[theme-reviewers] Reconsider requirement of dynamic_sidebar() and register_sidebar()

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Fri Aug 31 20:54:36 UTC 2012

My initial thought is that dynamic sidebar content - either as a
traditional "sidebar", or in the footer - is *expected* end-user
functionality for Themes, and as such should be required.

At the very least, it makes sense to me that the functionality be included
as *required* in the guidelines. Themes that have valid reasons for
omitting this functionality can still request an exception.


On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM, Justin Tadlock <justin at justintadlock.com>wrote:

> I've been thinking about the requirement for dynamic sidebars for a while.
> http://codex.wordpress.org/**Theme_Review#Theme_Features<http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review#Theme_Features>
> For the most themes, this makes sense.  If your theme has sidebars (most
> do), use the functions in place to do so.
> Right now, I'm building a minimalistic blogging theme that focuses solely
> on the content.  But, I'm undecided if I want to add sidebars.  If
> anything, the theme would support a sidebar in the footer area.  It just
> depends on whether it fits into the design.
> I think this is one of those times where an exception would be okay.  But,
> I'd like to just get everyone's thoughts on it beforehand.
> You can follow the development of the theme here (it's a long way from
> being ready):
> https://github.com/**justintadlock/just-me<https://github.com/justintadlock/just-me>
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