[theme-reviewers] Note to theme reviewers about settings in themes

Azizur Rahman prodevstudio+wordpress at gmail.com
Sun Jun 12 20:45:09 UTC 2011

Hi Otto,

I take this could also apply to plugins!

Kind Regards,
Azizur Rahman

On Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 9:26 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> This is just a note about a rule that I think should be added to the
> theme review process:
> - Themes should not do anything to the database merely by virtue of
> being activated.
> By that, I mean that having a theme check for a setting, like
> get_option or get_theme_mod and then calling set_option or
> set_theme_mod to set it to some default is wrong.
> Both get_option and get_theme_mod accept a second parameter of a
> default setting. If I call get_option('whatever',123) and there is no
> whatever option, then that will return 123.
> Use the defaults properly. Don't set them just because they're not there.
> -Otto
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