Getting to know the requirements

This is step 7 of our onboarding guide to becoming a reviewer

For a theme to be added to the Theme Directory, the theme must:

  • be GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. compatible.
  • be secure.
  • be free of 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. or JS notices.
  • not be in conflict with plugins (e.g. prefixing).
  • be translation ready.
  • use WordPress functions, hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same., filters and libraries.
  • not do anything illegal, dishonest, or morally offensive.

These are the basics, but the list of requirements is much longer than that.

The important thing to remember is that you are not expected to know or remember every requirement. No one can do that, not even experienced reviewers and theme authors.

But it is important to know where to find the requirements, where to find the code reference, and where to ask questions.

Please browse through the requirements to get a better idea of the expectations that we have on the themes:

Whenever you have a question about how a function, hook or filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. works, always refer to the official code reference:

And when you need help, you can ask other reviewers and theme authors on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at, in the #themereview channel.