When I wrote the first code for this site back in June 2008, I had a small idea of what I eventually wanted to accomplish and release for free into the wild. I wanted to release a WordPress theme framework.
I wasn’t 100% sure what that meant at the time, and it took me a long while to realize what direction to go in. Nearly one year ago, I announced that I would release something called the Hybrid Core framework, which would allow developers to create their own parent themes. Well, it’s a little late, but I think it’ll be well worth the wait.
Introducing Hybrid Core
Version 1.0 of the Hybrid Core framework is ready.
Hybrid Core is a development framework for creating WordPress parent themes. It is not a WordPress theme. It’s a set of conventions and PHP scripts for handling common, complex functionality within themes.
The framework takes an extremely modular approach. When creating themes, you only have to use the features that you want to use. It allows you to mix and match components to suit your project’s needs.
The code is a set of scripts that I’ve been building for several years and plan to continue building upon for even more years to come. They’ve already made my development much easier and quicker. I simply want to share what I’ve worked on with other theme developers.
Even though this is version “1.0,” it’s not the first version. Version 0.1 was the first, so this thing has went through a lot of changes in 2+ years. Version 1.0 just happened to coincide with the official, public release for this thing.
Who is the framework for?
If you’re an end user, this framework wasn’t built for you. You’re certainly welcome to use it, but you may find it tough if you’re not familiar with creating WordPress themes.
This framework is also for people who are tired of trying to hack a single “theme framework” to bits via a
functions.php file just to make simple changes. It’s for people that are tired of the misuse and misunderstanding of parent/child themes in the WordPress community.
How to get a copy of the framework
Like WordPress, Hybrid Core is completely free and open source. It is licensed under version 2 of the GPL. You’re free to use it for creating publicly-available themes on the WordPress theme repository, client projects, or even building an entire theme business like Theme Hybrid. As long as you follow the license, you’re free to use, modify, and distribute it in any way you want.
You can download the latest copy of the framework from the Hybrid Core page.
I hope you enjoy this release. As always, stop by the support forums if you need help.