We were just talking about this at a recent WordPress meetup. Some of the most popular themes – Divi, GeneratePress – are increasingly behaving like frameworks.
IMO it’s an appealing solution for DIYers, agencies, and freelancers. Get comfy with a theme you trust and remix it for every project you take on.
It’s the same thing that made Genesis so appealing back in the day. But now you don’t need to fire up a child theme, with all that PHP and CSS and JS. Instead you just roll out a starter template and tweak away with your favourite page builder.
So… WDYT? Are starter templates, like what Astra just released, a good thing?