WP v1.5 Theme Competition
Alex King is now throwing a Theme Competition for WordPress v1.5 themes.
We already have over 100 pure CSS themes, the idea is to now expand this beyond what we can do solely with CSS.
Sure, ‘parasites’ are eligible to enter. The GPL allows derivative works.
Ok, I changed the rule requirements and updated the existing theme submissions to make it easier to “drop-in” the themes.
I would have thought that themes ipso facto rule out any type of consistency across the board and will give free rein to the developers. NTU though has identified a very serious hazard which is if the user then in turn wants to edit the theme and finds that there is only a style.css for example they will then be asking *how do I make a new page which matches whatever.*. This whole comp thing could be very cool. My own preference if asked – which is unlikely – would be for two sections – style sheet only and full themes. Hybrids could cause confusion down the line. IMHO.
It seems a little confusing the changing of the theme switcher rule. To ME I took it that what was to be shown was the ability of the viewer to change the page to his or her likeing when viewing a blog, not the blog owner to be able to change themes tru the dashboard.
Well in fairness of course there is a difference between the way the theme works live (dashboard) and the way Alex needs to demo it (theme switcher). The alternatives do not bear thinking about. Most developers can live with that for the comp.
The theme switcher works outside of the WP admin dashboard. What this feature allows is for people to easily compare the various themes.
On a slightly different subject – I am confused about the technical differences between a theme switcher and a style switcher. A style switcher refers to a style.css which in turn can access any template.
It would nice for the existing themes to be added to the competition by the original designers. There are quite a few themes out there already.
The 1.2 styles can be turned into themes that inherit the classic theme’s templates. Just add a theme header that specifies where to get the templates.
Theme Name: Inherit
Theme URI: http://wordpress.org/
Description: A theme that inherits the classic theme templates.
Author URI: http://me.me/
Rename the stylesheet to style.css and put it in a subdirectory of wp-content/themes. The “Template:” field specifies the theme directory to look in for templates. Use “classic” to get classic theme templates and “default” to get default theme templates.
Thanks Ryan. In the new scheme if the CSS is calling a new template then style switcher equals theme switcher as I thought.
I understand it to be a full theme: namely, a user can make a new directory for it, plunk the files in then activate it. (and/or use the theme switcher plugin)
The way the previous style switcher worked was just switching style sheets.
The themes switch between different sets of templates.
(Feel free to correct me if I got that all wrong. 🙂 )
Man, I should read the second page of posts before replying… 😉
“Sure, ‘parasites’ are eligible to enter. The GPL allows derivative works.”
So for example – if I had a really nice template I used back in my MT days, mainly by changing the default MT 2.6x stylesheets and a bit of the index, and I converted the default MT (again, 2.6x) index to WP (which I’m working on anyway), and repackaged my old MT design to work in WP, that would be perfectly eligible, right?
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