Hybrid Core

Hybrid Core is a WordPress theme development framework for creating solid parent themes. It allows theme developers to forget about all the complex functionality and dive straight into coding their theme’s HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

The purpose of Hybrid Core is to have a solid PHP code base for theme developers to build from. It is a modular framework that allows the developer to pick and choose commonly-used features in themes.

If building custom themes on top of a true framework interests you, please read the more-detailed explanation of Hybrid Core.

The Hybrid Core framework is not a WordPress theme. You cannot install it into WordPress and expect it to work. It is a development framework for building custom themes. If you’re looking for a theme that you install, head on over to the themes page.

Framework Features

Hybrid Core was developed as a set of modular PHP scripts to aid in the development of WordPress themes. It allows themes developers to pick and choose the features that they want to use. The following represents only a fraction of the features and extensions available.

Breadcrumb Trail

A breadcrumbs script that works on any type of page WordPress throws at it, even custom post types and taxonomies.

Cleaner Gallery

A cleaner version of the [gallery] shortcode that fixes the invalid HTML and provides full control over gallery design.

Loop Pagination

Creates paginated links for blog, search, and archive pages that look more beautiful than the standard previous/next links.

Theme Layouts

A feature that allows you to create multiple layouts as well as provide per-post (any post type) control over the layout.

Get the Image

Featured images on steroids. This script works alongside WordPress' featured images and provides many extra options.

Theme Settings

An settings extension built on top of the WordPress Settings API that creates a slick UI with meta boxes.


Hybrid Core was built with translating in mind. Plus, it auto-loads translations for both the parent and child themes.

Drop-down Menus

The framework is pre-packaged with the Superfish jQuery plugin as well as base CSS to handle drop-downs.

Post Templates

A feature that allows you to create and use custom templates for any post type. You're not just limited to page templates anymore.