Top 10 WordPress Theme Frameworks Of 2018

There are multiple ways in which WordPress allows users to work on site themes. It is completely a developer’s choice to scratch the code or go for the ready-made framework of WordPress themes.

Though frameworks are great in making the entire process of designing smooth, different developers have different needs. Here we present a list of some amazing WordPress theme frameworks which you can go through for finding the best which is perfect for your individual requirements.

Cherry Framework

The first contender in our top 10 list is an open source tool featured by Bootstrap is Cherry framework By Templatemonster which was released a few months ago. Its version 4.0 has received a very positive response from developers all around the world.

It offers comfortable usage with options that let you avoid any unnecessary options which may interrupt designing. Moreover, it is loaded with some great features such as an independent module structure which helps you to work with standalone tools. Also, its multiple shortcode variation features allow adding diversified content on the website. Some other features include shortcode template editor (for custom templates), static area builder, CSS minifier, multiple plugins to add, third-party tool compatibility, and options to create multilingual sites like WPML ready.

Hybrid Core

The hybrid core was introduced by Theme Hybrid and it allows the user to build complex websites without much coding using pre-coded themes. This framework offers compatibility with schema standards for making the SEO friendly website.

Some of the features which one can get with this framework include, breadcrumb script for custom post pages. Moreover, it offers features including the cleaner gallery for fixing any invalid HTML, number pagination to make pagination links, along with tools like translation friendliness, post templates, and media grabber etc.


Gantry by Rocket Theme was designed to accommodate multiple functionalities into a single theme framework. It was developed on a responsive grid system which supports, CSS, LESS, and SCSS. Some of the features of its latest version Gantry 5 include layout manager for easy drag and drop layouts, particle system for creation and configuring blocks of content, visual menu editor for adding particles and menu icons, mega menu for advanced navigation, administrative interface for managing website backend, and twig templating system for developing themes. However, some other beautiful features of gantry include mega menu support, inheritance, off-canvas panel, and YAML configuration.


Runway is another open sourced framework by Parallelus which is meant for WordPress theme development. This tool is perfect for those developers who want to work on stand-alone themes. It also allows white label, which means having ownership of a particular theme with no 3rd party participation. Some of the necessary features of runway include child theme generator for building and customizing of themes along with duplicating.

It also allows theme option builder for creating admin pages, group themes and custom inputs with specific functionality. Its modular structure option helps to supply a framework with better functionality extensions with a single click.


The next name in our list is the open source framework Wonderflux by Jonny Albut. It is so well-coded that it helps the developer improve the efficiency. Some of the amazing key features offered by Wonderflux include CSS layout system for extra responsive custom themes for multiple screen sizes along with Flexible layout options (filter, change and remove). Moreover, it offers more than 100 hooks to embed any content with simpler Admin options. It also offers WordPress plugin compatibility, as well as valid markup options for SEO.


Unyson was developed by ThemeFuse in order to bring a highly functional framework for both user and developers. It has so many options for customization and easy editing. It also offers preview options for checking real-time errors using admin panel.

It has so many powerful features and some of them can be concluded as drag and drop builder for pages, content demo install extensions, more than 20 options to create tabs, Sidebar Module, breadcrumbs extension, easy sliders, and automatic backup options.


Presswork is based on HTM5 and CSS3 and is a free WordPress framework. It was designed to serve any kind of users varying from developers, publishers, designers and even end users. It has an amazing list of features such as front-end editor with drag-drop options, briefcase for theme functionality enhancement, media queries for scalability of themes, and PSD file options to customize the theme with graphic elements in photoshop.


It is a versatile framework by Theme Fortress developed for blog building, online brochures, CMSs, and any type of website. Actually, it can be used as an initial or parent theme for a website. Reverie comes from the home of Zurb Foundation and it inherits some features like custom WordPress functions along with hNews microformat and HTML5, it also offers options like media queries for optimization of portable devices theme. However, it is quite minimalistic with 2 custom menu and widget options. However, it provides effective styling with SCSS and Customary CSS. however, it requires separate plugins and extensions for working on SEO friendliness.


Vafpress has a dedicated toolbox for backend building of theme. It has a number of features which are not only effective but powerful for backend building such as Script load management, multiple fields to select for users like checkbox, text area etc. moreover, it allows a user to organize the fields with theme option builder. It also allows building in XML and further into PHP array conversions. Metabox builder and the group of repeating fields are two of extra features which helps in effective theme development.


Underscores is a tool which is referred to as starter theme as well as the framework by different professionals. No matter what you call it, it can be very effective in contributing to your efforts. The features of underscores are implementing custom headers, template tags, toggle drop-down menus, CSS layouts, streamlining theme building with organized CSS, and pre-defined templates for 404.

So, if you are looking to develop a website which can define the motive of the user, you can choose any of the frameworks from the above list for grabbing the opportunity to enhanced visualization. They can not only help you avoid coding stress but also helps in adding responsiveness to your website.

Ravi Sharma

Ravi Sharma is the Co-Founder & CEO of Webomaze. He is a young entrepreneur helping various businesses worldwide to have a better online presence through a great website, mobile app and strategic digital marketing. He is a traveler and loves to explore new places.

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