John H. Gohde recently read an interesting post on how WordPress has a very long history of failing to use the correct name. So, John is now asking is a skin more than a theme? Or is a theme more than a skin. And, when will WordPress finally get the name correct?
In the Correct Name is Skin post, we can see that WordPress first called it Template, then Templates, followed by Presentation, Design, and now Appearance. All of which were wrong. And even though WordPress actually knows better it joyfully continues to call it by its wrong name.
WordPress just released version 2.7 which continued their long history of using the wrong name. John H. Gohde clearly sees that the WordPress developers have a communication problem. They are unable to communicate with their own teammates called Codex. Clearly, John says that the developers do not want to hear any type of criticism of their development efforts. John H. Gohde on the other hands knows that Gossip is What Counts in the SERPs. John, thus, has a lot of incentive to knock WordPress.
A Theme is More
“Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to ‘skin’ your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a ‘skin.’ Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.” — WordPress Codex
While Codex at least knows what the correct name is, they apparently think that a theme is more than a skin. Wikipedia on the other hand happens to think that a skin is more than a theme.
A Skin is More
“Although often used simply as a synonym for skin, the term theme normally refers to less-complex customisations, such as a set of icons and matching colour scheme for an operating system.” — Wikpedia
It is rather obvious to John H. Gohde that each group is trying to feather their own nest. Except for the fact that the WordPress developers are clearly too stupid to know what the correct name is for their own nest. Too gutless to call it a skin, they could have at least called it a theme. Anything but appearance, that is for sure.