Theme options is one of the new features which are included in WordPress themes. Do you know what is actually mean by theme options? They exist to provide designers, website owners and admins to set up different options. That is one can activate or deactivate options in order to provide their theme individual look and feel. One can see theme option in any of the new updates of WordPress. As same as every coin has two sides theme option has its pros and cons.
We are giving a glance at the pros and cons of theme options.
Pros: You can design your themes as per your choice. That is, you can give your themes individual look and feel. This can be done by activating and deactivating various options.
Cons: If you are using a variety of themes then it is troublesome to be familiar with all theme options. Each theme has its different theme option with different functionality. So, it becomes difficult to manage.
It may the possibility that for bloggers this may not be the issue as they have to use one theme. So, it is convenient for bloggers to function well as they have to deal with only one theme option. But, on the other hand, designers have to use various themes so it is somewhat difficult for them.
It will be best if theme option of all the themes becomes standardized. Then it will not be troublesome for anyone whether bloggers or designers.
Is there any option by which this issue can be solved? Yes, of course, we have a solution to this problem. You can go with theme customizer. Theme customizer was released with Wordpress version 3.4. Using theme customizer you can handle all types of options from layout, themes, custom text boxes, plugin switches and much more.
We can define customizer as a set of accordions that are grouped into panels.
We have discussed simple customizer. But have you ever think of more complex customizer. A customizer with even more content and which provides more functionality and features.
This can be more interesting when you create it and after creation as well. You can also create customizer which is able to set theme option for each different theme. Then it will be more convenient for you to manage theme options for a number of themes efficiently. This way designers need not get familiar with every new WordPress theme option.
If we differentiate theme option and customizer. The basic difference is, theme option does not have any standard while customizer has a set of standards. In turn, it is better to develop a customizer using which you can manage various theme options with convenience.
Panels in Customizer:
As aforementioned, customizer can be grouped under different panels. You can design a lot of customizers and can group them according to their functionality and features. You can also categorize customizer with any other aspect. Due to the panel facility, it is more hassle-free for developers to develop various customizers.
Expansion of customizer:
Yes, it is possible that you can expand your customizer using plugins.The WordPress Theme Customizer API also comes along with WordPress. It allows developers of both themes and plugins to add sections, panels, settings, and controls.
What are your views after reading the whole article? Will theme option be obsolete in future or not? As per my opinion, yes it might be the strong possibility that theme option will obsolete in future. As it does not come with a set of standards as that of the customizer.