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  • I have kept the habit of leaving “edit post” links in my themes for logged in users. I am debating removing that link from my themes in the future, as the admin bar has been around for a good while with that functionality, and the average user has it installed by now. Further, if anyone specifically hides the admin bar, they are already going to lengths to remove an administrator look from their pages while logged in.

    I’m looking for a bit of feedback. Does the edit link still serve an important purpose, or is it one more thing that can be stripped to serve up a site that is easier for an admin to work with while editing?

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  • I had the same thoughts but then, on one of my own sites (that happens to use one of my own themes). I realised that I preferred the Admin bar off on the front end of the site. So the edit links became vital.

    If someone wants to hide the edit links, they can normally do that with a little bit of CSS. But adding edit links back into a theme is a lot more work and may even involved creating a child theme. So, overall, if your theme is not designed for a specific site where the user environment is already in place and well understood, I’d advocate leaving the edit links in.

    That’s part of the debate for me, that this is a theme framework specifically intended to work with child themes. I want to have functionality, but at the same time want to keep it streamlined for users and easy to work with. I’m stuck with which ends up being easier and more user friendly, which is why I want to solicit the feedback.

    If it’s a framework, I’d definitely keep the edit links but allow them to be turned off via the child theme.

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