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  • I’m currently working on a theme, and I had a question that’s got me a little stumped. I’ve found a way to create an “accessory” administrative page by editing the “functions.php” file…it’d be a page that would make things easier on those users who are a bit mystified about using WordPress and changing simple things. This administrative page will house options that the end user can change with the click of a button, instead of wading through the theme stuff and trying ot figure out how to change it by hand.

    A couple of ideas I had in there were changing the font style/size, colors, and different header options. However, I was wondering what else I should put in the options page? I’d like to make it as “easy-to-use” as possible, but for the life of me I can’t think of more stuff to allow the theme user to change if they so desire.

    Any suggestions?

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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    Positioning? Allow them to easily put the sidebar on left or right, perhaps? Background images for various bits (like the header, footer)? Width values of various div elements (content, sidebar)?

    Thanks, Otto. Just curious (to you, and anyone else who has input)…what would you think of allowing for a secondary sidebar that would house “photoblog” links? Like small images that would appear in the sidebar, and when you clicked on them, they’d take you to the end-user’s flickr account (or whatever gallery they’re using)…do you think that would be a worthwhile cause to put forth effort on?

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    I’m not so sure that I’d make that code as a separate sidebar entity. Makes more sense to make a widget for it, and to have an optional second sidebar which could contain anything you liked, including this widget. Matter of fact, there’s already widgets like that now.

    Plus, I don’t use (and don’t like) flickr myself, so leaving it more open ended would be more useful to me. Possibly for others as well.

    Thanks, Otto 🙂 I appreciate your input!

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