Child Theme Inclusion in the WordPress Directory
I think there's plenty of support for distributing child themes through the repository, the question is of how to implement it. From here on, can replies offer suggestions on how to implement it rather than just saying 'yes, please'? That would be more useful.
This is the post that prompted the idea being added here. It has plenty of suggestions -- hopefully some are useful.
See Deepak's GSoC proposal here: http://gsocdk.wordpress.com/
He wants to build a bbPress plugin to add this functionality to the repo (the repo is built on bbPress).
I agree with most of the others here that including child themes would foster more support from the theme development community.
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I think there's some concerns over a framework theme updates breaking a child theme- but the same thing happens with all plug-ins, so +1.
As it seems we are now encouraged to stop hacking themes (like 2010) and start creating child themes - along with the development of theme frameworks, it makes sense to incorporate child theme support in the official themes directory - that would be great thanks +1 from me!
Ah, just saw your comment above Jane, so here's my suggestions:
> WP themes site
- Category for child themes (with lead-in explanation for visitors)
- Child category view displays link to parent theme
- Child theme page shows parent theme (with potential to download both child and parent or just child?)
> Personal server/logged in
- Link in themes view on individual themes to visit WP theme site and view child themes available
> Extra data at the top of child theme style.css
- Would be useful to have something like 'Parent Theme Version' to ensure child theme compatibility with parent theme.
I guess one of the important things to consider is making sure users are clear on the fact that child themes rely on a parent theme.
Just do it !
I vote for child the inclusion on WordPress Directory
I throw in my support, but always support the capacity for just having very simple CSS from external sheet support available as well. CMS systems sometimes create such complex framework for their theme systems that it makes it prohibitive to using simpler solution when needed or wanted.
90% of the content my site will eventually publish will be best served with very plain pages. 99% of the themes out there for CMS have tons and tons of things I neither need nor want, and detract from the thing one should be looking at.
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