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Ask the Experts: Should Themes Include Plugin-Style Functionality?

Theoretically speaking, themes dictate a WordPress website’s design and presentation, and plugins dictate its functionality. This is certainly the intent as outlined over at WordPress.org: …the WordPress Theme system is a way to “skin” your weblog, [and] plugins are tools to extend [its] functionality…

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No More Long Functions File, Create your Own Functionality Plugin Instead

A common, yet unfortunate practice in the WordPress community involves filling theme functions.php files with tweaks and functionality that is key to a site. The reason this is a bad idea, in short, is that it will tie your critical site functionality to a theme that will eventually change. Good news, though: there is a much better, smarter alternative. It’s called a functionality plugin…

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