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  • Tammie 6:09 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink |  

    Survey results: using themes from WordPress.org 

    This is the last of 3 posts summarising the recent surveys and looks at what it’s like using themes from WordPress.org.

    Total responses: 140

    Question one: Have you downloaded a theme from the WordPress.org theme directory?


    Question two: Tell us about your experience downloading themes from the WordPress.org theme directory. Was it easy to install? Were you able to set up the theme? What kind of obstacles did you face setting up the theme? Did you do a lot of customization?

    Summary: Mostly people found it easy and simple, but the biggest issues are not looking like demo/preview and customization.


    Question three: Have you downloaded more than one theme from WordPress.org?


    Question four: Where did you download your theme?


    Question five: Did you view the theme demo before downloading the theme?


    Comments from question five:

    Summary: we have some big issues with the demo and preview looking not as expected.


    You can also view the full results here in a pdf.

    • Andre 6:35 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The one thing that appears to be disconcerting is the “demo preview” aspects of the theme details page in the directory. I feel it’s been a liability and does not do a theme justice. I’ve suggested in the past that the theme’s preview should be a direct link to an actual theme demo website to give the potential user a much better representation of what the theme’s capabilities are. If it was even possible, the theme submitter could have the option to use the directory preview button, or an actual demo website instead. It would at least solve the problem of the relation between the theme’s screenshot (which is usually based on a live demo version), and a preview of the theme in all of its glory.

    • Dovy Paukstys 7:49 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes, the theme preview should be visible to see the use case for a blog setup, but I almost promise that every theme dev will use their own demos (if permitted) and then the theme preview will be hardly used at all.

      You just can’t showcase your product in a box. That’s all there is to it. Anyone who’s ever sold a product knows that it’s all about the customized presentation. :)

      • usability.idealist 8:03 pm on June 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        why .. they are already doing that 😉

        there is this hackish kind of way of “demo content injection”, which helps pimping up the regular, rather boring, demo content the theme preview is using.

        cu, w0lf.

      • Carolina Nymark 2:32 am on June 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sure you can, just keep it in mind when you build the theme. It’s just code right, so adapt it.

  • Tammie 6:09 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink |  

    Survey results: directory 

    This is the 2nd summary post for our recent surveys and looks at the theme directory.

    Total responses: 206

    Question one: When you’re starting a new site, do you most frequently use a theme you…

    Summary: Most have used the theme previously, find from repo or seller.


    Responses for other:


    Question two: When looking for a theme in the WordPress.org theme repository, do you…

    Summary: most use the feature filter or browse.


    Question three: When using the feature filter on the WordPress.org theme repository, which feature filters do you often use?

    Summary: if using the filter people look for featured or layout.


    Question four: If you search for themes using the “color” filter, which colors do you most often search for?

    Summary: this isn’t used really.


    Question five: If you search for themes using the “columns” filter, which layouts do you most often search for?

    Summary: this also isn’t used much, when it is columns are what are searched for.



    Question six: If you search for themes using the “layout” filter, which layouts do you most often search for?

    Summary: responsive wins but a lot.


    Question seven: If you search for themes using the “features” filter, which features do you most often search for?

    Summary: custom header, menus and featured images are top features.


    Question eight: If you search for themes using the “subject” filter, which subjects do you most often search for?

    Summary: this isn’t used.


    Question nine: If you use keywords to search for themes in the WordPress.org theme repo, which keywords do you most often search for? (Leave blank if you don’t use keywords to search)

    Summary: The keywords that win are simple and business.


    Question ten: From most (highest) to least (lowest), what do you look for when searching for a new theme? (not that many responded)

    This last question was weighted to get the highest/lowest order.

    Summary: How the theme looks is most important (updated info with better chart as was in order on PollDaddy).


    You can view more in a detailed pdf here.

    • Dovy Paukstys 7:46 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Take away, I think, is that every theme SHOULD be responsive or they shouldn’t be in the directory. It’s sad that we even have to filter them. That should be a given requirement.

      Obvious that people are looking at the popular and featured themes primarily. This should be highlighted on the main page and will always be the case.

      The problem with features being the #1 search filter, is the move for all custom content moving to plugins is, by nature, a move away from features. Interesting that is what people searched for…

      Color – Themes should just permit any color, hehe. That’s pretty obvious, but white and clean win out for the WP.org searches.

      The subject filter should be removed, as it’s obviously not useful.

      • Tammie 11:38 am on June 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Features in this context is custom header, background – that type of thing. Built in WordPress features.

    • @mercime 2:48 am on June 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Re Subject Filter – perhaps instead of removing this filter, add some more descriptive terms like: Magazine, Ecommerce (for themes which support Woocommerce, EDD, etc), Forums (those with support for bbPress or other forum software), Social Network, Multiple Authors, etc.

  • Tammie 6:09 pm on June 22, 2015 Permalink |  

    Survey results: review 

    This is the first of 3 posts summarising the recent surveys. Thanks to everyone that has sent in results.

    I’m going to go through each question and at the end you can also download a pdf of all the results with more information.

    Total responses: 60

    Question one: Have you had a theme reviewed by the Theme Review Team?


    Question two: What can we start doing to make the theme review process better for you?

    Top things we can improve: review time, automate, better communication.


    Question three: What are the toughest obstacles to getting a your theme launched?

    Top things we can improve: review time, consistency, documentation


    If you would like to see the results in more depth here is a pdf.

  • Tammie 10:45 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink |  

    Theme review team weekly meeting notes

    The logs are here:

    Points from meeting:

    • Recent duplicate theme issue was talked about as raised by @otto42.
    • Proposed change: props @poena: Upload becomes ‘Add your theme’
    • Force theme uri field to be unique. Disallow same uri from being uploaded again
    • @karmatosed will make a meta ticket.
    • There will be no meeting this Thursday.
    • The doing_it_wrong theme and theme unit test are not our focus currently. Github is a good place to still add tickets though.
    • @grapplerulrich a link in the admin bar so long as not spammy we decided is valid.
    • The first meeting in July we will be a planning one.
  • Chip Bennett 1:44 pm on June 15, 2015 Permalink |  

    Customizer Code Examples on GitHub 

    As was discussed in previous meetings, we have begun work on the Theme Review Team’s GitHub repository to build a library of code examples. The first area to tackle is example Customizer code, which currently includes examples for adding panels, sections, settings, basic core controls, specialized core text controls (email, URL, etc.), advanced core controls (color control, image control), and an example custom control (radio image).

    We will continue to add to the library, including more examples of custom controls, and more advanced examples, such as postMessage and other JavaScript fun, modifying the style of the Customizer panel, and others as suggested/requested.

    Suggestions, requests, questions, and pull requests welcome!

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