The tech topic du jour on the chloédigital blog today is no other than frameworks!
Frameworks, you ask? What are these?
Simply put, frameworks are a basic code library used to facilitate the development of a theme, laying the foundations of it. This way a user can focus on customizing their site through a child theme and its framework-given options rather than programming from scratch.
There are many contrasting opinions about the use of WordPress frameworks, and we’re here to break them down for you and erase the doubts surrounding their effect on a site’s daily running.
While some users find Frameworks the solution to their tech limitations, others believe they should never be used…and well, both of them are right! As usual, it depends on your blogging needs and long-term goals for your site.
In today’s post we are demystifying WordPress frameworks and what it really means to have one in order to help you make an educated decision before you settle for either option on your site. Let’s go through their pros and cons then!
PRO: EFFICIENCY AND FASTER CREATION TIME
As a multi-tasking style publisher you might have a limited amount of time to fully get yourself involved in tech. And this is where frameworks come in the picture. They are very user-friendly and efficient, and come with more built-in functionality than most other themes. The fixed amount of possibilities to choose from will make it easier for you as a publisher to build your own website, speeding up the whole process and creation time without needing professional help (or to become a WordPress pro yourself).
PRO: USER-FRIENDLY FLEXIBILITY
Another great quality of frameworks is that they offer publishers an easy way of choosing amongst their options. Frameworks are created in order to fulfill most users’ basic necessities, making them flexible to adapt to several types of blogs. Frameworks already include the most needed functionalities, so depending on the content of your site you’ll be able to easily choose the framework that offers the best features for your blog.
CON: DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY LIMITATIONS
Though pretty useful tools, WordPress frameworks aren’t flawless and they come with a number of cons as well. The main flaw is their design and functionality limitations. Despite coming with lots of built-in functionalities, if you want to change or customise your blog in a way the framework is not coded to, there are some serious limitations, either if you do it by yourself or with the help of a tech team. This is why you need to lay down your needs very carefully upfront and then choose the framework that best fulfills them.
If you’re not very tech savvy and you want to launch your business as soon as possible, frameworks can be a good short-term solution. However, looking to the long-term they might not be as practical as the more you work on your blog, the more updates and customizations you will want to implement, with the framework’s design limitations becoming a major obstacle.
CON: LEARNING CURVE
There are tons of frameworks available and each of them works differently and comes with their unique sets of filters, functions and hooks. Essentially, if you really want to make sure you get the best out of the framework you chose, you need to learn to think like the framework’s creator wants you to think when using it, and this could be completely opposite to your natural inclination! Everything, from menus to page building, changes from framework to framework and you won’t be able to experience the pros until you really get your head around it. And this might be quite time-consuming…
Though there are some free WordPress frameworks available, the most popular ones and the ones with the best features do cost some money. Sometimes you might even have to pay extra to receive updates and support, so you better make sure that everything fits in your budget and if it doesn’t you need to establish what your main priorities are.
WordPress frameworks are a useful and also popular tool for bloggers when it comes to site development. But as with every other thing, there are also several downsides to them. There isn’t one general answer to whether you should indulge in the use of frameworks or not: weigh out your decision carefully thinking about your specific needs, and if in doubt ask for second opinions and seek a professional’s advice.
Are you a chloédigital publisher? Take action with this post by asking your support specialist for guidance on WordPress frameworks.