How to Create a Theme Options Panel in WordPress Premium Theme

Theme Options Panel

Every premium WordPress themes have a theme options panel to make the theme customization process easier and straightforward. For this extra options panel, a simple theme turned into a premium theme. If a developer builds an options panel from scratch it may take a huge time.

So how they are creating an options panel for their themes? They usually use option panel frameworks. It is a perfect solution to reduce the workload for building an options panel for a theme. And trust me, these frameworks will save a lot of hours and effort.

Recently, I do some research to find out the best answer to use the theme options framework for my new WordPress theme. And here, I am going to share a handful of frameworks that used to build premium themes or plugins.

1. Options tree:

A free plugin used by a lot of people. Themeforest.com partly sponsors this framework and comes with a lot of interesting settings including a color picker, slider, category box, and more. Options tree is currently a part of the Redux Framework.

2. WordPress Theme Customization API:

It’s actually a built-in options panel framework for WordPress. it was included with WordPress from version 3.4. Using this API, you can lively preview the change before saving any settings. You do not need to install any extra plugin or API, but you can make almost anything including modifying the name, tagline, font, font color even logo and background color. If you want to learn the best usage of this API, then check out its documentation and developing process.

3. Redux Framework:

A well-documented Option Panel Framework that can use both as a plugin or built-in option for any themes or plugins. The main advantage of the Redux framework is a powerful post metaclass that enables you to include meta options to your post or page even to the built-in theme customizer support. It is one of the powerful theme options frameworks on the web that is managed by Developers. Besides the free version, you can get plenty of premium add-on’s and more to enhance the functionality of a theme.

4. Options Framework:

A dedicated plugin to add some excellent theme options including a color picker, text boxes, image uploader, and typography. This option Framework is ideal for minimal themes to define the correct option by option.php. Set your options first in the option.php file and install the plugin to show them perfectly. If you have any confusion, just check out their Blueprint to start your journey.

5. Upthemes Framework:

Another awesome framework to add versatile options to your theme. This framework uses a built-in media uploader and a very secure and lightweight plugin to add functionality. There are two ways to use this framework, either paste the content after downloading from Github or using it as a submodule.  The second way is more reliable because it is updating automatically.  It comes with a lot of theme customization options including layout change, fonts, colors, and more. Plus you can preview your changes before finally saving it. Follow the guide to easing the installation process.