Update on THX38

Things have been in motion for the themes project. I’ve been working on making the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party prototype ready for some initial testing. It’s looking like this:

@shaunandrews ran a test with it, and here’s the video.

Compared to how bad last test went, it’s pretty cool to see the dramatic effect the “add new theme” blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. had. (Also helped by the removal of the tabbed interface and extra information.) The user grasped immediately that she was seeing some themes that were already available to her blog, and how she could add more. Fairly straightforward, which is all this test was about.

Then, of course, as soon as she got to the filters page everything went down again, but we already expected that — still good to have one more test showing the same fundamental problem there.


On last Tuesday’s meeting we discussed the different mockups that were shared so far, apart from the plugin ones.

  • Shaun: http://cl.ly/image/0p3Z2y3r0U14/o
  • Emil: http://index56.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/quick-draft.png
  • Paal Joachim: http://easywebdesigntutorials.com/wp-content/uploads/Theme-Browser-Mockup-1024×704.jpg

It seems we have mostly two directions to try for themes.php. The one the plugin is building (simplify the screens, remove the tabs, but keep a distinction between “your themes” screen and “installing new ones”), and one that merges installing new themes with your currently installed themes on the same screen. As a quick analogy, themes.php as your apps folder, or themes.php as an app store. Another possible outcome is that this screen could render a specific experience for new users alone.

Shaun is polishing his prototype so we can test it. We argued that it would be hard to know which of these two was the better one, since we would also need to test with people that already have a bunch of themes installed and don’t care much about the discovering new ones part. But having some insight is still good.

Finally, we talked briefly about multi-screenshot support. The plugin has a proof of concept implementation, showing the screenshots on the expanded view of a theme as a gallery. To test it, add a screenshot-2.png image to the root of a theme (up to five). Also relevant coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. ticket: #19816.

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