[theme-reviewers] Theme name slug question

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Thu Sep 6 18:25:00 UTC 2012

The general namespace Guideline has never been interpreted as rigidly as
the textdomain Guideline. This is a slightly subjective area, and can
usually be resolved between Theme developer and reviewer.

The Guidelines were recently updated to clarify the purpose/intent for
enforcement of the namespace Guideline. Please let me know if it is still



On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM, Shinra Web Holdings <
shinrawebholdings at gmail.com> wrote:

> The problem is if you're using the same slugs in more than one project you
> run the risk of defining functions twice, which will break PHP. You could
> prefix every function with if( !function_exists( 'sameslug_function_name )
> ), but then you just end up typing more, not less. On top of that you risk
> older versions of those functions being run expecting newer results, or
> running a completely unrelated function that's in your  namespace
> improperly.
> If you really have to reuse code, I guess the safest way would be to put
> it in a custom class and do a version check each time you create an
> instance.
> On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Bruce Wampler <weavertheme at gmail.com>wrote:
>> I have a question about using the theme slug. One of the important goals
>> of the slug is to create a "namespace" for the theme, and as far as I know,
>> the interpretation has been to have every theme use its slug on all names.
>> But this brings up an issue.
>> I have an existing theme (Weaver II) and its slug 'weaver-ii'. It is a
>> large theme, and has lots of support functions.
>> I'm now thinking about developing a smaller version of the theme - called
>> Weaver Mini, perhaps. Now, since I "own" the slug 'weaver-ii', would it be
>> acceptable to reuse all that support code in the new theme (slug
>> 'weaver-mini') while keeping the 'weaver-ii' name for the support code.
>> Would make maintenance a lot easier, and it seems it preserves the intent
>> of the theme slug rule.
>> Seems like a general policy on this could be really helpful for lots of
>> theme developers who reuse code. Might even want to extend it to allow
>> re-use of other theme libraries. I suspect there is code in my theme's
>> support code that could be useful in other themes, and allowing reuse of my
>> slug in other themes would help maintenance issues for sure. Since only one
>> theme is active at a time, this seems like a safe way to preserve
>> namespaces.
>> Bruce Wampler
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