Why I don’t Like Theme Framework
Premium framework shows that how many influential bloggers are using their framework and using their framework , how easily they became so successful in such a sort time period.
Do you really think so ? Using only a framework can make you a successful blogger or you can achieve success over night ?
I have some serious doubt about ?
I am sure you have seen a thousand of blogs and article where bloggers are advocating about the premium theme or some sort of framework. On the other hand, here in this article I am going to write some thing different “Why you should not choose a Framework based Theme”
Here are some of my point consider at least once before choose a framework based theme
1. Load Time – A very Serious Issue
There is an inverse correlation between how fast your blog loads and how much traffic you are going to get. The faster your blog loads, the more search engine traffic you will get. The slower it loads, the less search engine traffic you will get.
Framework, Perhaps framework is the first and foremost problem in this case. Most of the frameworks are either free or premium, does not comes with some default stunning themes. So every time user has to load some sort of child Theme.
If you have ever read the wordpress documentation then you know that these child themes firstly scan your parent themes framework and than check the whole child theme framework, thus increase the un-necessary load time.
Do You know that ?
Popular bloggers who already earning big money, compensate this using CDN like MAXCDN or other CDN services.
But, If you are a small blogger like me, I am sure you don’t have enough money to spend on CDN to overcome this speed issue. Though you can compensate it little bit using a Good webhost and a caching plugin like w3Total Cache or super Cache.
2. Child Themes Design
No doubt framework enhance the overall development process but they have a very inherent problem- Child theme and these child themes are not most of the time free. Every child theme developer wants some hefty amount to customize according to your requirement.
If you want to use already customized child theme then sooner or later you will realize that a more than a few thousands websites have almost the same layout just like your, thus some time confuse your readers like in this case.
Allbloggingtips.com and learnblogtips.com have almost the same layout, since both of them are using the same framework and the same Child Theme.
3. Extra Learning Curve for Theme Framework
When LISA IRBY of 2createawebsite.com left the thesis framework after using it for more than a decade, we normal bloggers can understand the learning curve required to place all the nuts and bolts to get the desired results.
Though framework support a lot of things but you are not able to add or enhance the core very easily. They need some extra learning curve, if you want to enhance the core functionality of these framework.
Look at the core of two famous premium framework thesis and genesis and just try to enhance the basic functionality of their admin panel or just try to add some new custom fields.
If you have ever seen any such framework code before than I am sure you will think twice before experimenting with that, instead of that You would love to do the same think using the wordpress theme framework.
4. Money for Theme Framework
Money comes in this case the last. Here for the framework, you have to pay as well as for the child theme, you want to use with that framework. Some Premium Framework charge one time payment but for every new child theme , they need extra money.
I am not sure how many of you have ever feel like me for Theme framework, but I think there is always some very Good reasons to learn customization and programming. Do not hesitate to drop your idea about framework.