[wp-hackers] theme manager like plugin manager
mark.wordpress at txfx.net
Tue Dec 7 09:01:59 UTC 2004
On a related note, it would be cool if a logged in WP user could "apply"
a theme so that they could see it, without activating it globally. It
could store the theme name in their cookie. That way, people could do
"one-click" theme installs as Tara suggested, but without risking taking
down their site or making for a bizarre user experience as they browse
through themes. It would be also great from a developer's standpoint,
as you would be able to try out custom themes on your live blog, without
lots of PHP errors thrown at your users.
Tara Star wrote:
> You probably all know by now how enthusiastic I am about Dave's plugin
> manager (http://wp-plugins.net/) and the possibility to install new
> plugins in a single click.
> The same thing for themes would be great. I mean, I've seen some
> beautiful themes out there, but for the moment, changing themes
> requires (a) hunting down the theme on the web, (b) downloading it to
> the server, (c) activating it. Wouldn't a theme manager functioning a
> bit like Dave's plugin manager be a nice thing? View a page with
> screenshots and info of all registered themes in a central DB, and
> one-click install the theme of your choice. I'm certain a lot of the
> plugin manager code could be re-used for this.
> The theme manager could be a plugin (like the plugin manager is), or
> why not, someday, included in the core? (I've vaguely heard talk about
> including the plugin manager but I don't know where things are -- and
> honestly, it's not that important.)
> What do you think?
> PS: I'm aware there are still lots of bugs to be squashed and that
> this is an "inessential feature" -- but I think it can really help
> make WP easier for the less-techy masses
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