Theme Review Team Intro

Hi, I’m Chip Bennett, team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. for the Theme Review Team (TRT or WPTRT). The purpose of the TRT is to review and approve Themes to be hosted in the official WordPress Theme Directory, and to define and to maintain the guidelines for Theme review/approval.

The TRT currently has 3 administrators, and around 75 reviewers.


The TRT welcomes and actively solicits contributions from the Theme developer community at-large (here’s how you can join us!). Reviewing Themes has a bit of a learning curve, and full reviews can take a non-trivial amount of time, so most of the Reviewers have only completed a handful of reviews (and we think that’s great; every contribution, no matter how big or how small, is important).

The official TRT home is the Make/Themes website, the official Theme Review guidelines and Theme Unit Tests live in the Codex, and Theme Review tickets live in Themes-Trac.

The TRT has several objectives:

  • Timely review and approval of Themes. This is, of course, our primary objective.
  • Overall improvement of quality of Themes hosted in the official directory
  • Overall improvement of the reputation/perception of the official Theme directory, and more widespread adoption of searching for free Themes first and primarily in the official directory
  • To provide an educational resource for Theme developers
  • To build/foster a sense of community among Theme developers
  • To build/encourage consensus regarding Theme development best practices

WPCSWordPress Community Support A public benefit corporation and a subsidiary of the WordPress Foundation, established in 2016. Action Items:

  • Develop a “checklist” style list of guidelines, to facilitate completion of Theme reviews
  • Consolidate more information directly into the Make/Themes site, to provide an easier means for Theme developers and new reviewers to find that information

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