Five years ago, I was inspired to start Themify by a vision to build a tool which allows designers (like myself) to build WordPress themes without coding skills. Today, I’m proud to announce that my vision has come true. Say hello to Themify Flow, a free WordPress framework which allows you to build and customize themes without requiring any PHP or CSS coding. Everything is done within WordPress with an intuitive drag & drop interface.

What Is So Cool About Flow?

Flow has made it possible for designers, developers, and end users to create themes using frontend drag & drop interface with live preview. Flow themes are exactly like WordPress themes, in that you can activate, edit, import, export, delete, and create them from scratch. What makes Flow theme different is that you can customize the header, sidebar, footer, styling, and templates by yourself . No template editing or having to create a child theme.

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Templates

Flow uses the same logic of WordPress template system. You can create templates based on the type of page view (archive, category, tag, post, page, homepage, and even custom post types) you’d like to use. Of course with Flow, you don’t have to write those complicated PHP template tags or interact with any code whatsoever.

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Styling

For those who are no good with CSS, you will like Themify Flow’s Styling Panel. It allows you to style literally all elements with a live preview. The styling data will generate a CSS file on your server, for caching and fast page load purposes. If you have the CSS skills, design styling can be written in a child theme stylesheet.

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Performance

Most people would probably think a powerful framework like Flow must be bloated with functions and resource files (like JavaScript and stylesheets). Don’t worry, we have taken a proactive approach regarding performance concerns. Flow is built with a modular coding system, and resource files are loaded only when necessary. The template queries and the generated CSS are both cached for faster performance. Check out our demo to see its load speed.

Rasto Lamos did a complete performance analysis of Flow and commented: "Theme builders are usually heavy, taking quite a lot of server resources (memory and CPU), thus slowing down the site. Not in the Flow’s case."

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Try It Out!

Head over to ThemifyFlow.com to download Flow and try it on your WordPress. Let me know what do you think.

33 Comments

Maciej Blazejczyk
Jun 10, 2015 at 1:50 am

It looks interesting!

Ash
Jun 11, 2015 at 2:41 am

Awesome!
It will be one of great frameworks!

Arbaz
Jun 11, 2015 at 9:28 am

Looks really interesting and amazing!

Sergey Pedan
Jun 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Seems like crazy amount of work has been done, great respect! But still

Gary Smith
Jun 15, 2015 at 5:24 am

Your ideas and concept is unique and can be beneficial for many designers like me. Keep spreading your knowledge with us, it is really inspiring.

Christian M. Grube
Jun 16, 2015 at 2:39 am

Great Idea and the generated code looks good.
Well done

Sarang
Jun 17, 2015 at 6:52 am

Is the builder free for designers to use or costs?

Nick La
Jun 17, 2015 at 2:21 pm

The Flow framework is 100% free. Anyone can download and use it.

Sarang
Jun 18, 2015 at 12:48 am

Yeah, I just read about that on N. Design…
Now that’s something wonderful! I like the Flow concept.

Nick
Jun 23, 2015 at 1:48 am

There looks like a lot of thought and work has gone into this! Good Luck

Posicionamiento
Jun 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Very interesting. Regards.

Posicionamiento
Jun 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Very interesting. regards

Blackwall
Jun 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Nice effects :) But Im more worried about the browser compatibility issue. Great job.

Dharne and Co
Jun 24, 2015 at 6:20 am

Nice Effort and looks as a great idea!

Colorado Web Designer
Jun 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Is this kind of like Upfront that WPMU DEV is working on?

Gabriel Nwatarali
Jun 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Wow this is a big game changer for web designers. I have been looking for a reliable framework for WordPress in order to avoid doing it all from scratch. Thanks for this information.

Fototapety
Jun 29, 2015 at 9:59 am

Ccomparing with Visual Composer is much much faster! New functions the rather only a matter of time? Respect.

jagan
Jun 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm

the generated code looks good and great

Tina Jameson
Jun 30, 2015 at 4:09 am

The article is really great!The use of themes and templates cannot be underestimated as they introduce a huge range of opportunities to the user!

Integraff
Jun 30, 2015 at 7:52 am

Good structure & designs as well

Artsnet
Jul 1, 2015 at 3:20 am

Themify Flow is visual and easy to use tool to build WordPress theme.

jasa website
Jul 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

already check speed themify i , not bad

Litto James
Jul 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Looks really interesting and learnt new things. Thanks

Sixo
Jul 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Nothing beats coding a website for sure but excellent job on Themify Flow, when I get some free time I’m looking forward to checking it out. It definitely has a different feel then most other builders I’ve played around with.

Wilmer Mceneny
Jul 6, 2015 at 6:44 am

what a amazing!
I just bought my first Themify product (parallax theme) and love it. And then a day later there is an upgrade with a great builder included!! Color me happy.

shashwat
Jul 9, 2015 at 6:21 am

a very great effort and a great help to designers like me

Sarang
Jul 18, 2015 at 4:53 am

Nick,
I wanted to feature the Abstract Phoenix illustration and its design process on my blog. Of course, credits will be provided.

(I have also featured your work in the past! See: https://wallofwonders.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/nick-la/)

I just wanted to have permission of using the images and excerpts for this post.
It looks breathtakingly awesome.

Sam A
Jul 20, 2015 at 1:29 am

It’s nice information which helpful to me in Web Design. This one is awesome and informative blog which gives you basic idea of Website design.

Evonence
Jul 31, 2015 at 12:21 am

It seems very innovative. Anyone can give a try on Themify.

Netsource
Aug 7, 2015 at 5:54 am

This is fantastic and especially in terms of how light it runs.

Dave Mackey
Jan 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm

What is the status of Themify Flow? Is it still actively under development/

Nick La
Jan 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm

We are shifting focus back to core Themify Builder. No further development planned for Flow at the moment.

Sasha-Shae
Feb 2, 2017 at 1:06 pm

That’s unfortunate as this was truly a promising product, I hope development will pick up on it again in the near future.

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