[wp-hackers] Template Hierarchy In A Plugin

Dion Hulse (dd32) wordpress at dd32.id.au
Mon Aug 8 01:33:43 UTC 2011

I'd just like to point out, that allowing plugins to inject template
files into themes is not always going to work properly.. Why? Quite
simply because every theme out there is written with a different HTML
structure and styling/class names.
Try taking a page from the old Default theme and droping it into the
2011 folder, it's not going to work, Take a file designed for the 2011
theme and drop it into a Genesis theme, it's not going to work.
Take a file from a plugin and expect it to work in everyones themes..
it's not going to work..

What everyone "actually" needs (IMHO) is:
 * To modify the output of the_content() for their CPT or
 * To be able to add pages with shortcodes easier (ie. so that
/plugin-page/ is handled by their plugin)
Neither of those would really be achievable by letting a plugin inject
their document into the template hierarchy..

On 8 August 2011 05:33, Braydon <ronin at braydon.com> wrote:
> We really need to have full manual mode for URL and templates and take
> WordPress to the Grand Prix.
> On 08/05/2011 03:25 PM, Alex Andrews wrote:
>>  Dear all,
>> What is the best way to take advantage of the way in which WordPress
>> automatically guesses, and correctly loads the right template for a custom
>> post type, but within a plugin rather than a theme?
>> So in a plugin I load a series of custom post types, and tell WordPress
>> where the template files for them are, which it then loads in an automated
>> manner. So album-single.php loads as we would expect if it were under the
>> template directory and so on?
>> I attempted to Google this, but obviously quite difficult to get through
>> the thickets of results to it out!
>> Thanks for the help,
>> Alex
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