In rebuilding my site I have been brushing up on HTML5 and CSS3 and looking into the future to determine how I can best serve my clients with modern code that is also backwards compatible. In the process I stumbled upon some interesting HTML5 frameworks.
If I were to build a framework here is what I would add/want:
- 1) Responsive fluid layout options to fit any screen width. Mainly CSS
- 3) Navigation options with dropdown/flyout support. Offer Horizontal and Vertical layout options via CSS.
- 4) Support for PHP so I can reuse code modules and provide an active state to navigation
- 5) How-to documentation or links to references – The fault of many framework developers is they assume users know how to use it
- 6) Alternative layouts predefined samples for faster development – Not everyone wants a header – 2column, footer structure but there are several layouts that could be considered “normal”.
- 7) Database and CMS/editor to manage it all – but that might limit some design options and yet also opens up the framework to hacks, templating, widgets, and other shortcuts which may make the whole site more robust.
I like the G5Framework for a basic site without CMS. I will still likely use WordPress for Non-ecommerce sites that require a CMS. I need to review a couple of HTML5 templates and see if they can provide what I need and will support child template development for customization. For eCommerce I still like OSCOMMERCE or ZEN CART but will have to look into HTML5 templates. I am still not a fan of JOOMLA for the average site owner. It is great for developers.
IF you have a favorite HTML5 framework or CMS please use the comments below and let me know.
FOUND – www.switchtohtml5.com a nice create your own HTML 5 basic page.