[theme-reviewers] Child themes

Edward Caissie edward.caissie at gmail.com
Wed Aug 25 13:53:07 UTC 2010

Welcome to the list Otto!

Simon mentioned several of the issues we have discussed via the list or on
the IRC (#wp-themes) channel.

I'm sure there will be more before a suitable process it sorted out ... I
suspected after reading Matt's tweet this was going to end up on your plate.

Other point to ponder:

   - Will all themes be usable as parents? Technically they can be but is
   that the best choice for the repository?
   - Will a theme need to meet any additional criteria to be considered
   acceptable as a parent?
   - What happens when a parent theme is suspended? Do all child themes
   automagically get suspended?

Of course, I'm just repeating some of Simon's ideas in different words but
more so, IMHO, these are hurdles to get over before other criteria and
related issues can or should be addressed.


On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 7:38 AM, Simon Prosser <pross at pross.org.uk> wrote:

> On Wednesday 25 August 2010 09:38:05 Otto wrote:
> > i! I'm new to the theme-reviewers list. I went through the archives a
> > bit, but that's trickier than it sounds. ;)
> >
> > Could somebody explain to me the specific problems with allowing child
> > themes? What is currently broken about the process or tools or
> > whatever that is blocking this from happening?
> Welcome to the list Otto!
> Here are my views on child themes:
> Firstly the uploader, currently it checks that certain functions are in
> place
> wp_head() wp_footer() are where they should be and various other stuff, i'm
> not
> too sure of the full list anyway.. a child theme can simply consist of 1
> file,
> style.css so that renders the uploader useless as 99% of child themes will
> fail straight away, new upload that checks for a child theme then disables
> all
> checks .. maybe?
> secondly how do we check a child theme? do we have to check the parent
> theme
> as well?  How old is the parent theme? What are the minimum requirements
> for a
> child theme? just a style.css with a div replacing the footer with some seo
> links? im sure it wont take long for them to figure that out ;)
> The upload would need to be changed a lot, also the theme listing pages
> would
> have to list the parent theme, maybe some kind of automatic email thing
> that
> informed the child theme author when the parent theme has been updated, so
> he
> can check if the child theme still works properly.
> I love the idea of child themes, i use them myself, i wrote one a while ago
> and was really happy with it, but i had to rewrite includeing the parent
> theme
> to make it eligable for submission to the directory.
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