If you’re looking to start a website (whether it be for personal use, professional use, a blog, an online store, etc.), the gold standard for managing all of your content is WordPress; it makes running a website as simple as can be while allowing for infinite possibilities where expansion and features are concerned.
“WordPress started as a simple blogging system, but has evolved to be a full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. WordPress is limited only by your imagination (and tech chops).”
There’s only one problem – the look of a standard WordPress install is the same for everyone who installs it – and that’s where themes and frameworks come in.
Themes vs. Frameworks
A theme is a design or look for your website that takes advantage of the core technology a standard WordPress install has to offer. It is better than the default theme WordPress comes with because it provides a more unique look. However, hundreds, even thousands of people can install the same theme; so it’s still not as unique as it could be.
A framework is like a theme on steroids. It allows the developer to design around the themes core and provides advanced features and functions. This allows for a completely customized look and a unique functionality.