The conversation about Wordpress and what it can do has shifted to how best to optimize it. Now the question becomes what framework should you develop your site around. If your confused let us shed some light.
Wordpress is the underlying "code/framework" that powers your site (think of it as the frame of a car). As such you should have chosen a control or optimizing "framework" (think of it as the engine). The "Engine/framework" is what we are covering here today ... the steroid induced design and development code needed to make your website truly outstanding.
This space is currently dominated by either Thesis or Genesis. Well make room for Platform Pro by Pagelines. Though they are new to frameworks they are not new to themes and are definitely worth the mention and write up.
To truly understand the power of Platform Pro check out the video (below) and better yet download a copy today!
In their words: Full Article (Pagelines) Before Platform you were left with three choices when building a site: custom-coding, wysiwyg editors, and themes. These all have their problems:
- Coding – Very technical in nature, and hard to maintain.
- Wysiwyg – Need to be built & designed primarily by the user. This costs time and often sacrifices code quality and design.
- Themes – Often require custom code and knowledge of WordPress to customize.
Platform was engineered to solve these problems by combining the best aspects of all three. It is as plug-and-play as a theme, as easy to customize as a wysiwig interface, and extremely extendable so custom code can be added in seconds.
- Plug-and-Play Sections are pre-designed pieces of web design, which can be very complex (e.g. a feature slider, navigation, carousel, etc..). All the code remains contained and managed by the section API; so all you ever see is a simple drag and drop interface and options.
- Control Sections can be toggled on or off on a page-by-page basis and add their own post-types and options. This means total control of every page on your site.
- Development Can be created and modified by designers in the Base child theme. This means designers can add or alter the drag & drop sections in seconds.
- Simple Sections add standard html markup and custom hooks (for extending functionality). This cuts down on a lot of code while giving you more functionality at the same time.