085 – The Difference Between Theme Templates and Frameworks
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The Difference Between Theme Templates and Frameworks
A theme framework is a set of conventions to use for developing WordPress [parent] themes
– These are the big ones you’ve heard about, Thesis, Genesis, Standard, Headway
– A framework is a solidly coded theme that should serve as a base for other projects.
– Standard Things in any Framework
- Bullet-Proof CSS with multiple variations
- Should be flexible enough to make nearly any layout through CSS alone.
- Make extensive use of action and filter hooks to allow for overriding functions in child themes.
- SEO ready.
- Support multiple popular plugins that need to be added within template files.
- Frameworks are best for developers to reuse and there code over and over. Reusing code is the foundation of good development practice
- Frameworks are added into the parent-theme folder
In summary: End users don’t benefit from theme frameworks, only theme devs do
– Template files are the building blocks of your WordPress site. They fit together like the pieces of a puzzle to generate the web pages on your site. Some templates (the header and footer template files for example) are used on all the web pages, while others are used only under specific conditions.
Parent vs. Child
– Nearly all WordPress themes are parent themes. Only those called child themes are not parent themes.
– Users should only ever worry about creating a child theme
– This will allow them to make modifications without losing them when the parent theme is updated.
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