Overview of WordPress Theme Frameworks – the 2014 Edition

WordPress Theme Frameworks 2014

It is almost two years ago that I published Taking Stock on WordPress Theme Frameworks. Time for an update. Especially since “overhaul” might be a better word, than update.

The first edition included all WordPress related frameworks that I came across. Whether the product was still actively maintained, or that the development had been already ceased; it was included in the very first stock taking. With, of course, a remark concerning the status of the project.

For this overview, I decided to limit myself to products that meet the following requirements:

  1. actual WordPress Theme Frameworks
  2. available as an independent product
  3. still alive and kicking

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How to Add a Widgetized Footer to StudioPress (in)SPYR 1.5+

inSPYR 1.6 ScreenLast year August, StudioPress released version 2.0 of its Genesis Framework embracing HTML5 and CSS3. Since then, StudioPress as well as other providers of child themes for the Genesis Framework have been updating their themes to take advantage of the HTML5/CSS3 innovations.

One of the themes concerned is StudioPress (in)SPYR, still one of my favorites and deployed on my (Dutch) blog wpZaken. Just as with previous editions, the current version 1.6.5 of (in)SPYR lacks a widgetized footer, however it does comes with a social footer presenting links to your profiles with Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

In the post How to Add a Widgetized Footer to the StudioPress (in)SPYR Child Theme, I show you how you can add such a footer regarding (in)SPYR version 1.2.

The folder structure and files involved have changed considerable starting the HTML5/CSS3 version 1.5. Because of that, the instructions in my earlier post are no longer valid.

In this post I will show you how you can add a widgetized footer to (in)SPYR v1.5 and up – the most current version is 1.6.5.

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WordPress Frameworks, Stylesheets (CSS) and Required Coding Skills

WordPress Frameworks and Coding KnowledgeWhen you are a returning visitor to wilwebs.com, you will know by now that I enjoy working with WordPress theme frameworks.

Such a framework allows you to create a website from scratch without the need to code.

In this post, I want to have a closer look at the words “without the need to code”.

Is it really true? Is it possible to create a website with a WordPress Theme Framework without any programming knowledge? The short answer is: Yes, however…

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How to add Color Schemes to a Genesis Child Theme created with the Dynamik Website Builder

ColorStylesWhen you have created one or more Genesis child themes with the Dynamik Website Builder, you will have noticed that these themes have only one color scheme; the default one. Of course, that is okay when you are creating a website for a project of your own, or even when it is for a customer.

However, this is a limitation when you are considering creating Genesis child themes that you would like to distribute for free – and definitely when it is your objective to sell your Genesis child themes.

Most people prefer to have a choice. Hence, they like to choose a color scheme that matches their dream site best. Fortunately, it is not difficult to add one or more color schemes to a child theme.

In this post, I will show you how this is done. As in earlier posts, I will be using the free StudioPress Sample theme, which comes one color style – blue. We will be adding a red and a green color scheme. For the rest of this post, I assume that you have already activated the Sample child theme from StudioPress.

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Create Conditional Navigation Menus with Genesis Extender or the Dynamik Website Builder

Survey or QuestionnaireA few days ago, a WordPress user new to the Genesis Framework asked me whether it is possible to display tailored secondary menus on specific pages. All pages on the website should get the same primary menu and – besides a few exceptions – the same secondary navigation menu. The exceptions should get their own specific, secondary menu.

In this post I am going to show you how this can be done by applying conditional tags. Since I am not a trained coder, I prefer to use a tool to achieve this goal. The tool that I will be using in this case is the Genesis Extender.

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