Best Joomla Template Framework

April 16, 2013

Joomla

joomla template framework

Imagine a webpage as a white canvas without having anything on it as of now. Like dexterous artist, Joomla developer has to use his/her talent to fill-up the empty canvas with masterly crafted strokes of creativity. Like how the brush & platter helps the master artist to give a shape to the thoughts, ‘Joomla template’ helps the developer to design the webpage that holds the content.

What is Joomla template in technical language mean?

A template is a control that manages the overall layout and its looks of a website. It works on both front end (user side) and back-end (admin side) and organizes the modules and extensions installed by the web admin. Thus a Joomla template is predefined design which integrates other tools of Joomla.

Joomla Template Framework:

Joomla template framework enables the developers to create templates as per their choice or as per clients’ preferences. Template framework is like clean slate on which developer can draw the pictures of choice by using the available parameters like dimensions, margins, colors etc.

There are many varieties of frameworks that have been developed by developers who work exclusively with Joomla technology. There is no doubt that the competition has fueled the innovation. But it is not that easy for a seasoned website developer to settle with one particular template framework as each framework address a particular technical glitch that has been ignored by another template framework like generic modules, browser compatibility or HTML 5 issues etc.

Criteria To Choose Joomla Template Framework:

Following are some of the critical aspects that must be kept in mind by the website developer while choosing template framework.

  • Layout flexibility – Easy to adjust width that accommodates the module positions nicely and aptly without causing distortion of disposition of modules in the front end.
  • Easy usage – Highly flexible user interface which is based on flawless coding. Structured coding alone can make the web developer’s life to be at ease while using the framework.
  • Stability – Can anyone ignore this aspect? Bug-free coding offers stability to any software.
  • Feature packed – In this fast faced world rich in every sense only shall prevail. Hence the framework should be able to accommodate many features like social media integration etc.
  • Mobile friendly – Without this feature, any contemporary website cannot reach maximum audience. Hence the template framework should support mobile feature as well.
  • Upgrades – As and when the original developer of template framework releases new version, it should be available to the web developer or the end user to upgrade the old version with ease.

A best template framework is the one which satisfies all the above parameters.

Top Rated Joomla Template Frameworks:

Framwork
Name
Joomla
Version
Type Positive
Points
Negative
Points
Special
Notes
JA T3(detail) 1.5 & above Free » Light & fast
» Load modules as menu items
» Multiple Layout system
» Mega menu
» Free GPL download
» Customization needs code editing
» HTML Overrides not available
» 960 grid not available
» Mobile ready
» Flexibility in setting width
Gantry(detail) 1.5 & 2.5 Free & Commercial » Plenty of module positions & layout combinations
» 960 grid layout
» Optimized code base
» Easy to use
» Social media integration missing
» Width not flexible
» Mobile ready
» HTML overrides
Warp(detail) 2.5 & 3.0 Commercial » Unlimited module variations
» Light codebase
» Sleek presentation layers
» Hassle free theme transfer between Joomla & WordPress
» No support for Google fonts
» 960 grind not available
» Supports iPhone only
Gavern Framework(detail) 1.6 & above Free & Commercial » Supports responsive web designs.
» Flexible & powerful coding
» Fast loading
» Social integration
» Cross browser support
» Limited templates
Zen Grid(detail) 1.5 & 2.5 Commercial » Feature rich
» Easy layout making
» Compressed scripting
» No support for mobile version
Helix Framework(detail) 1.5, 1.6 & 2.5 Free & Commercial » Large number of module positions
» Google fonts
» Easy customization
» Cross browser support
» No support for mobile version
Construct(detail) 2.5 & 3.0 Free & Commercial » Easy to use
» Loads fast
» Very simple functionality
» Less of special features
» Mobile support available
Morph Framework(detail) 1.5 Free & Commercial » Cross browser support
» Easy customization of themelets
» Good control through Configurator
» Bit complicated to use
» Slow loading
JV Framework(detail) 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 & 2.5 Free & Commercial » Drag & drop facility
» Fast loading
» 960 grid
» Built in SEO support
» Mobile support is limited » Mobile support
Wright Framework(detail) 1.5, 1.7 & 2.5 Free & commercial » Fast loading
» Minimalist coding
» CSS/HTML customization without altering template
» No mobile support
YJ Simple Grid(detail) 1.5, 1.7, 2.5 & 3.x Free & Commercial » Flexible layouts
» Cross browser support
» Mega menu option
» Mobile support
S5 Vertex Framework(detail) 2.5 and above Free & Commercial » Responsive layout.
» Plenty of core template positions
» Social media integration possible
» Few inconsistencies reported regarding admin panel » Mobile support
JYAML Framework(detail) 3.0+ Commercial » Flexible layout
» Responsive layout
» HTML5 enabled
» Mobile support

All of the above frameworks are the best in their own ways. They have many advantages and few disadvantages. Hence it is highly difficult to adjudge one best framework. Also, every year many new template frameworks are being developed by the new entrants. Thus, the Joomla framework field is not only crowded and heavily competitive. Users and developers can analyze the merits that best suit their needs.

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3 Responses to “Best Joomla Template Framework”

  1. Gregory Hooper Says:

    The Comparison of features is ideal. Yours is the first extensive chart I have seen. This makes my choice of frameworks much easier. Thank you.

    Your English is tricky. missing articles, eg. ‘a’ and ‘the’ in “[The/A] Template framework is like [a] clean slate” make some items sound like registered companies. (You are from India?)

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  2. Аnn Says:

    One more free and fully featured framework here

    http://ordasoft.com/ordasoft-joomla-blank-template.html

    Reply

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