[wp-hackers] Theme framework proposal

Tong Zou xitongzou at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 18:42:33 GMT 2009

Sure, dependencies would be nice. Do you have a good idea on how I could
implement or get started with a proposal like this? Help is appreciated.


On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 2:01 PM, scribu <scribu at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 8:18 PM, Tong Zou <xitongzou at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Well my idea is actually two different ideas but related to one another.
> > They are both based on the idea of theme frameworks that was discussed on
> > the GSoC ideas page. The idea is to have 'theme packages' that tie in a
> > theme with a set of related plugins.
> > Right now WP only provides installation/activation of one plugin at a
> time
> > and then the theme has to be optimized to take advantage of those
> plugins.
> > I
> > propose to have one installer that can install/activate/deactivate one
> set
> > of plugins at a time, in combination with a relevant theme. For example,
> > the
> > Buddypress package installs a set of plugins that are used with
> BuddyPress,
> > and the layout could be a facebook-type layout. I think this could
> greatly
> > benefit users who need to save time and are not going to mix and match
> > different plugins and layouts.
> That's a very good ideea, if you take it one step further: Each
> theme/plugin
> could have a set of dependencies. The user should have an option to install
> all dependencies automatically. Uses: child themes, child plugins, theme
> packages (like you mentioned).
> > The second idea is to have a dynamic switchable theme by visitors. Right
> > now
> > I have a primitive example on my site http://www.blue-kaos.com that
> > changes
> > the theme every time the page reloads. Eventually I want to have it so
> that
> > vistors can change the theme of the site to customize its properties. If
> a
> > big MU site has lots of different functionality then the user can switch
> > between say 'wordpress-social networking mode' and 'wordpress-wiki mode',
> > etc. And/or change the template to suit themselves. But this will have to
> > be
> > done client-side, so I think a bit of AJAX and JS-PHP interaction would
> > have
> > to be done here.
> I don't see much use for that. Sure, a style/layout switcher can be cool
> for
> some sites, but it's plugin-land.
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