Top Open-Source Frameworks for
WordPress Plugin & Theme Developers

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A starter theme with a modern front-end development workflow.

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Lean starter theme.

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A standardized, object-oriented foundation for building plugins.

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Theme templating using Twig.

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Easy way to require and recommend plugins.

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Extensible options framework.

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Powerful custom fields generator.

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Customizer abstraction toolkit for theme developers.

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Drag & drop page theme builder, options, customizer and extensions.

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Standardised approach to building plugins.

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Custom content types and fields.

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Theme development toolbox.

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A robust code template for creating a standards-compliant WordPress plugin.

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Agile theme development framework.

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Modern MVC powered, Laravel-ish, for building custom components.

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Admin pages, options, meta boxes, and theme customizer options with a few lines of code.

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Toolkit for custom field types.

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A lightweight options framework.

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Theme options framework.

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Meta box framework built on Backbone.js and Underscore.js.

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Easy to use WYSISYG theme framework.

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_child is a child theme boilerplate.

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Advanced Starter theme.

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Adding a full featured options panel in themes.

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Customizer boilerplate for plugins and themes (currently a theme based features implementation).

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Analytics, monetization and marketing automation.

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A theme framework for writing templates with Dust.js templating engine and separate data models.

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Rapid development framework.

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Customizer controls and settings for faster customizer experience.

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Modular, extendable, composer powered plugin & theme framework.

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Comprehensive framework for settings screens.

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Custom post types, custom taxonomies and custom fields.

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Comprehensive framework for post types and taxonomies with meta UI.

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Toolkit for building metaboxes, custom fields, and forms.

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A custom meta boxes and custom fields toolset.