On: 2005/09/03
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In every WordPress theme there are places that are supposed to be edited and customized by the end user who is using the theme : an "About you" block to fill in, a loop to customize when you want to add "Asides" post style, some CSS to tweak to use an personal image in header, etc…

The problem is : most bloggers are not PHP or HTML expert, can't tell the difference between an HTML tag and a PHP tag, and simple editing of templates can be hazardous and tedious to them. Adding an admin menu in your theme ensures that end users can customize things without editing source files, just as naturally as changing a WordPress option in the admin area.

WordPress Theme Toolkit is a PHP class that gives WordPress theme authors the opportunity of creating a persistent admin menu for their theme as easily as editing 3 lines in a file.

You are a theme author ? Have enough skills to edit three lines ? Add an admin menu to your theme ! (click to enlarge)
Theme Toolkit : admin menu example

Just to be sure : WordPress Theme Toolkit is not a theme with an admin menu. It is something that makes adding an admin menu to an existing theme as easy as 1-2-3.

This long article is divided in shorter sections :

  1. Intro : well, here.
  2. Overview : a quick tour about features and how easy things are.
  3. Manual : detailed features and how-to
  4. Download ! : files and credits.
  5. Ideas and Examples : suggestions and ideas of what you could add to your theme … and a real WordPress Theme as an example of use.
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