Framework BasicsFrameworks, in most cases, have the capacity to be outfitted with several different themes. The themes are called child themes. When you buy Wordpress premium themes from professional designers, they are usually sold with the framework. In some cases, you may be able to purchase child themes for a framework that you purchased with a different theme for a lower price, sometimes not.
The framework adds a lot more options to the administration menus that power WordPress sites. Instead of just being able to take care of the simple tasks that are available from the admin panel on the default theme, a good framework allows you to change the layout of the theme, change the search engine optimization options, to apply different page templates, to change the entire stylesheet associated with the theme and more.
Using a FrameworkFrameworks provide a tool that can be as useful for very experienced and professional designers as they are to amateur designers. In the former case, frameworks allow designers to make very detailed changes to sites without having to deal with the source code. This is a much faster process than coding by hand or by using most WYSIWYG design tools. It also promotes consistency, ensures that the compliance of the code is preserved and can bring down the cost of having a site designed for a client.
For amateurs, a framework provides a way to interact with your site that is empowering and that allows you to make changes that may otherwise be beyond your abilities. For example, frameworks oftentimes allow you to change the style associated with the website, which would require you to alter the CSS source code if you were to do it manually. With a good framework, you can generally change most of the layout, style and other aesthetic options for any theme easily and with no technical knowledge whatsoever.
One of the most significant reasons that people use frameworks, which has already been touched upon a bit, has to do with the source code. The standards for source code are set by the World Wide Web Consortium. Sites that conform to the standards of this organization in terms of their source code will display correctly in the widest possible variety of web browsers. Making sure that websites are compliant with standards, in fact, is a basic part of the service that any professional designer provides. When users employ a framework and a theme to build their website, they can be assured that the code is up to standards, something that is backed up by the designer, provided it's a premium WordPress theme.
Frameworks can be thought of as the very skeleton of a website. With a good theme laid over them, the user can quickly and easily make changes to customize the look of their site, take advantage of advanced features such as custom post categories and easy to change search engine optimization and typography options, among many others and perform any other complicated tasks in an efficient manner. As content management systems have come to dominate web design, frameworks and themes have become very important to designers. They also liberate small businesses from having to hire a professional designer, which can make having a great website an affordable option for them.