When site owners install a new WordPress theme, the first thing they want to do is to tweak its look and feel to match their branding or personal preference. And most of the time, the people who buy, download, or install WordPress themes have little or no coding experience.
So how do you, as a theme developer, enable the end users of your theme to have as much control as possible over the look and feel of their site without having to learn to code?
By creating options pages/panels, of course!
However, theme options pages are not easy to create—especially for those developers who don’t have much experience with WordPress or programming in general. Luckily, there are options frameworks.
Options frameworks are code libraries, plugins or classes that provide a solid foundation that developers can easily and quickly build upon to create and add options pages to their themes. This enables non-developers to use such panels to quickly customize the look and feel of their site, without touching code.