameworks which comes for FREE.
    In fact, rtPanel is not that famous comparing to thesis or Genesis, I think it is worth considering which is also responsive.
    Best Regards
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  16. Hello Celin,

    Thanks for sharing this post. I m only using Genesis and Thesis themes in my blog. But i really enjoyed reading about other framework. Keep on posting :)

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  17. as everyone saying. genesis is the first in all. I like it. I had not heard about most of them in the list but now wanna know about them & Try out some of them for testing. Thanks for share this nice list of frame work themes.

  18. Great Share Celin!

    Hey, it is necessary for me to know about info which have you written above because I’m going to create my new WordPress Blog, I’ve to activate Black theme on It & I liked Gantry Theme. So, I hope this Article will Help me for creating my Blog.

    Thank you Celin for sharing these Useful themes!

  19. As a matter of fact, all this theme are clean and worth trying but I initial though which one will come before Genesis but to my greatest fulling expectation, it came first on the list and I must tell you am fully convinced that those theme worth it. Very nice collection
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  20. Hi Celin Smith,
    Thanks for sharing this post about Genesis and Thesis frameworks Themes. Actually I am using free Wp themes and also thinking to use any theme from Genesis or Thesis. Which one would be good for blog looking simple??
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  21. Hi,
    Great List of the theme. I will perfer the thesis. My PERSONAL reason . but many will not like to use thesis as it is bit complicated to use. But the theme is really cool.

    Many people is using the genesis theme because it is easy to use and in customization also. Any child can do the customization if he know the CSS.

    Again i will say all the theme are really good and great List :)
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  22. Hi Celin,
    enjoyed going through you list. On my blogs I use Canvas and I have been using this theme for the past few years. Initially, it was extremely simple to use and that is why I decided to use it as I am not very technical.

    In the last year Canvas has gone through some major changes and now has become the flagship framework for Woothemes. Since, I have noticed that some of the changes make this theme a bit more complex for non techie people.

    Based on that, if I had to choose between Canvas and Genesis now, I would choose Genesis.

    Just my thoughts,
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  23. Creativo, for those wondering. No experiences, but it looks like a powerful theme. There are more and more of them cropping up, probably inspired by Genesis theme, the best-selling theme of all time. I wouldn’t consider them frameworks as such, though clearly they are versatile enough to be used on multiple projects. I see them as kind of a halfway house; not quite a framework, but more than just a theme. What does everyone else think?

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  25. Thanks for the informative post Celin.

    I did not realize there were that many framework options! I’ve only heard the of the main ones like Genesis. You’ve given me alot to think about.

    I am curious, is one easier to use, or better than the others?
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  26. Really good collections, But are these are with good SEO optimization and also with the terms and polices to get approve with google adsense ? Most of the bloggers depends on google adsense. So i am showing important to it
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  27. Genesis gets my vote every time, clean and light, loads fast and is good for SEO. The only thing I will say against it is that it’s not very good for beginners.
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  28. You’ve compiled a great list here. I must admit that all these frameworks have their unique pros and some cons. And this wide variety is also a cause of confusion among users. They wonder which one to choose! – really awsome work man
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  29. As per my personal experience, Selecting a best theme for a blog is the toughest job. I think most of you will appreciate this. Don’t you think this is the toughest ever job?
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