Theme option panel is an essential part of the WordPress theme development. Theme option panel is a custom admin panel which allows users to work with the theme and change its feature and settings without touching any code. Theme option panel includes some easy theme customization options which can be easily managed and understood by the non-developers. WordPress theme Option panel can have simple option panel with handful of options as well as tons of customization features. Option panels can have tabs, toggles, drag and drops and color pickers which normal clients can use to customize their website contents. This article lists 7 best and free WordPress theme option panel frameworks.
If you want to develop your own theme option panel, then you need good knowledge of programming and WordPress API and consumes lots of time. There are many frameworks available to give your website an option panel. The frameworks are easy to install and some are even free of cost. Here are the list of some best Theme option panel framework for WordPress. You can modify and use the free option panel framework in your commercial as well as personal themes.
7 Best and Free WordPress Theme Option Panel Frameworks
1. WordPress Theme Customizer
WordPress Theme Customizer is already build right into WordPress. It is an easy and useful option panel since it is already a part of WordPress. You can make any kind of customization easily and can see the live preview of changes. Thus this WordPress theme Customizer is highly user friendly and should be the first choice of any theme developer. You can learn more about WordPress Theme Customizer.
2. Options Framework
Option framework comes in form of free plugin which you can customize using various alternatives to form your WordPress theme. Option framework also works perfectly in some of the premium themes. The framework supports variety of customization such as text box, color picker, image uploads, editor, check box, image-based radio buttons and so on. The installation is simple. All you have to do is install the plugin and define your theme option in option.php file.
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3. Redux framework
Redux allows you to test the customization in real time. It is one of the most powerful framework available with tons of powerful settings. The best thing about this is that it allows users to use as well as to extend the framework. It is build on WordPress Settings API and supports multiple field types as well as custom error handling, custom field & validation types, and import/export functionality.
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If you are making premium theme OptionTree includes some advance features that you can use. It is sponsored by ThemeForest. With OptionTree, the theme developers can provide lots of options for designers and users who use their WordPress themes.
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5. UpThemes Framework
The framework is based on setting API and uses setting customizer. It uses built in WordPress media uploader and has lots of optimization options. Uptheme also has a built-in-live theme customization feature. Installation can be done in two ways:
- Download the framework from github and paste the unzipped into your option.php
- Add framework as a sub module to your theme.
6. Titan Framework
Titan allows developers to create admin pages, meta boxes, and theme customizer option with just few lines of code. The framework is easy to use and helps in faster themes and plugin creation. Some of the feature the framework has are theme customizer, live preview integration, support of child themes and automatic CSS generation with SCSS support.
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7. Unyson Framework
It is a free framework that mainly uses drag and drop features with a bunch of built in extensions that will help developers to build themes and plugins. The framework is provided by ThemeFuse. It has various features like drag and drop page builder, sliders, mega menu, backup and demo contents and so on.
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