Best Wordpress Options Framework


#1

Hey guys, I have recently starting learning some heavier wordpress development so I can start making some wordpress templates to sell on themeforest. I have come to the point where I need to create a settings page for my template & It seems to me that everyone seems to do this using pre built frameworks. I have had a look at creating them from scratch & it does seem like a lot of effort to do. So im wondering what is the most popular or recommended options framework for theme development?


#2

Alot of people use this: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/option-tree/


#3

Great post, @Thomascullen92!
I am also interested too. As now I develop only for Joomla, I hope try with some items for WP.


#4

if you have good knowledge in php , you can easy and take small time to familar with wordpress and creating admin panel.

I don’t favor for wordpress framework since it will limit your creative.


#5

There’s the Theme Customizer (which is what I use, it’s quite powerful).


#6

Thanks for the replies guys, I have decided to go with this framework. It seems to have everything I need and is fairly straight forward.


#7

I too would like to know what theme options framework developers are using.

Does anyone have a list of available theme options frameworks available? Or could some of your guys post a few of them in this thread?

It would be very useful for fellow developers.

Thanks!


#8

There is no theme framework for WP as you would expect (except Gantry and Gavern that many wp people never heard of), only options tools to build custom panels. Having your own custom panels and your own code is actually better for long term maintenance and customer support.

I use OptionTree (options building tool and makes metaboxes too damn easy), it has it’s own advantages like I’ve mentioned metaboxes, so each of them have their own advantage and also common things such as most of the field types.

Other people use Options Framework, NHP Framework or variations like SMOF or Redux, they have some visual improvements over OptionsTree or more simple options, like file upload for instance.

The best is actually the one you can get the job done, from person to person. So go out there, try them all and show us some results.

Good luck.


#9

Advanced Custom Fields + Options Page add on


#10
dnp_theme said

There is no theme framework for WP as you would expect (except Gantry and Gavern that many wp people never heard of), only options tools to build custom panels. Having your own custom panels and your own code is actually better for long term maintenance and customer support.

I use OptionTree (options building tool and makes metaboxes too damn easy), it has it’s own advantages like I’ve mentioned metaboxes, so each of them have their own advantage and also common things such as most of the field types.

Other people use Options Framework, NHP Framework or variations like SMOF or Redux, they have some visual improvements over OptionsTree or more simple options, like file upload for instance.

The best is actually the one you can get the job done, from person to person. So go out there, try them all and show us some results.

Good luck.

Thanks for the great info!

mountainthemes i’ll check that out too!


#11

I use this framework themes http://wptheming.com/options-framework-theme/


#12

Maybe a bit late, but - we’re using SMOF by Aquagraphite (Syamil) and it servers us really well. Syamil is really a good spirit of WP community … :slight_smile:


#14

Hey there, I’m a theme dev who tried all the frameowrks out there. NHP, SMOF, Option Tree, etc. None of them matched what I needed/wanted.

So, I forked NHP and SMOF, and worked with another dev to make Redux Framework 3.0. You might actually find it fits your needs better than any out there.

I made it to comply completely with ThemeForest rules and runs as a plugin.

So ya, let me know your thoughts.

Here’s the online demo: http://demo.reduxframework.com/wp-admin


#15

One more for the list…

Runway is an open source framework with the same license as WordPress. It’s designed to act as a theme development environment. We have two themes currently being sold on ThemeForest built with Runway, and another on the way.

You can check our Runway here: http://runwaywp.com/

The project is hosted on Github: https://github.com/parallelus/Runway_Framework


#16

Agree to the point that if you’re serious about development then you should device your own library, but I’ve seen developers who have made all the premium themes they sell using some frameworks, so imho it’s a good idea to start with the frameworks and once you improve start replacing it with your own one.


#17

So my only argument here is why create something that the community has already worked to master it? A number of top themes on ThemeForest use Redux. You can see that here:

http://reduxframework.com/showcase/envato.

Unless you have the time/money to invest on re-inventing the wheel, I don’t see the benefit. However, frameworks like Runaway are completely different and add new features not in the industry. We’re happy to welcome innovators.

Can’t we all just work together? :slight_smile:


#18

UNYSON Framework: http://unyson.themefuse.com/

UNYSON Demo Page: http://demo.themefuse.com/unyson/

  • Drag & Drop Page Builder
  • More Than 20 Option Types
  • Styling
  • Manage Sidebars
  • Mega Menu
  • Sliders
  • SEO
  • Portfolio Module
  • Custom Widgets

P.S. In 1-2 weeks we’ll add event, review extensions in experimental mode: https://trello.com/b/Xm9TxasH/unyson-development


#19

@LabSeven - Thank you


#20

http://vafpress.com/


#21

Redux +1