[wp-hackers] the home.php problem: does it asks for a posts.php?

Bill Erickson bill.erickson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 22:19:57 UTC 2012

I agree with Chip. If you don't want your client changing site options like
what page shows up on the front page, don't make them an admin of the site.

But I also agree with a few commenters that it can be confusing to see a
blank page in the admin. A useful addition might be to add a little notice
to the top of the Edit Page screen if the current page is set as the Posts

The Page Links To plugin by Mark Jaquith does something similar when you
redirect a page to another URL: http://twitpic.com/aopuwe

I'm sure there's a plugin that already does this (and if not, it should
only take a few minutes to create).

Bill Erickson
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On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> In a bespoke development, the developer is an agent of the user, who is the
> client. There's no reason that the developer, who develops the Theme,
> installs the Theme, and configures the Theme can't also make the necessary
> reading settings changes to ensure the site properly displays a static
> front page.
> Nevertheless, the use case you describe is not one that is shared by the
> vast majority of WordPress users, and the ability of the Theme to dictate
> what appears as the site front page would be detrimental to that vast
> majority.
> Chip
> On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Cátia Kitahara <
> contato at catiakitahara.com.br> wrote:
> > Hi, everyone,
> >
> > I'm Cátia, from Brazil, I'm new here, but this discussion interests me,
> > because I agree with Leo.
> >
> > As a theme developer, what Im looking for is a way to force what will be
> > > displayed in the front page and where the visitor will find the blog.
> > >
> > >
> > > It's not the purpose of the *Theme* to dictate what is displayed on the
> > > front page. That is a decision for the end user, and the end user
> alone.
> > >
> >
> > You're assuming that this end user is the kind who's got a personal blog
> or
> > small business site that he himself maintain, who might want to change
> the
> > theme whenever he wants from the admin. But if you suppose this end user
> is
> > a bigger client who paid us to develop his site, from the information
> > architecture to the deploy, he is indeed paying someone to dictate what
> is
> > displayed on the front page, this decision is done beforehand, so he
> > wouldn't want to let this option open to anyone with access to the admin
> to
> > change it. Do you understand what I mean?
> > That's our worries!
> >
> >
> > --
> > Cátia Kitahara
> > www.catiakitahara.com.br
> > www.wp-brasil.org
> > www.hacklab.com.br
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