Building a WordPress theme from scratch is a lot of work, and unless you are a developer, chances are you are getting a ready-made theme for your site. To make it easier for end users to create their own theme, many developers created theme frameworks which allow users to create nice functional themes with consistency and speed and without messing with the code. Unyson is one such theme framework with a drag and drop feature and some interesting feature sets and extensions.
Page Builder with Drag and Drop Support
Building visually appealing pages in WordPress is never an easy task. With Unyson’s visual drag and drop page builder, you can easily create your own fully customized page within minutes. The page builder itself contains a lot of elements like buttons, icons, tabs, sliders, layout options, media shortcodes, etc.
Page building aside, customizing and controlling front end parts of your website like colors, backgrounds, fonts, headings, sidebar, etc., is a breeze while you are using Unyson framework. The good thing about Unyson’s styling part is that you can easily add your own css for advanced customizations. Any changes you made show up in real time, so you can fine tune your code easily.
Built-in BackUp and Restore Feature
It is an unwritten rule that every WordPress user should always have regular backups with no exceptions. With that in mind, every WordPress user uses some sort of free or premium backup plugin or service. Unyson is no different; it lets you create your own full backups with a single click, and if you want, you can also create a schedule for automated backups. You can also download and restore the said backup with just a click of your mouse. Of course, Unyson lacks other extra features like uploading the backups to external services like Amazon S3 or Dropbox, but it is more than sufficient for regular users who just want simple backups.
Some other features in Unyson include advanced search engine optimization, portfolio management, sliders, mega menus, sidebar widgets, icon sets for menus, breadcrumbs, etc. These modules usually are available as plugins, so it is good that they bundled them into the framework.
It won’t be useful if it doesn’t come with any documentation. The good thing is that Unyson comes with a full online documentation where you can refer to master and customize it.
Unyson is relatively new and for a free WordPress framework, it delivers what it promises. But, I would personally like to see some quick official how-to guides on creating or building sites using Unyson as it is a bit difficult for any beginner to get around. Besides that, Unyson is a perfect choice if you want to create professional grade WordPress themes. So go ahead and give it a try. After all, it is free and open source.
Hopefully that helps, and do share your thoughts on this new free drag and drop WordPress framework.