Getting Started at a Contributor Day

Welcome to theme reviews. This section is intended guide you through what it is to be a theme reviewer and into your first review. If you need any help at any time you can always ask the contribution day lead or organiser and you always find it on Slack at #themereview.

This page is a work in progress. Don’t be afraid to amend the document or leave comments, particularly if you’re at a contributor day and find that we’ve missed something.

What is the theme review team? What is the theme review team?

We are the humans that check every theme that goes onto the theme directory.

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Who are the team? Who are the team?

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

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Why do we need reviewers? 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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Why get involved? Why get involved?

There are many reasons it’s important to get involved in theme reviewing. If you are a theme developer it raises your game, it helps you improve your skills and lets you get exposure to a lot of code. It also keeps alive the valuable resource of the free theme directory. Without the theme review team, the directory wouldn’t be a place people could go to download themes. Quite simply, we keep it alive.

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.

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What do we do? 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. These tests fall into 2 sections:

  • Required: No theme is able to go onto the theme directory until it has met all these requirements.
  • Recommended: These are best practices but will not prevent a theme from going into the directory.

We also encourage reviewers to add notes about design and other not recommended items.

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Keeping in touch 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 on Tuesday at 18:00 UTC in #themereview on Slack.
  • We use this 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 Prior Knowledge

You do not need any previous experience to become a theme reviewer. We simply ask you have a willingness to learn. There are a few skills we always encourage people to work on though as that makes your reviewing easier:

  • The ability to test.
  • Theme structure knowledge.
  • HTML, CSS, JavaScript and basic PHP skills.

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Getting involved Getting involved

Becoming a theme reviewer is easy! You can simply follow the steps here.

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Doing the review Doing the review

Becoming a theme reviewer.

How to do a review

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Resources Resources

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