[theme-reviewers] Submitting a One-Page Placeholder Theme
chip at chipbennett.net
Sat Oct 29 16:32:00 UTC 2011
One special/extraordinary use case, yes - but also, a use case that is
demonstrably useful and/or unique/innovative.
Landing-page Themes are obviously useful. A support-ticket-system Theme is
IMHO both unique and innovative.
I'd love to hear other ideas/examples of such "niche" Themes!
On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 11:18 AM, Angelo Bertolli <angelo.bertolli at gmail.com
> So what you're talking about is allowing some themes to cover only one use
> case, whereas the themes currently cover all use cases, right?
> On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 11:19 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>wrote:
>> I don't agree. A site that doesn't have a blog doesn't constitute a
>> "niche"; rather, it is a use-case that is built-in to core. Using WordPress
>> "as a CMS" (nb: I detest this phrase; WordPress IS a CMS, no matter *how* it
>> is used - and it is almost always intended to mean "without a blog")
>> requires nothing more than creating a static Page to serve as the Front
>> Page, changing the "Front Page Displays" setting to "static page", assigning
>> the appropriate static page, and then NOT assigning a posts page. Easy
>> We don't need special handling for this use-case. Every Theme in the
>> repository should handle it without problem. By default,
>> repository-hosted Themes are expected to handle this use case; that's why we
>> have Guidelines related to display of post metadata and "no comments" type
>> text on static pages.
>> I see no practical reason for a publicly distributed Theme NOT to account
>> for the blog use-case. If we've not adequately covered the non-blog use case
>> in the Guidelines, we can always revisit them.
>> As for the definition of "niche" Themes: they really do need to be an
>> extraordinary use. At this point, it's probably a "know it when we see it"
>> kind of thing. I think the "landing page" use case and the "ticket system"
>> use case are good, instructive examples.
>> On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM, Kirk Wight <kwight at kwight.ca> wrote:
>>> What distinguishes "niche" themes from "regular" themes is often one
>>> thing: only partial or no implementation of blog functionality. As far as I
>>> can tell, most of the checks from Theme Check and the uploader rely on the
>>> theme being usable as a blog.
>>> This summer, we found out from the user survey that a lot of developers
>>> use WordPress for sites that don't even have a blog component (just a "CMS",
>>> for lack of a better term) . To me, niche themes are simply themes that, for
>>> whatever reason, choose not to implement full blog functionality.
>>> We could add a tag filter under Features that is just "blog". If this tag
>>> exists, the uploader and Theme Check plugins check according to the current
>>> criteria. If not, a simpler context can be used (presence of readme.txt,
>>> etc). Obviously this would require rewriting the uploader and theme eval
>>> plugins to react conditionally, but it would seem simpler and more elegant
>>> to me than getting in to theme slugs, white-listing specific users, and
>>> trying to create specific tag filters for each non-standard use-case.
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