WordPress 3.5 Guidelines Revisions

It is that time of year again: with the upcoming release of WordPress 3.5, the Theme Review Team conducts its periodic review of the Theme Review Guidelines, and proposes any changes, either as necessitated by the new WordPress version, or otherwise as-needed.

The 3.5 release has little impact on Themes, and as such will be mostly invisible to Theme developers. One minor change will be support for HiDPI (i.e. “Retina”) screenshots. If there are any other 3.5-related changes that we need to account for, please post in the comments.

Here is the starting point for the discussion regarding changes to the Guidelines:

  • Change Theme Screenshot (screenshot.png) maximum dimensions from 300x225px to 600x450px. (Fixed per comment below)
  • New guideline under presentation-vs-functionality: Themes must not bundle custom post-content shortcodes
  • Change guideline: reduce criticality for Content Sidebar feature from required to recommended. (Themes would still be required to implement core Settings API if Theme incorporates content sidebar feature.)
  • Change criticality of add_theme_support( ‘automatic-feed-links’ ) from required to recommended. (Modified per comments below)

Please discuss in the comments, and recommend any additions or changes to these proposed Guidelines revisions.