We are a group of volunteers who review and approve themes submitted to be included in the official WordPress Theme directory.
We do license, security, and code quality reviews.
We help build and maintain default themes.
The primary focus of the team is to help theme authors transition to blockBlockBlock 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.
The review duration varies. Each theme is reviewed manually, line by line, so there is no precise timeframe on when your theme will be reviewed. Themes are reviewed on a first come first serve basis, you can keep track of your themes position in the queue here:
Yes. Any plugins that are recommended must be from the WordPress.orgWordPress.orgThe 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. https://wordpress.org/pluginPluginA plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party repository. Plugins from 3rd party sites or bundling plugins directly with the theme is not permitted.
The theme must work fully without the need to install any recommended plugins. Moreover, recommended plugins should be relevant and integrated somehow to your theme. Adding plugins in the recommended list just for advertising purpose is not allowed.
Theme authors should ensure they understand every single line of their code. There is currently no automated method to detect strings that need to be made translation ready, as such please review your code line by line to detect such issues.
There are a number of plugins that can be used to aid in this task (e.g. Pig Latin). However, such plugins should not be seen as an alternative to manually reviewing your theme code in full.
If there is no response from the assigned reviewer for 48 hours, you are free to contact a team moderator either in-ticket or via SlackSlackSlack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. in the #themereview channel. Abandoned tickets will be returned back to the review queue giving the opportunity for a new reviewer to continue the review.
If you do not agree with reviewers feedback you are free to request a second opinion for confirmation on whether the issue is genuine or not. Please pingPingThe act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.”a team moderator in the ticket.
Themes can be updated in the same way as a new theme submission. Please login to your WordPress account and navigate to wordpress.org/themes/upload. You can upload your theme as normal.
When uploading your theme please ensure that the version number is higher than the version currently in the repository. The update will be set live shortly after submission and is not manually reviewed. Regardless, your theme must comply with the latest WordPress guidelines. Circumventing guidelines through abuse of the automated review for updates may result in theme suspensions.
The exceptions are themes that have not been updated in two years. These themes are manually reviewed before they go live. Remember that all themes, even old ones, need to follow the current requirements.
Comment in the most recent ticket for your theme cc’ing a team representative to request your theme to be removed from the repository. Alternatively, please contact a team representative in the #themereview channel on Slack. You can find team representatives here.
Tickets can be updated when in the admin a queue. However, it is discouraged as the final reviewer may need to review your entire theme again. Additionally, a new ticket will be created recognizing the update as a new submission. This will not impact your position in the review queue, as the final reviewer will pick the ticket from the admin queue as normal.
According to “one active ticket per author” rule effective from 23 August 2016, an author is allowed to have only one active tickets in the system. Author cannot submit new theme until their earlier ticket is closed as either not-approved or set live.
If your theme is in the review queue, you can add the tag to the style.css file. It will then be placed in a queue that is specific for accessibilityAccessibilityAccessibility (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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) reviews.
If your theme is live, you can only add the accessibility-ready tag once your theme passes an accessibility review. To request a review, ping one of the team representatives in your themes latest TracTracTrac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. ticket, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or request a review via the themereview Slack chat.
Anyone can pick a ticket for review, if you don’t have the permission level to assign a ticket to yourself please simply pick the first theme in the queue and make a comment pinging a team lead requesting that the ticket be assigned to yourself.
Tickets should always be picked from the top of the following queue:
If you find any problem in the live theme in the directory, you can ping theme author and inform about the issue. To do this follows the steps below:
Go to theme page in the directory.
In the right sidebarSidebarA sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme., you can find “Trac Tickets” link under “Browser the Code” section.
You will see list of trac tickets of the theme.
Find the latest version ticket and post your comment there.
You can also use the report button in the theme directory. The message is then sent to the team representatives.