WordPress is a very popular blogging framework for a reason and it also powers some of the biggest and most popular sites on the internet. It is easy to use, fairly easy to customise and plugins can add a whole lot more functionality to a site without the need to know how to code. I’ve moved many clients to WordPress – from personal blogs to small business websites and I’ve built all of them using a framework. A framework is like a theme but better. It often has built in SEO features as well as a host of options to allow the non-coder to customise their site easily. Frameworks are loved by designers and developers too as it means they can easily design their own themes to suit their purpose. In this post I’m going to look at two particular frameworks – Thesis & Genesis. I have experience of working with both. Thesis and Genesis are premium frameworks meaning that you have to pay for them. There are others out there but in my opinion these two are the only ones worth having. This blog is run on Thesis. Thesis Thesis is one of the most popular frameworks out there and with good reason. It is very easy to customise and you have full control over a whole host of features including number of sidebars, sidebar width, font colours, font type, what meta information is displayed, which pages to include in a navigation menu and so much more. It is SEO optimised and includes most of the features that you get in the All in One SEO plugin. It also allows you to set features and teasers meaning that you can choose whether to display full posts or excerpts or have a mix of the two. Those with coding knowledge can customise it even further via the custom.css file or custom_function.php The great thing about this framework is there are literally 1000s of sites out there offering customisation tutorials as well as a great forum for any specific questions you may have. That’s the great thing about premium frameworks – they all include extensive support. Purchase here Genesis Genesis is another great framework and would be more suited to those who want a drastically different look without messing about with code. Like Thesis the framework is SEO optimised but unlike Thesis it doesn’t give you easy control over fonts etc. But it does offer over 40 different child themes that can alter the look of your blog easily. Child themes are installed just the same as any other theme, so either by extracting the contents and uploading via FTP or by simply installing the theme via your WordPress dashboard. The child themes can offer you anything from a business design, ultra feminine blog design, magazine style and so many more. The forum is amazing with response times very fast and Genesis create Brian Gardner offers tonnes of tutorials on his blog that are easy to follow and simplistic in nature. He’ll show you everything from adding a new widget area to setting up custom post types. Genesis also releases a lot of plugins to change or increase functionality including one for adding social media icons to your theme. I build all my client sites on Genesis. So there you have it – a little introduction to WordPress frameworks. Questions? Related Posts Freebie – 2 Free Minimalist Blogger Themes Tutorial – Adding Social Media Icons with FontAwesome Free Blogger Theme – Gray and White 2 Responses Wildthyme August 1st, 2012 Thank you This is exactly what I needed- concise and detailed. I’ll study both in a lot of detail and see which is best for me. Reply gdg1981 August 1st, 2012 Yay I’m glad you found it useful Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.