[wp-hackers] Grandchild themes

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Wed Jun 8 18:18:25 UTC 2011

On Jun 8, 2011, at 9:37 AM, Otto wrote:
> Note: A "framework" is not a separate entity, nor would I consider it
> one. I'd distinguish between a "framework" being "a starting point to
> build a theme on top of" vs. a "parent theme" which is a theme that
> you want to use but make minor modifications to via a child theme.
> Frameworks have themes built on them, but they don't have that done
> via child themes. And "minor" modifications is obviously debatable, as
> with CSS you can completely change the entire look and feel of a theme
> without touching one line of PHP code.

On Jun 8, 2011, at 2:11 PM, Andrew Nacin wrote:
> Given that none of these are frameworks in the true programming sense, I'm
> quite happy with that there's no formal standardization of that word in this
> community.

Exactly as Nacin said.  The term "framework" has come to be used to describe so many things in the context of WordPress that the word is nothing more than "Marketecture" at this point.  Using the word now to describe anything related to WordPress is more likely to cause confusion than anything else.  FWIW.


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