[theme-reviewers] Front page displayes rule

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Mon Oct 14 18:16:55 UTC 2013

p.s. you might find this helpful:


On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> The reviewer is correct. Themes must support display of either a static
> page/custom template *or* the blog posts index on the site front page.
> Themes must implement custom front page features in a manner that supports
> core implementation, including proper use of the template hierarchy, and
> accommodation of user settings in Settings -> Reading -> Front Page
> Displays.
> On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM, ethan anwar <ethananwar at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Hello everybody!
>> I'm the developer of the Parabola theme and on the latest update ticket
>> http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/14798 I've run into a small
>> disagreement with the fellow theme reviewer.
>> Basically, the Parabola theme has a custom Presentation Page (front page)
>> that can be enabled or disabled by the user at will. It is enabled by
>> default and when enabled it overrides the Front Page displays setting under
>> WordPress Settings. I've done this willingly because most users were
>> complaining that when they activated the Presentation Page nothing
>> happened, since most of them had something selected under the FrontPage
>> displays option.
>> Anyway, the reviewer had this to say: << It is required to show blog
>> posts if user selects blog posts in "Front Page Displays" >>
>> I can't find that requirement anywhere in the codex or in Chip Bennett's
>> guide to theme reviews. Furthermore, in the codex
>> http://codex.wordpress.org/Creating_a_Static_Front_Page I found this
>> statement:
>> <<If it exists, the front-page.php template file is used on the site's
>> front page regardless of whether 'Settings<http://codex.wordpress.org/Administration_Panels#Reading>>
>> Reading <http://codex.wordpress.org/Settings_Reading_SubPanel> ->Front
>> page displays' is set to "A static page" or "Your latest posts,">>
>> I think that's our case and that's how it's always been. Parabola also
>> has a Blog page template for displaying the latest posts (with instructions
>> and everything), and the Presentation Page can be disabled with one click.
>> And I've had no complaints from users.
>> Thanks a lot for your time, I apologize for the lengthy message and
>> looking forward to a solution to this.
>> Kay
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