Call for experimental themes

Experimental themes are themes that may not fit under the current theme requirements but have exceptional code quality and a unique idea and / or niche.

The theme directory has always welcomed special case themes, but the process has not been well known.

The team would now like to officially call for experimental themes. So show us your best, funniest and weirdest!

Communication is key:

To be able to submit a special case theme, you need to present your idea and the theme itself to the Themes team before you submit your theme.

You can leave a comment on this post or reach out in the #themereview SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel.

If we love our idea, you will be allowed to submit a blank theme (that passes the checks made by the uploader). The moderators will perform some magic in the admin area of the directory, and will let you know when you can submit the experimental theme.

The theme will be placed in the same review queue as the other themes but will be reviewed by the moderators.

Examples of special case themes:

Themes using the WordPress REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”)

JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. based themes.

Exceptional 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. based themes (full site editing).

Exceptional niche themes.

Something hilarious.

What is not a special case theme:

Themes that only include a custom post typeCustom Post Type WordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. like portfolio, testimonials and similar that are already well covered by plugins.

Basic one page themes or basic multipurpose themes without a particular niche.

A theme submitted only to avoid specific requirements, but without a real purpose.


Be 100% GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. compatible, be secure, no PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. or JS errors, no obtrusive upsell. Only one theme by the same author can be submitted to the queue at the time.