Create your Mona Lisa with Solostream’s new WordPress theme framework, WP-DaVinci

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Solostream, providers of over twenty different WordPress themes, has released a new WordPress theme framework they are calling WP-DaVinci.

WordPress theme frameworks are nothing new, and Solostream recognizes that this is only the first step in the development of a serious theme framework. Michael Pollock, the marketing and product development lead at Solostream, said:

…[T]his is our first attempt at a theme framework, and we’re clear we have some work to do before WP-DaVinci can be considered a full-fledged theme framework. In the meantime, we want to get it into the hands of folks like you, and get some feedback on it as we continue to develop it over the coming months.

This new framework touts a number of features, including:

  • Multiple page layouts
  • Featured content options
  • Banner ad management
  • Four built-in styles

WP-DaVinci is available starting at $79, though developers will likely be interested in the $279 price for unlimited support.

Now might not be a bad time to grab a theme from Solostream. They are running a holiday 3-for-1 deal. Buy any three themes for 67% off the total price when you use the discount code “happyholidays”.

We do, of course, have a copy of WP-DaVinci to give away in the comments. Would you give WP-DaVinci a shot? What do you think can be done in the theme framework space now? We’ll give the theme to the most engaging commenter.

3 thoughts on “Create your Mona Lisa with Solostream’s new WordPress theme framework, WP-DaVinci

  1. I’ve been “shopping around” for WP theme frameworks recently. I’ve spent most of my time looking at the free frameworks like Hybrid and Thematic.

    As a freelance designer I’ve found it helpful to be able to combine child themes with established frameworks so that I can spend more time getting the details right and less time wading through PHP code. I think that the ideal theme framework for reselling would include very basic CSS (easy to add on top of rather than replace), plenty of class declarations, good documentation for things like menus, custom post-types, etc, and good community support (free) and premium support for when things get tricky. If WP-DaVinci can offer these things I would definitely give it a try.

  2. Would you give WP-DaVinci a shot? What do you think can be done in the theme framework space now?

    Good question; I’ve worked with a number of frameworks over the years (current fav: WooThemes’ Canvas), and I think it depends on whether the developers are creating for designers, or for the end customer. Here’s why, imho:

    A lot of these “frameworks” are bloated with tons of admin-menu-level features that are great for the DIY user, but lame for designers (yeah, Thesis, I’m looking at you). As a designer, I’d much rather be given some simple admin-menu-level options to switch some things on and off, perhaps, but really have a very flexible and feature-rich theme on the level of the pre-coded functions and theme hooks. It’d make the child theme development process so much smoother, future upgrades a snap, etc. (A guy can dream, can’t he?)

    So, to answer your first question, I think it depends on who Solostream was designing for. And to know that, I’d have to play around with it, peek under the hood, etc. – and hey, if I win the free copy, I just might get the chance! (And yes, I promise to report back if I’m the lucky winner.)

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