[theme-reviewers] Plugins within Themes

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Fri Jan 3 23:58:10 UTC 2014

LESS to CSS is probably okay, if integrated properly, given that it is a
useful way to override Theme CSS.

Options Framework has a library for use in Themes, and should be used in
place of the required Plugin.

Drag-and-drop featured image is clearly site (admin) functionality, and as
such is Plugin territory. (It has zero impact on display of user content.)

On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 6:33 PM, Edward Caissie <edward.caissie at gmail.com>wrote:

> Although I will leave the theme ticket concerns as is, my initial thoughts
> on integrating the listed plugins are respectively:
> WP LESS to CSS - although by the theme author, it would depend on how it
> is integrated but essentially as a plugin it is probably still best, if the
> author wants to provide code that enhances the theme when his plugin is
> also active then that is not an issue.
> Options Framework - I do not really have too much issue with this being
> integrated, provided it is properly attributed to the plugin author ... I
> look at this as more along the lines of "why re-invent the wheel"?
> Drag & Drop Featured Image - Great plugin idea and nice enhancement to
> most any theme, as long as it does not affect the core Featured Image
> functionality (test by using the drag and drop then switch themes to ensure
> the Feature Image is retained) I do not have an issue with this being
> integrated into the theme with proper attribution as well.
> Also to note, if these plugins are integrated into the theme then as far
> as I am concerned they should also be properly name-spaced for the specific
> theme as well ... they should be properly maintained *and enhanced* at
> the hand of the theme author going forward. Otherwise, why integrate the
> plugins ... why not just write respective theme enhancement code in their
> place?
> Edward Caissie
> aka Cais.
> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM, Ulrich Pogson <grapplerulrich at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Are themes allowed to have plugin integrated in the themes?
>> I have looked at the functionality that is not allowed and these plugins
>> would not dong this functionality.
>>  http://make.wordpress.org/themes/guidelines/guidelines-plugin-territory/
>> I am reviewing the theme: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/15869
>> There are three plugins integrated in it are
>> http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-less-to-css/
>> http://wordpress.org/plugins/options-framework/
>> http://wordpress.org/plugins/drag-drop-featured-image/
>> Are these allowed or not?
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