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WordPress frameworks sit in between your theme and WordPress, and they can best be described as a better foundation for your theme. You use this foundation to build your theme or purchase a child theme that works with that framework. The most popular example is Genesis.
Site builders are similar to Frameworks and provide drag and drop functionality when you are building a site. One of the most popular site builders is Elementor, with Divi and Beaver Builder right behind. Genesis also has Genesis Pro.
Why use a Framework or Site Builder?
Frameworks can store information about your WordPress setup, which allows you to change your theme and still keep many settings and avoid fixing as many problems. They can also help with SEO, allow rapid prototyping of websites, make managing multiple sites easier, and make WordPress more secure. They also usually include support with their purchase.
Site builders basically make rapid site-building and prototyping possible. If your business is WordPress design or if you plan to get into it, they can also allow client feedback and staging sites. Additionally, they have a lot of built-in widgets and templates, allowing you to quickly add tools like landing pages, email popups, site-wide client themes, and more.
You would use these tools if you design WordPress sites for a living, have a business with a large and sprawling site or sites, or if you have an established site that’s giving you a lot of trouble because you’ve added on bits and pieces here and there and your code is hard to maintain. If you haven’t upgraded your website in some time and are looking to do so, you might want to consider building it on a well-known framework or asking your developer to do that to save you time and money in the long run.
See a list of frameworks, site builders and them builders on our WordPress Resources page.
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