[theme-reviewers] Use Static Front Page by Default for Reviews?

Edward Caissie edward.caissie at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 13:56:08 UTC 2011

I think I understand what you are trying to accomplish, but how many themes
actually include a home.php or front-page.php template ... I do not recall
any recent ones that I have looked at.

Besides a simple review of the included template files will tell you if you
are, or should be, testing the functionality of the home.php and/or
front-page.php templates.

By all means, switch over your test environment to more suitably test those
templates, I would even suggest some of the other reviewers volunteer to do
it as a trial ...

... maybe have two Theme Unit Test data sets: one for "standard" blogging;
and, another for a "standard" CMS setup, which is where I would expect the
home.php and front-page.php templates to more typically be used.


On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> All,
> I'm thinking of switching up my review setup (and perhaps adjusting the
> Theme Unit Test data accordingly), such that by default, it is setup to use
> a Static Page as the Front Page, and a separate Static Page for the Blog
> Posts Index.
> I've seen a few instances where:
> 1) I might forget to test the front-page.php template file, or
> 2) The Theme Developer mistakenly uses "home.php" instead of
> "front-page.php" as the Front Page template, which causes the Blog Posts
> Index to behave incorrectly when in a Static Front Page setup.
> I'm trying to think of any drawbacks, but can't come up with anything. If
> the Theme doesn't include "front-page.php" and/or "home.php", then the
> template hierarchy will fall back properly to "page.php" for the Static
> Front Page and "index.php" for the Blog Posts Index.
> Can anyone think of any drawbacks with using this approach?
> Chip
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