Themes Team Meeting Notes – June 28, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on June 14, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. 

Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

  • 407 tickets were opened
  • 553 tickets were closed:
    • 386 tickets were made live.
      • 22 new Themes were made live.
      • 364 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 165 tickets were not-approved.
    • 2 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 3

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 Stats 

2. Locally host webfonts files

We had a lengthy discussion about the best way to address remotely hosted fonts. Although no decision was made,  @colorful-tones suggests offering education and awareness of general font usage in themes meantime. 

@greenshady also see more of an approach that is educational first.  He said, “The Web Fonts APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. is still not completely finished yet either. Having a finished API in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. goes a long way toward making it the standard/required method of including fonts”.

@pbking added “I believe that as it currently stands ANY font (or really any resource) leveraged from a CDN has the potential to be effected by the GDPR. Fonts hosted locally, no matter the ultimate origin, shouldn’t.”

@poena also agree with slowing down a bit. She said, “For each theme developer to spend effort and time on a temporary solution is wasted.”

For now, themes team would like to keep this as recommendation. We request all theme authors to load fonts locally rather then CDN.

You can read the full conversation here.

3. Open floor

At the beginning of this year, we set our goal to reach 500 block themes in 2022, but things are moving a little slower than we anticipate. We discussed the issues and challenges when creating a block theme.

@Pratik Kinage shared his user’s feedback addressing  the lack of customization. @colorful-tones shared the concern regarding the lack of version control.  @colorful-tones also discussed his concerns related to WooCommerce. 

If you have any specific issues or like to share your feedback, feel free to reach us at #themereview slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel or leave your comment below.

Increase block theme exposure on the theme repository
This ticket addresses a way to give block themes more exposure on the theme directory. #6330  Give some priority to Block themes(FSE themes) in the WordPress themes repository

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