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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Discovering Popular Frameworks

Many theme frameworks are available from a variety of sources. Here's a look at a few of the more popular theme frameworks.

Theme Hybrid

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.

Theme Hybrid, its child themes, and all its add-on plugins are available free. You can download them from http://themehybrid.com or from WordPress Extend at http://wordpress.org/extend.

Key features:

  • Theme Options menu
  • Supports child themes
  • Add-on plugins extend functionality

Figure 7-1: A home page with a new installation of Theme Hybrid.

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Carrington

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 ...

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