[theme-reviewers] Submitting a One-Page Placeholder Theme

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Sat Oct 29 22:03:16 UTC 2011

While the decision to use a landing page Plugin is equally valid, I would
consider the choice between Plugin and Theme to be one solely at the user's
discretion. And since both Plugin and Theme are equally valid choices, I
wouldn't want to exclude landing page Themes.

Consider also that users looking for landing page Themes may end up looking
elsewhere - either to a commercial Theme (not necessarily a bad thing) or
to the Wild West (a phenomenally BAD thing). So, we do users a favor merely
by providing them the option not to have to look outside the repository for
such a Theme.


On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 4:55 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 3:31 PM, Ryan Frankel <ryan.frankel at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > The main difference I see is just from a user perspective.  Personally,
> if I wanted a landing page I would install WordPress and immediately look
> for a landing page theme with all of the styling and options I want.  Since
> the design/look/feel of the site itself is centered around the idea of a
> landing page it seems logical to me to have it as a theme.  I don't see any
> reason that it couldn't also be a plugin but plugins in general (for me)
> are much more difficult to incorporate stylistically to a theme.  Since so
> much of a landing page is also the stylistic aspect and not functionality
> it seems like it falls under a theme.
> I agree with this in principle. A specialty theme would be
> differentiated from a plugin in that a plugin is designed to be useful
> regardless of the theme, whereas a specialty theme would have the
> functionality and the display tightly knitted together. For example,
> you couldn't easily make a ticket tracking system into a plugin,
> because the display of that ticket system is not generic.
> Although this is often a judgment call. The new bbPress plugin does a
> pretty darned good job at including a theme compatibility layer to
> make it work with most any theme, but as you can see from using it for
> a while, a theme that is explicitly designed for bbPress capability
> just works and looks better.
> I think one principle that might be useful is to consider whether a
> user would expect the same sort of functionality to work with a
> different, generic, theme. If not, then a specialty theme makes sense
> as a theme instead of a plugin.
> A "landing page" is a bit generic though. Depends on the specific
> features. If you define it one way, a "landing page" can be any site
> with only one Page defined and no Posts anywhere.
> -Otto
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