Many theme frameworks are available from a variety of sources. Here's a look at a few of the more popular theme frameworks.
The Theme Hybrid framework (see Figure 7-1) features 15 custom page templates and 8 widget-ready areas. Additionally, six child themes are available from the Theme Hybrid Web site at http://themehybrid.com. Theme Hybrid also supports a series of add-on plugins that are specific to this theme. These add-ons include such features as a Tabs plugin, Hooks plugin, and Page Template packs. The Hooks plugin in particular can be very handy for developers who are unfamiliar with PHP programming because it provides you with a graphical interface to latch into hooks, which we explore later in this chapter.
The Carrington theme's developers set out to create a framework that would allow them to stop re-creating the same key features every time they needed to make an advanced WordPress theme. (See Figure 7-2.) By doing this for themselves, they created a tool that others can now ...