[ubuntu-studio-devel] Web design/theme contribution

Lawrence Boothby lawrence2.boothby at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 02:25:59 UTC 2019

I have used wordpress child themes so that changes to the theme code are
isolate in a small file and updates work properly without having to update
updates to the base theme.

On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 5:53 AM Shinta Carolinasari <shinta at playmain.com>

> Hi Eylul,
> Thanks for the detailed explanation. Well yes, those restriction sounds
> limiting, as we cannot freely utilize helpful plugins, but yes we
> understand the reason.
> So as long as the theme doesn't depend on plugins it should be fine
> then, right. Which means all content management related things need to
> be done in a WordPress standard way (done in dashboard admin, and
> without touching theme source code).
> Agree with your idea, we can define & isolate editable area into custom
> fields (or theme customizer) to make it easy & quick to update.
> Also, we can utilize custom templates & widgets to handle several
> different layout scenarios,
> including providing a blank page template to allow adding own hand-coded
> HTML & CSS when it really necessary.
> And the good things, the latest version of WP (ver 5) has built-in block
> editor (Gutenberg).
> That will make editing complex layout easier.
> (You keep updating Wordpress to the latest version, right?)
>  > I hope this is helpful and not too demoralizing. :)
> All good, We are still excited 🙂
> So we are waiting for the decision, whether it ok to go ahead and continue.
> Thank you,
> Shinta
> On 4/15/2019 9:54 PM, eylul wrote:
> > Hi again!
> >> Yes, we are able to build the Wordpress theme/coding side, as well as
> >> design side, with supervision and assistance from you/ubuntu studio
> team.
> >> However, what you've mentioned in previous site/theme development
> >> workflow sounds limiting.
> >> Are we still restricted with the same constraint today?
> >
> > As far as I know we any change we make to the theme needs to go through
> > IS submission procedure, so the requirement to be ability to change any
> > content (and ideally any images that might require changing) without
> > touching the theme remains. Making the theme easily editable is not a
> > solution unfortunately. Any theme needs to account for the fact that any
> > change to the website content/updates will be done via wordpress
> > structures. Just to note that, we also didn't have a lot of luck with
> > acceptance of plugins that gives access to css overrides or drag and
> > drop etc. Probably the best solution is to have custom fields on the
> > theme to fill out parts of the front page. (e.g. download link,
> > description, 6 software examples). Another approach obviously is to have
> > the css and layout inside the front page content, which is more than a
> > little hacky.
> >
> > Anyhow now you begin to see why we sometimes went with more conservative
> > approaches.
> >
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