WordPress theme frameworks are a custom display option that runs on the current WordPress publishing platform. WordPress would be considered a Content Management System (CMS) for the themes to apply a website template that will run in unison with the CMS.
This helps webmaster’s and website owners to use and configure the structure and look of their site without touching the underlying code base of the CMS. The design options consuming the look and display of the site are easier to control from the theme’s admin controls.
Most normal users of themes will not have the knowledge to change or alter the underlying HTML, PHP, jQuery, Java and MySQL programming code that makes the website function on the internet. Plugin’s are available to add special features to the website that will cover almost any desired option or customization a site owner might need.
The choices of theme frameworks are too many to be discussed here. A quick listing of some of the more popular in no particular order would be; Genesis, Thesis, Woo, Headway, Frugal, and Catalyst. All of the listed theme frameworks offer detailed instructions and forums with knowledgeable users and administrators. Improvements and updates are constantly being made to these frameworks in their own right and as the WordPress CMS platform and security expands, so will the better frameworks.
Be aware of free templates, the lack of updates, possible black hat coding issues and simple control can be a downside. Check the reviews for any theme framework you are considering. Have the people who are using it satisfied with its results? Make sure you are not reading the review of an affiliate for the theme; you want an unbiased review from an actual user. Check out the forum for the theme to see if there are a lot of problems and how fast the questions are getting answered.
Choose and plan your site wisely. It is better to get the details down at the start to help make your marketing effort as easy as possible. The best theme framework is one you can alter and fit to your specific needs while still being easy to change as needed. You will need all the extra time you can find to add content for your visitors later, not working on the framework to keep your site online.