[theme-reviewers] Theme Vs Plugin Territory

Thomas from ThemeZee contact at themezee.com
Fri Mar 1 20:49:39 UTC 2013

Okay, I always thought Custom Post Types in themes are okay. I think the
Guidlines should clearly state that CPTs are not allowed.

I'm currently developing a theme with a simple image slideshow and wanted
to use CPT for that. Since there are some themes in the directory with
image slideshows, can someone tell me what is the best way to include an
image slider?

I mean I could use post meta keys or theme options to let users define
their images, but that would make no difference to CPTs. If the user
changes the theme he will lose that content. I understand the "generation
or definition of user content" is forbidden point and it makes totally
sense, but in my opinion defining a few images within a theme should be
fine. (that's more presentation than functionality).

And using CPTs for an image slideshow seems to be the most powerful and
elegant way, or am I wrong??

Best Regards,

2013/3/1 Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>

> 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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