Getting Started at a Contributor Day

Welcome to the Themes Team

This section is intended to guide you through different ways that you can contribute to the Themes Team and contribute to making WordPress themes better.

If you need any help at any time you can always ask the contribution day lead or organizer and you always find people to ask on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at at #themereview.

This section is a work in progress. Most of the documentation is related to how to do theme reviews. The team is hoping to extend the documentation in the future, as there are many other ways to contribute.

Don’t be afraid to amend the document or leave comments, particularly if you’re at a contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. and find that we’ve missed something.

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What is the themes team?

We are the humans that check every theme that goes onto the 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. theme directory.
See more under the “What do we do?” section below.

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Who are the team?

You can find out more about the team here and meet the members here.

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Why get involved?

There are many reasons why it’s important to get involved in the themes team, not only to review themes. WordPress themes are changing fast with the introduction of 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 and site editing. The Themes Team helps increase awareness of the changes and members of the team actively work on bug fixes and changes related to block themes.

If you are a theme developer, reviewing themes raises your game, helps you improve your skills, and lets you get exposure to a lot of code. Being a theme reviewer is a win-win situation. You get to give back, but you also get to improve your own skills and learn how to create themes correctly.

The Themes Team keeps alive the valuable resource of the free theme directory. Without the themes team, the directory wouldn’t be a place people could go to download themes. Quite simply, we keep it alive.

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Why do we need reviewers?

Having your theme in the directory is desirable, so there is always a need for reviewers. Humans can catch things machines can’t, that is simply why we need people to become theme reviewers.

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What do we do?

We review themes. Every theme that gets uploaded has a theme reviewer assigned and we run it through a series of tests. We check that the theme works, that there are 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. errors, and that the theme is secure. No theme is able to go onto the theme directory until it has met these requirements.

The Themes Team:

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Keeping in touch

As a team, we have a few ways we keep in touch.

  • We use Slack and our channel is #themereview. You can find out more about Slack here.
  • We have a weekly meeting every second Tuesday at 15:00 UTC in #themereview on Slack.
  • We use the team blog for all our updates and frequently post articles there. We advise all new members to subscribe to this blog.

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Prior Knowledge

You do not need any previous experience to contribute to the Themes team. We simply ask you to have a willingness to learn. There are a few skills we always encourage people to work on though as that makes contributing easier:

  • The ability to test.
  • Theme structure knowledge.
  • HTMLHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites., CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site., 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., and basic PHP skills.
  • Knowledge about licensing
  • Knowledge about GitGit Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. Most modern plugin and theme development is being done with this version control system. or 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.

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What to work on during a contributor day

If you are organizing a contributor day there are several things you can choose to work on:

We continue to add useful resources and you can find them here.

Preparing for contributor day (WCEU 2019 post)

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