Last week, I have published a post titled Taking Stock on WordPress Theme Frameworks. I promised to update the article whenever I learn about new frameworks. Well, here is the first update, since I have stumbled into three more. The newly discovered WordPress frameworks are: MultiToool, NHP Theme Options Framework, and Ultimatum Theme. A brief description of these frameworks follows here below, but has also been added to the initial post.
MultiToool by Bloooming is a theme builder with a visual interface. The framework comes with two predefined skins – a minimalist-styled Zen and a colorful Sun. These skins can be used as a foundation for developing your own or you can choose to start from scratch.
MultiToool provides all tools and components you need to build your theme, like a Style Sheet Editor, Template Editor, and Droplets. The CSS Editor is accessible from every component, and shows the style definition of this particular component – comparable to Firebug’s Element Inspector. Droplets define menus, sliders and sidebars, but also headlines, tags and comment forms.
A single-site license of MultiToool is available at ThemeForest for $45.
NHP Theme Options Framework
- has a tab for each settings section
- uses that WordPress Core Settings API
- offers custom error handling
- is easily extendable
- makes it easy to customize functionality and styling
The NHP Theme Options Framework comes with many built-in validation classes, like email and date validation. The current version 1.0.3 was launched April 14, 2012. The NHP Theme Options Framework can be downloaded for free from gitbhub.
Ultimatum is a WordPress theme framework incorporating a Drag-and-Drop Layout Builder and Style Editor. According to Ultimatum it is more than a WordPress theme or framework. It positions itself as a total design suite for beginning WordPress enthusiasts, giving them total control of any aspect of the website without coding.
The Ultimatum Theme comes in three flavors:
- Starter License $65
- Developer’s License $125
- Designer’s License $170
The Starter License gives you a lifetime membership and support for one site. The Developer’s License entitles you to support for an unlimited number of sites, WordPress multisite support, and the ability to export templates. The Designer’s License adds the right to sell your templates to the Ultimatum Template Market. More details on the pricing plans are available here .