WordPress Medic Podcast Episode 10 WordPress Tips & Tricks
It’s episode #10 WordPress Medic podcast… I am discussing why I steer folks away from theme frameworks like Whootheme and Thesis…. and other word Press Tips & Tricks coming your way next on WordPress Medic Podcast
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Question from Robert about genesis themes….
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World of WordPress News and other interesting WordPress related posts:
This week we had a major plugin that was crompromised the Social media widget downloaded over 900k times One I highly recommended and may be able to again since the author maintainer has helped take care of the issue see this thread http://wordpress.org/support/topic/anyone-know-why-social-media-widget-was-removed
**WordPress Discussion & Tips by John**
This week why I think that frameworks are not your best choice for building a website in WordPress. Over the past few weeks I have been fortunate enough to be referred to many different clients in need of help to get their websites tuned up and running at optimal performance. Also to correct issues left behind by other developers. Or simply to help make changes or additions in the functionality of the website.
What I discovered has astounded me and baffled me at the same time. I have always been aware of the framework theme systems like WhooThemes and Thesis but back in the early days of my WordPress career I looked at using a framework but discovered that the user interface was too time consuming for proper development.
I discovered that these frameworks are made for the average user and regular consumer not made for developers. Why because everything you do need to be done though the user interface (UI) and having to go through the UI is very time consuming and you have to either remember where the changes are or figure out what was made where.
If you are a developer it actually take less time to go right into the CSS or the php code and make a change than through the UI.
So where are the benefits to these themes over something like Genesis theming system or what make Genesis better? The benefits as i see it for UI Frameworks vs Genesis are that they are great for users since they have a very nice interface where every almost every aspect of the design is available to them without having to know any coding.
But here is where the problem comes in when they hire a professional to make corrections to the little issues that the frameworks do not address. such as when the Responsive theme does not work correctly when the wrong size header graphic is placed in.
One thing I have noticed is that while these are great many times the client did not even use the framework to setup the site they hired a “developer” to do it for them and that person use the framework. so the user does not even know what it is all for and also I have noticed that about 90% of the time when someone either does a website or has one done they do not make any changes to the sites appearance for some time or until it becomes stale. which is often as long as 3 to 5 years.
So what are the benefits of Genesis over the UI Frameworks? Well as a developer you have complete control though the code and making a change take less time. The code is not bloated with a UI that can cause issues when WordPress itself does an update. I have discovered that the hook system in Genesis is cleaner and seems to work better that the UI’s.
When you need to integrate additional functionality into the website Genesis gets gracefully out of the way and does what's it main job is and that is to be the paint on the house not also act as the high end kitchen or the spa bathroom. While many of the UI’s try to be everything to everyone this creates many issues that have to be resolved by simply yanking out the UI and replacing with a simple theme and then adding back the functionality.
So think about what you want your website to do in the end and try to think 2 to 5 years out and what your website might become before choosing your theme that might have to be replaced when you try to add something like an events calendar, estore, advertising, or even just some new menus.
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