PageLines started out as a basic WordPress theme site – one of the many. But over time it focused more and more on creating one truly great theme, which you can customize highly. In the process the theme turned into a framework. One that I can truly recommend.
I first turned to PageLines when I worked on several client projects, which required me to find a great out-of-the-box design and customize it further. At that point, the typography and the minimalistic design of the PageLines themes made me decide to use them.
One of the best things, in my opinion, is that the framework itself is based on the Bootstrap framework from Twitter. That means it’s responsive by nature and, thus, looks great on all devices. That was one of the reasons why I decided to use them.
Bootstrap also comes with lots of predefined classes and styling which you can immediately use on your website (more on that here). Not only do they look good, but it further allows you to quickly create a site that you like.
The PageLines Framework offers you a lot of flexibility and customization options. For example it comes with predefined sections such as banners, boxes, call-out sections – just about everything you can imagine. And if you don’t find what you need, you can simply head over to the PageLines Store, in which additional themes, extensions, and sections are available. Do you want to customize your homepage to look completely different? Do you want to add a slider? No problem. It all comes by default with PageLines.
Throughout my months (or years) of fiddling around with the theme, I have found the support to be valuable time and again. Even though I don’t have a Plus membership, I always received quick answers, usually within 12 hours.
However, the framework does have its limitations. As far as I can judge, it is not all too easy to work with the framework when using custom content types. I know they recently added a feature which allows you to use them, but I am not sure as to how easy it really is. But this also only applies if you are using custom content types very heavily.
Further, the rich customization options makes the framework somewhat slower in terms of site speed, however, I haven’t personally verified this. And I believe this to be a concern for the A-bloggers in our rows.
Additionally, the PageLines store is rather small at the moment. But it is growing steadily.
If the above mentioned limitations, don’t concern you, then be sure to take a look at it. Even if they do, I encourage you to look at it and try it out for yourself.
I think it’s a great theme for people who know a little bit about CSS and HTML and can do some basic changes, but don’t want to get too deep into the code in order to have a good looking site.
Summary: A versatile, highly customizable framework, with an out-of-the-box design that is hard to beat. Recommended for bloggers and website owners who want the comfort of a custom design without having to code themselves.