[theme-reviewers] add_custom_background()

Mats Birch birch at birchware.se
Mon Mar 12 22:04:12 UTC 2012

I don't think most users have any problem locating "Theme options"  :-)

A general problem, as I see it, if we widen the view, is that saving an 
options page takes too long. Even in the tabbed ones, you have to save 
to get to the next tab. That's why I prefer a simple jQuery approach, 
Changing things should be as fast as possible, it's good for the creativity.

As for what is is 3.4, I have no idea - "that day, that sorrow", as the 
Swedish saying goes..

On 2012-03-12 22:36, Chip Bennett wrote:
> The various appearance customizations ARE already in one place: 
> Dashboard -> Appearance sub-menu. :)
> Further, in WordPress 3.4, they will all be even more in "one place". 
> Refer to the Project Gandalf UI changes - and, ultimately, that is 
> part of the primary reason to support the core implementation: so that 
> users know where to find things from Theme to Theme, and so that, as 
> the core UI/UX changes, those changes are propagated consistently from 
> Theme to Theme.
> Chip
> On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM, Mats Birch <birch at birchware.se 
> <mailto:birch at birchware.se>> wrote:
>     It has been pointed out to me, during the last review of my theme,
>     Kippis (ticket 6839, the discussion is in ticket 6834), that I
>     should implement add_custom_background().
>     I have dug into it, and have some thoughts on the subject. Here goes:
>     I don't think it would be beneficial, neither to the user nor the
>     developer, to implement add_custom_background().
>     The obvious one: All theme options should be in one place.
>     The functionality of such a standardized feature could (of course)
>     never be versatile enough for all purposes.
>     My theme, for example, have an option to toggle the display
>     (on/off) of the image. It also has a choice of foreground color. I
>     also plan to implement scaling/cropping, a small gallery of images
>     to choose from, and a list of predefined "settings packs", of
>     course including images.
>     So my conclusion is that it would be a waste of time to implement
>     add_custom_background().
>     Your thoughts?
>     (I haven't tried out add_custom_image_header() yet, but I suspect
>     similar issues there.)
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