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WordPress Wednesdays – Theme frameworks for WordPress

Wordpress WednesdaysAre you are someone who really wants to have complete control over the look and feel of your WordPress website, without having to learn css and html code? Consider a theme framework. This specialized type of theme typically gives you much more flexibility over the look and feel of your site than the typical WordPress themes.

As a graphic designer and programmer, I prefer to dig right into the code when creating a site. That being said, I can get really frustrated with Microsoft Word because I’d prefer to use code, and I always prefer using the HTML tab vs. the Visual tab in WordPress. However, for someone who wants added design flexibility without needing coding abilities, a theme framework could be the perfect compromise.

There are many theme frameworks available, but the one we’ve done the most work with is called ‘Atahualpa’. This free, flexible theme give you point-and-click tools to:

  • Choose the number of columns, and the width of each column on the site
  • Design the order of the items at the top of the page, including a site-wide banner, WordPress pages, WordPress categories, etc.
  • Choose your logo file, header image, etc.
  • Choose the colour for all the fonts on the site, including links, content, sidebars, etc.
  • Configure WordPress sidebars
  • Change length of post excerpts, read more links, and more
  • Choose custom settings for featured images across the site
  • and much, much more…

This theme also has a great community with a forum you can use to help with any problems you may run across.

You’ll need to dedicate some time to getting your site looking just the way you’d like. You also need to be prepared to familiarize yourself with all the option available, but for avid DIY webmasters, graphic designers, and others, this theme may be a great starting place.

When you first install the theme, take a deep breath before you activate it, and click the ‘Atahualpa Theme Options’ button, and then just work through each option systematically. There are many links available, so it can appear overwhelming, but if you just work through each one, and preview your site as you go, you get through them all.

As always, we’re always happy to help with any WordPress issues you run across, please contact us if you need any assistance.

2 Responses to WordPress Wednesdays – Theme frameworks for WordPress

  1. As a WordPress consultant, I use the Genesis Framework for all of my custom development jobs. That being said, Atahualpa is still a good choice, and it's free.

    • AWEBthatWORKS says:

      Mariano,
      Thanks for your comment, I totally agree about the Genesis Framework, but thought that Atahualpa may be a good starting place for people to get a feel for frameworks, and how they work before purchasing a paid theme.
      -Katy

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