[theme-reviewers] Bundling Plugins

Vicky Arulsingam vicky.arulsingam at gmail.com
Tue May 3 06:29:02 UTC 2011

+1 for this. Themes should support plugins, not bundle them.

Vicky Arulsingam

On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 2:09 AM, Justin Tadlock <justin at justintadlock.com>wrote:

>  If a theme creates a custom post type, the theme developer should really
> be creating an additional plugin for users that eventually switch themes to
> handle that post type so that there's no data that can't be used and nothing
> that "locks in" the user.
> I just had a long discussion over this situation a week or so ago.  The
> solution we came up with instead of bundling custom post types in themes:
> The best option is to create a plugin for custom post types.  Then, build
> themes that support this plugin with custom templates and CSS (or whatever
> would be required on the theme's end).  It's a win-win situation for both
> users and developers.  The developer can corner the market on whatever
> functionality that plugin is providing and users will have more than one
> theme to choose from.
> Suppose you had a "real estate" plugin.  The plugin would handle all of the
> complex functionality.  The theme would simply house the templates and
> styles to handle the display of the content.
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