The Theme Directory gets a refresh and is now powered by blocks

Over the past few weeks, 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 has been working on a new theme for the Theme Directory, which is now powered by blocks. This visual refresh is part of the continued effort to establish a consistent design language across The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. The updated site launched today. Congratulations to everyone involved in this effort.

With this update, the site now uses a block child theme alongside the shared parent theme, setting the stage for future improvements. The primary changes involved converting everything to blocks and standardizing the layout, typography, and colors. Additionally, the theme previewer was updated to include style variations and patterns registered by the theme. This update builds on the launch of the Plugin and Pattern directories introduced in April.

Here’s a look at the new homepage, followed by a single theme page, the theme previewer, and the updated theme filters.

The updated homepage versus the previous design.
The updated single theme layout versus the previous design.
The updated single theme previewer versus the previous design. Note the theme style variations and patterns.
The new theme filters versus the previous design.

When navigating the new theme, you will notice a few minor functional changes. For example, the homepage no longer includes a “Load more themes” button. Pagination is used instead, which also improves accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( This is a result of rearchitecting the site using a 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. theme and incorporating as many coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. WordPress blocks as possible, the Query block in this case. Previously, the Theme Directory was powered by a Backbone.js application, which was difficult to maintain and inconsistent with other directories on

Next steps

The Theme Directory refresh is now live for and all foreign-language sites (Rosetta sites). Some translation work may need to be done for each locale, and that can be managed in the WordPress Theme Directory project.

It’s important to reiterate that this refresh was not a complete redesign. The aesthetic and architectural updates in this iteration purposefully did not alter how the Theme Directory works at a fundamental level. Future updates should build on this work and address the functional changes requested by the community.

If you find any issues or have suggestions for improvements, please add a ticket to the issues queue on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. or add a discussion item.

Finally, if you are interested in additional updates coming to and want to contribute, make sure to join the #website-redesign SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. Thanks!

Props to @ryelle, @joen, @cbringmann, and @laurlittle for reviewing this post and providing feedback.