[wp-hackers] Theme and Plugin Integration

Ryan Duff ryan at ryanduff.net
Mon Apr 4 01:24:18 GMT 2005

Robert Deaton wrote:
> But you can't have functionality without building it into the style. If 
> theme authors didn't include do_action statements, you wouldn't be able 
> to add any functionality. The WordPress themes are not based around a 
> template, and thus give you the greatest possible freedom, and a 
> side-effect is that some theme developers, because they are ignorant of 
> what happens behind the scenes, leave some things that are essential to 
> add functionality out of their themes.

So it all goes back to the theme developers being ignorant. So why not 
give theme developers a guide based on
and a standard set of template tags that *should* be included for normal 

> Plugin developers are having a hell of a time supporting their plugins 
> now because theme developers leave actions out, mix everything around, 
> and there's no longer a standard way of doing things. Thus, if we can 
> resort to a combination of style and functionality, we no longer have to 
> worry about it.

Here's another off the wall bug just reported dealing with my plugin and 
somebody elses theme...


I can't say I can duplicate it because I use the default kubrick 
template on my sandbox which includes the wp_list_pages() template tag. 
See the mess we're in? Worst part is, its not just me. There are plenty 
of others experiencing the same things I am.

Ryan Duff
AIM: ryancduff
irc.freenode.net #wordpress

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