PROS:

  • Open-source
  • Quick & Efficient
  • Built-in Layout Builder
  • Highly extendable

CONS:

  • No built-in WooCommerce support
  • Some learning curve


RATING: 3/5

By Our Hipster Developers

Introduction to Gantry Framework

Gantry Framework is one of the best free WordPress theme frameworks due to being open source. It tries to targeted a beginner audience and includes and easy to use visual editor with drag-and-drop sections and elements.

We like Gantry because it is one of the more regularly update WordPress frameworks out there and is already growing in popularity.

TL:DR – Good and recent WordPress framework theme for the beginner and advanced user.

What we liked about Gantry Framework

Gantry offers a couple options to edit the main menu navigation style (missing in many paid and free themes) such as the mega menu whcih is commonly used.

This framework utilizes the particle system which is similar to WordPress Widgets but can also be used outside of the content management system and supports third-party widgets.

It also has an established and growing community and quality guided documentation.

What we didn’t like about Gantry Framework

Gantry is not without its limitations – one for example is that parallax animation and the option to set a background image for particular elements are missing. Section background customization is very commonly found and demanded feature for WordPress design.

If you’re looking to sell items online and require out-of-the-box store functionality, Gantry may not be the best option for you. There is no built-in support for WooCommerce and getting it to work requires requires some technical knowledge.

Hipster Conclusions

This is a flexible and feature rich open-source theme that can be fit to adapt to any project. Great for beginners to setup a clean landing page site or for advanced users to build something unique. We would avoid using this for ecommerce as other themes include this already.

Overall we LOVE open-source themes. Worth a shot if you are looking at exploring an open-source WordPress Framework.