[theme-reviewers] Options Framework Discussion

Justin Tadlock justin at justintadlock.com
Thu Apr 18 04:00:12 UTC 2013

We'd have to look at things on a case-by-case basis.  We can't just 
generalize all libraries/frameworks/scripts.  But, in general, I'd argue 
for inclusion within the theme.  This is an approach that I've been 
using successfully since 2008, so I'm hardly unbiased.

For the Options Framework in particular, I think it needs to be within 
the theme.  It seems like an integral component to the theme.  It's part 
of what makes a particular theme what it is.

With that said, I see no issue with a plugin approach as long as the 
theme functioned correctly without the plugin.  As far as I'm concerned, 
it is an equally valid approach.  And, encouraging alternative 
approaches is something we should do a bit more of within the theme 
reviewer circle and the larger WP theme community.

On 4/17/2013 9:46 PM, Devin Price wrote:
> Hi. I wanted to bring a discussion that Chip and I were having in 
> ticket to the larger group for feedback.
> The question is whether libraries like the "Options Framework" should 
> be bundled directly with the theme or if it's better to use a plugin 
> to enable the functionality.
> I've always considered both approaches equally valid- though I 
> recommend using the plugin version if no modifications are being made 
> to the framework.  Arguments for both are represented in the ticket: 
> http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/12027
> Curious to know what other people think.
> Thanks much,
> Devin.
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