[theme-reviewers] Theme Vs Plugin Territory

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Fri Mar 1 18:59:27 UTC 2013

Custom Post Types are, by definition and design, intended for "generation
or definition of user content", and as such are explicitly Plugin
territory, as per the Guidelines.

If a user creates content using a Theme-registered CPT, then when that user
switches Themes, that content disappears. (It's there in the database, but
no longer exposed to the user, either in the WordPress admin, or in the
site front end; to them, that content is simply gone.) Thus, CPTs represent
a form of Theme "lock-in" and are not allowed.

Special-case Themes that use CPTs can be considered on a case-by-case basis.

On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM, rabin shrestha <sun_ravi90 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am a bit of confused on theme vs plugin territory. Recently my theme was
> rejected because of the use of CPT in my theme the reason was that it's
> plugin territory. I know that CPT is better suited to plugin but I didn't
> know that it was a required case. I have seen themes on WordPress
> repository that have registered multiple CPT and being approved. I am not
> saying that some X theme was approved, why not Y theme is approved for same
> case. My question is,It is strictly prohibited to use CPT inside theme. Is
> it a required case or is it a recommended case. If using CPT is completely
> prohibited then I think writing it down on Theme review guidelines will
> clear out the confusion. Though Prensentation Vs Functionality might cover
> this but those words are some what vague.
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