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Eiad says

Is admin panel needed for WP Theme?

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LubosVolovar says

You mean Theme Options panel? I am not sure if it is required, but how your clients will customize your theme without it?

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DistinctiveThemes says

Up untill recently, I would have said yes

But you really dont :) WP gives you everything need in the customizer IMO

If you think an admin area will help your particular theme however, then go for it! But be sure to add it for usefulness not just because everyone else does – no one needs a page full of options they just wont need

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Smartik says

I can answer your question with another question: Does your theme really need an admin panel?

Sometimes it is not required at all or if the WP Customizer can cover all this. An admin panel is required if you add some functionallity to your theme, but sometimes these functions should be in plugins and never in themes. So think twice before making a decision. :)

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fillerspace says

Does a smartphone need a touchscreen? The answer is no, but if all the competing products have one, you will be at a marketing disadvantage if you don’t include something comparable or better.

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