WP Paintbrush is a free user friendly HTML5 powered WordPress theme that comes with it’s own powerful front-page editor. In most respects it can be considered as a Theme Framework though it does lack many features that most frameworks have such as the ability to save and upload layouts.
The editor is placed on top of your live website. If you close the box an ‘Open Editor’ button is placed at the bottom right of the page so that you can reopen it later. WP Paintbrush comes packaged with three designs: Twenty Eleven, Coraline and Enterprise. More free designs are promised in the future though.
You can modify almost every aspect of your design through the post editor such as headings, lists, colours, fonts, sizes etc. You can also set your logo, switch the search box on and off and customise your header, footer and sidebar.
One of the great things about the editor is the ability to see changes in real time. For example, when you change the X-Coordinate of the header you will see it move from left to right. Likewise, colours are updated automatically on your live site. All you have to do afterwards is publish your changes.
In addition to the 3 included designs, WP Paintbrush also comes with a basic layout editor. It allows you to rearrange your header, footer, menu, content area and sidebars using drag and drop.
It’s currently still in beta development so we should see some new features in WP Paintbrush in the future. Even though it’s not the finished article, I still believe many WordPress users will love the simplicity and user-friendliness of WP Paintbrush. It’s potential to work with existing WordPress designs will certainly give it the edge over many other options.
Those of you are looking for a user friendly framework should give it a try.
Link: WP Paintbrush