[theme-reviewers] Help on theme review - Did I waste my time?

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Sun May 29 19:42:02 UTC 2011

The reason for that review comment is that it is the current stance of the
Theme Review Team that Theme functionality should involve *presentation* of
data only, and that *creation* of content should be handled by Plugins. User
data should not be subject to Theme "lock-in", but should be available to
the user, regardless of what Theme is used.

The Repository/WordPress are not yet well-suited to handle "niche" Themes -
though we certainly hope that both will better-accommodate such Themes in
the future, given the vast potential of such Themes.

As a compromise, we are currently asking that any Theme that *creates* data
(such as via a Custom Post Type) port that functionality to a Plugin
(approved and available in the Plugin Repository), and use/integrate the
Plugin functionality. This way, if the user switches Themes, his data are
still available, since such data will be handled by the Plugin.

(Note: this requirement means that the Theme should actually be *dependent*
upon the Plugin, rather than making the Plugin itself part of the Theme. It
ensures that the Plugin functionality is kept current with Theme
development, so that users retain access to/control of their content for as
long as the developer maintains the Theme - and therefore, the Plugin.)

In the case of your Theme, porting the CPT functionality to a Plugin
shouldn't be more than a 5-minute (or so) process. Then, you'll just need to
ensure that the Theme checks for the Plugin being active and/or the CPT
being available.


On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 1:21 PM, Diana K. Cury <dianakac at gmail.com> wrote:

>  Please, someone could clarify
> http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4032
> I'm not undertanding this:
>  *Even though there are a few changes to be made I cannot approve this
> theme because of the implementation of custom post types which is required
> to be implemented as a plugin. (...)*
> Where, who said that post types should be implemented only as a plugin, if
> so, why anyone said me tha before I re-submit the theme ten times?
> Also, that stands for a built in plugin or a standalone one (submit as a
> plugin in Plugin Directory)?
> Thanks,
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