What Is A Theme Framework?

If you have the budget and resources to develop your own website design, theme frameworks may be for you.


Theme frameworks offer a set of standards for theme design developers to use when creating custom themes.


Simply put, frameworks are a set of features and functions that are created to aid the development process. Once a theme framework is developed, users can create a child theme to further customize.

The biggest difference between themes and frameworks is:

  • Themes – you can install immediately and utilize the functionality.
  • Frameworks – further development and customization are required.

You’re probably wondering, “how do I work with a framework?”

Frameworks come packaged within a single folder where developers place the new parent theme and load it in the framework. Once a theme framework is developed, it’s the user’s responsibility to create a child theme that includes all of their customizations.

Setting it up this way allows for both the framework and parent theme to be updated.


Advantages of Themes and Frameworks

1. Easy, simple website building.

It’s simple: themes and frameworks make for easy website building. You have access to color schemes, multipurpose themes, responsive design, drag-and-drop page builder, Google fonts, a visual composer, social media integration, and more. Plus, you can stand up landing pages in no time with the help of pre-designed pages (e.g. homepage layouts).

2. Cost effective.

Themes and frameworks can be affordable options for many brands. Many eCommerce themes are free, while others come at a small price. With all of the easy-to-use tools available to your eCommerce business, themes can save time and money spent on hiring and working with a developer to do the work. Plus, when you want to update your look, you won’t have to spend more time and money to make the changes.

3. Many options.

Looking for a design that offers the UX functionality your customers desire, but also matches your brand tone and message? Luckily, there are many theme options available.

If you plan on housing your website design and content in an eCommerce platform, BigCommerce themes and BigCommerce Stencil is a great ways to start. If you are using a CMS, e-commerce WordPress themes are another great option.

4. Automatic updates.

Building your website design with themes or frameworks ensures automatic updates, so you can stay on top of best practices for technology, modern design standards, conversion, and SEO without even thinking about it or spending time on it.


This will always be a win over custom development because nobody cares for an outdated design.

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