Improving our theme previews

As many of you may, or may not, have noticed there are currently over two thousand themes available in the repository. I think that is amazing. Seriously, huge thanks to all those that have contributed not only their time but their efforts as well.

One thing I noticed some time ago was the mentioning of the theme previews. I can’t recall where it was brought up but I do recall it mentioned that it wasn’t the greatest preview of a theme, or themes really. I do hate to admit it but it is fairly true. The current preview is lacking on some things.

One of the things being post formats. Currently the theme preview is just a few posts and a few pages. I think we can do a little better now. I’ve brought up a ticket a few times: #30 in the Meta trac.

Here are some of the things I think we can not only improve upon but can contribute to.

  • Sample data
  • Images
  • Video
  • Audio

Data

Simple and to the point. We need posts and plenty of them. How about quick little tidbits like how to set up a front page, or changing the image header. Doesn’t have to be huge.

Images

Galleries. Sliders. Single images. We need more boats!! Okay not really but if you have them it would be awesome.

Videos

I think we can find a way to contribute a few videos here and there. I know there are some themes that have video format support and I would love to be able to accent that in some way.

Audio

I’m thinking podcasters and maybe musicians.

So there you have it. Let’s discuss!

#community, #discussion, #discussion-topic, #wporg

I’ve made a few changes to the theme up…

I’ve made a few changes to the theme uploader tool. There shouldn’t be any visible changes, but email me if anything looks weird on the next few theme tickets. Thanks!

(It’s mostly just prep work for proper child theme support, nothing of special interest.)

#wporg