Last Monday, I wrote the post Comparing Plans & Pricings of WordPress Theme Frameworks, where I compare eleven theme frameworks that I might want to try. My ultimate goal is to find a framework that makes it easy for me – as a non-geek – to create a WordPress website from scratch. Well, that list is no longer complete.
Yesterday, a new WordPress Theme Framework has emerged; Dynamik Website Builder for Genesis. The Dynamik Theme has been developed by the creators of the Catalyst WordPress Framework – which by the way is included in the earlier mentioned eleven frameworks.
Basically, Dynamik Website Builder is a Genesis child theme incorporating a lot of development controls from the Catalyst framework. So what is it now? Is it a framework or is it a child theme?
Although it has been build upon the Genesis Framework, I think we call Dynamik a framework too.
Upon activation, the front-end looks very much like the Blank child theme that comes with the Genesis Framework. This child theme is suitable for a clean blog, maybe for a minimalist online magazine, but definitely not for a business or a portfolio website.
However, it is possible to build any kind of website with the Dynamik Website Builder. Hence, Dynamik is much more versatile than a child theme usually is.
Let us also take into account that the Dynamik Website Builder extends the Genesis Theme Options Panel with three pages:
- Dynamik Settings
- Dynamik Design
- Dynamik Custom
Those of you who have ever seen the back-end of the Catalyst Theme Framework will probably notice the similarities between the Dynamik Theme Settings page and the Catalyst Core Options page. Again signs that the Dynamik Website Builder is not just an ordinary child theme.
In addition, the 800 No-Coding Design Options injected from the Catalyst framework into the Dynamik Website Builder make it a very powerful, yet easy to use, web creation tool. A design tool suitable for peeps like me, who are looking for means to create websites from scratch – without (much) coding.
So despite the blur, I think we can consider the Dynamik Website Builder a WordPress Theme Framework. This also implies that I will add it to my list of WordPress Theme Frameworks that I want to try.
Consequently, I will update the post from last Monday; I will add Dynamik to the framework table, and I will include some brief specifics about the Dynamik Website Builder as well.
Please keep in mind that you will need the Genesis Framework in order to work with Dynamik. The Genesis Framework is packed with a Blank child theme, ready to roll.