[wp-hackers] WP Theme Directory Submission Restrictions

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 04:28:04 GMT 2008

Hi all:

I'm new of the list but hoping you all will greet me with that legendary
WordPress hospitality. :)

Anyway, watching this dialog I feel compelled to inject my thoughts.

Both sides have solid points:

1.) A dev can greatly improve performance when they minimize the number of
HTTP requests required to load a web page. See #1 on
http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html  Also see "High
Performance Web Sites" (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596529307/) by the
same people.

2.) Packing everything into a single CSS file creates maintenance problems,
and maintenance problems often translate into more than problems for devs,
it can also create problems for users when bugs are not found because of
poorly architected structure.

So rather than act like Republicans and Democrats who only seem to want to
support their own ideology and attack the other sides why not look for a
solution that meets everyone's needs?  

I have a lot of experience with Drupal and one thing Drupal does when the
optimization switch is turned on is it aggregates CSS files into one when
that optimization is turned on.  I don't like how Drupal does it exactly and
I think it could be implemented in a manner that would not require the admin
to even be aware of it but I'd like to posit that maybe WordPress could come
up with a conceptually similar solution albiet w/o the admin burden? 

Such a plan probably couldn't solve immediate needs but might be a nice
addition in a 3.x version of WordPress.  Thoughts?

-Mike Schinkel 
President; NewClarity LLC 
Organizer: Atlanta Web Entrepreneurs

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On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 7:15 AM, Ptah Dunbar <pt at ptahd.com> wrote:
> Including everything under one css file is probably the best 
> way--performance wise.. but I think the trade off for being able to 
> modularize stylesheets and simply organize them are much better

The people viewing these blogs don't care if they have modularized
stylesheets, they just want it to load as quick as it can.

Matt (http://mattsblog.ca/)
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