WordPress, is the best CMS platform well known for its community support, SEO functionality, wide range of plugins to enhance usability and there is no doubt about it. It is always pain & time-consuming to start a new theme from scratch (at least for non techies) and there comes the theme framework which are coded to an extent in such a way that new (child) themes can be designed over a flexible foundation and reduces the volume of work needed in creating the structure of the theme.
Theme Frameworks are built to help you learn about WordPress and makes your job as developer more easier. Today Team InfoGenra has decided to review the best of the best WordPress theme frameworks and brings you the Top 10 list of paid theme frameworks.
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List of Top 10 Premium WordPress Theme Frameworks
Thesis Theme Framework
To start with, Thesis is the lightest and the sexiest theme created by Chris Pearson (DIYThemes) and there is no doubt that Thesis is the best theme framework and is well known for its simplicity, functionality, and is the most rated and even hyped Search Engine Optimized (SEO) theme framework. Thesis is available in two variants one as personal edition which costs $87 and the other one is developer edition which costs $164. The hooks and functions provided in the theme will offer you the possible customizations and minimizes the use of the plugins.
P.S: If God has a WordPress blog, he will definitely use Thesis Theme.
Genesis Theme Framework
Highly inspired by Thesis and is equally well known for its theme SEO capabilities and after and before placement hooks. The theme is built by StudioPress (CopyBlogger Media, who was once the partner of DIYThemes (the creator of Thesis Theme) and has mugged even more additional functionality to Genesis to make it best in the competition. Genesis is heavily backed up with lots of child themes and comes with new ones every month. Genesis can be bought for as low as $59.95 for single edition and you can even get access for all StudioPress themes (including future updates) for $299.95.
Canvas Theme Framework
Canvas initially started as a theme by WooThemes and the team have later decided to convert that as theme framework and have started building each of its new theme based on Canvas. With Canvas theme framework you will be able to customize every part and element right from the options panel. Things like design, layout and typography could be set easily using the drop down boxes available in the admin options panel. If you are after a highly customizable blog, Canvas theme will cost you $70 when purchased through standard package (where you will get 2 bonus themes) and $150 for developer package (where you will get 3 bonus themes and complete PSD files will be included in this package).
Headway Theme Framework
Headway Theme framework is a straight forward theme which gives you great flexibility and freedom to design your own theme. The drag and drop layout allows you to style, customize, color and what not it allows every kind of customization with some simple clicks of your mouse and it requires 0% coding skills and to start with all you need is some great taste of visualizing the theme. The Personal edition costs you $87 and allows to power headway theme for 2 blogs that you own whereas, the Developer Edition costs you $164 and supports unlimited sites and gives you exclusive access for beta releases. With both the editions you will get all future updates of Headway for free.
iThemes Builder Framework
iTheme Builder Framework works in a drag and drop fashion similar to Headway theme framework and allows you to build your own child themes according to your convenience. iThemes is specialized for Style Manager, SEO benefits and provides you with some free child themes to start with. iThemes Builder offers 3 types of purchase options: Builder Theme – Core for $80 (where it will offer 1 year access to updates, support and 5 child themes of your choice), Builder Theme – Developer Pack for $197 (where you will have 1 year access to support and updates, exclusive access to all child themes and ability to deploy themes on client sites) and finally 1 Year All-Access Theme Pass for $387(where you get 1 year of access to updates, LoopBuddy Plugin, Multiple use licenses and access to all child themes and iThemes themes).
Platform Pro Theme Framework
Platform Pro Theme Framework is also a Drag & Drop Theme Framework like Headway & iTheme Builder but unlike them, Platform Pro commits to load websites faster and better and uses the drag and drop options to build layout, typography, design-control and many more and looks very elegant and simple and is a widely used WordPress CMS theme. Platform Pro costs you $95 for Theme Framework and costs you $175 for Theme Framework(developer edition), Vectors & bbpress forum package.
Catalyst Theme Framework
Catalyst Theme Framework is a perfect suit for those who wish to showcase their coding skills and it is not a typical WordPress Theme. Catalyst theme offers you with more elements to design your website/blog and gives you the power and flexibility to make your blog a unique one as it has over 800 custom options to choose from. Catalyst Theme Framework will cost you $97 for personal edition and $174 for developer edition (Both editions will give access to Catalyst Theme, the Dynamik Child Theme & 22 Dynamik Skins).
Gantry Theme Framework
Gantry Theme Framework is offered for free by RocketTheme and the key features of the theme include 960 Grid System areas, most advanced Admin interface, Advanced SEO Options and 36 possible layout combinations and besides, it supports iPhone and iPod Touch custom theme support and many more features are included in the list (you can check out the complete features at Gantry-framework.org). The reason to include Gantry in premium theme is because RocketTheme builds each and every skin for WordPress based on Gantry Framework. You can check out Gantry Theme Framework Skins/Child Themes at RocketThemes.
Elemental Theme Framework
Elemental Theme Framework is a simple, clean & powerful blog framework which is built to offer you power packed options like customizable layouts, typography, navigation, widgets, page templates and is available for $59.99 for basic edition (which is valid for 1 website and offers lifetime updates) and $149.99 for developer edition (which is valid for 5 website and offers lifetime updates, PSD/PNG files).
Xtreme One Theme Framework
Xtreme One is the most flexible WordPress Theme Framework where you will be able to create your own website according to your own desire and can start building it in a matter of minutes with just a few clicks. Besides, Xtreme One allows and offers fixed, fluid and flexible layouts, is search engine friendly and suits well for WordPress conform. Xtreme One costs you $79.95 and additional skins can be purchased for $19.95. (as if now there are 5 child themes available for Xtreme One)
RichWP Theme Framework
RichWP Theme Framework is built as one of the fastest theme frameworks and is based on caching system and offers you 100% unique and professional solutions with its child themes. RichWP network builds all its skins on RichWP Theme Framework. Right now, it offers customized theme solutions for Blogs, Corporation, Magazine, Visual, Business, Galleries, Affiliate & Photo platforms and besides, it has even more child themes in its showcase. RichWP Theme Framework will cost you $127 which includes framework, lifetime updates & design preset starter pack.