Computer screen with the Nuovo homepage

An unforseen diversion

So everything has been moving at a snail’s pace for Giornalismo, primarily due to my busy schedule, but Thursday things came to an interesting halt.

The folks who run and maintain WordPress and the WordPress directory made it official that all themes will have the use the WordPress Customizer instead of creating separate theme options page.

Well shoot, right after I had finally finished learning how to make a really good theme options page, I can no longer use what I learned. Rats.

So now, with Giornalismo in the re-write stages and Nuovo still in the waiting for the latest review to come back stage, I guess it’s as good of a time as any to convert those to the new guidelines. From the minimal research I’ve done so far, it doesn’t look like it’s that complicated, but who knows how well it will go when I start trying to write the code.

As for my opinion on it, I honestly don’t know what to think of it. It’s going to be a pain for me and for other developers to adjust to the new way of doing things, but it very well could lead to it being easier for theme users to make the adjustments they want to make, and that kind of is the goal.

So I’m going to give it time and a try before taking a stance for or against the guidelines. Until then, time to learn a new way to write theme options.

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