Theme Review Improvements

Over the course of the last year, community members from the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. team and the theme review team have been working together, testing new ways to make theme reviews quicker and easier without compromising the quality of themes in the directory. We improved existing tools, added new tools, opened up direct SVNSVN Apache Subversion (often abbreviated SVN, after its command name svn) is a software versioning and revision control system. Software developers use Subversion to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). WordPress core and the released code are all centrally managed through SVN. commits, and audited theme review rules. As a result, the average time for themes to be reviewed has decreased:

PeriodAvg Days to ReviewChange
2020 January129
2021 January6053% Decrease
2022 January590% Decrease

Note: Changes in theme upload numbers are not really statistically relevant.

What’s next?

Improving developer experience and simplifying the theme review process is an ongoing process and requires active participation from theme authors and contributors. If you are interested in contributing, follow the theme blog, join the slack chat or participate in the appropriate code repository (listed below).

Also, in order to make better, data-driven decisions, we have created a theme review stats page that will help us track how long it’s taking for theme reviews to complete and some other related theme information.

I want to thank @poena @kafleg and all the members of the Theme Review team who participated!