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

Bryan Hadaway bhadaway at gmail.com
Fri Aug 31 21:26:39 UTC 2012

Me personally, I'd have the sidebar there, but hidden by default and then
have it set to only show if someone drops some widgets in it. The thing is
users will find a theme that closest matches what they intend to do and
what they intend it to look like, but generally won't use a theme exactly
as the developer intended.

I love minimalist, but you know day 1 and every day after it's release
people are going to be complaining "*Where's the sidebar! Your theme is
broken dude!*" Even if you explicitly explain in advance "*This is a unique
minimalist and and sidebar-less, content-driven theme.*"

I'm sure you figured as much though already.

Bryan Phillip Hadaway

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On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> 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.
> Chip
> 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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