Themes Team Meeting Notes – January 4, 2022.

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great holiday! 
This is the meeting notes from the themes review team discussion on January 4, 2022. This is a rescheduled meeting from 12/28/21. The themes team regularly meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC

You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. A Year in the themes  – 2021

In 2021, 1,227 new themes were added to the theme directory. Among them, 29 themes are block themes. Thanks to  all the theme authors who contributed. 

  • 16,816 tickets were opened
  • 17,053 tickets were closed:
    • 16,111 tickets were made live.
      • 1,227 new Themes were made live.
      • 14,884 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 902 tickets were not-approved.
    • 40 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

2. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. See this week’s updates here in the past 7 days,

  • 263 tickets were opened
  • 266 tickets were closed:
    • 256 tickets were made live.
      • 28 new Themes were made live.
      • 228 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 10 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 6

3. Encouraging theme authors for more 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. themes

During the meeting, the themes team discussed how we can encourage the theme authors to start building block themes. @acosmin suggested creating a special tab on the theme directory. 

We also discussed limiting the number of child themeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. submissions per author. Although we have not received any feedback from users, a large number of similar child themes are causing a lack of variation in designs on the theme directory. @peona addressed that once the new theme review automation is implemented, the theme review will move away from manual review to user-oriented flags/badges system. As a result, the “flooding” of child themes will become irrelevant.

We will continue with the discussion on the next meeting on January 11, 2022.  

4. Open floor 

Theme Handbook Update:
We are working on updating the Theme Handbook. Releasing Your Theme and Required Theme Files have been updated so far. We will be adding references and links to the Block theme throughout the Theme Handbook to promote block themes.

Noteworthy Update: 

WordPress 5.9 will officially introduce the first block theme, Twenty Twenty-Two. Twenty Twenty-Two can be a great resource If you are interested in building a block theme. Explore GitHub Twenty Twenty-Two repo to find out how the block theme is built. If you are looking for a boilerplate for your first block theme, you can find a starter block theme, Empty Theme in the theme-experiments bundle.

Find more information about building block themes at the following links.

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