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    • The WordPress Theme Repository
      Chip Bennett, WordCamp Kansas City, 11 June 2011
      Developing, submitting, and finding the best free WordPress Themes
    • The WordPress Theme Repository
      Audience
      Developers? End Users?
      How long using WordPress?
      Agenda
      What is the WordPress Theme Repository?
      Why the WordPress Theme Repository?
      Developing a Repository-hosted Theme
      Submitting a Repository-hosted Theme
      Finding a Repository-hosted Theme
      Open Forum
      Feedback, criticism, and ideas for the WordPress Theme Repository: Themes, quality, Guidelines, review process
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    • What is the WordPress Theme Repository?
      A description and brief history of the Repository
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:What is the WordPress Theme Repository?
      The official WordPress.org directory of free WordPress Themes.
      Timeline:
      Jul 2008: Theme Repository Opens
      Dec 2008: WordPress 2.7 Introduces Theme Updates from WP Admin Interface
      Dec 2008: 200 Themes Purged From Repository
      Jun 2009: WordPress 2.8 Introduces Theme Repository Browsing from WP Admin Interface
      Jun 2010: Formation of Theme Review Team
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    • Why the WordPress Theme Repository?
      How the Repository benefits both WordPress end users and Theme developers
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Why the WordPress Theme Repository?
      End Users
      Convenience:
      Integrated into WP-Admin backend – search, install, updates
      Quality:
      Reviewed by real, live human beings
      Comprehensive Guidelines ensure high quality and support for core WordPress features and functionality
      Reliability/Freedom
      No malicious code or link spam
      No bogus attribution-link requirements
      No encrypted footers or any other encrypted code
      100% GPL or GPL-compatible
      You cannot find this combination anywhere else in the world!
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Why the WordPress Theme Repository?
      Developers
      Automatic Updates
      Exposure
      Integrated into WP-Admin backend
      WordPress 3.1 has been downloaded more than 12 million timeshttp://wordpress.org/download/counter/
      Built-in support mechanism
      WordPress.org Support Forum integration
      Great way to give back to the community!
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    • Developing a Repository-Hosted Theme
      What Theme developers should know about developing Themes to be hosted in the Repository
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Developing a Repository-Hosted Theme
      Setup Test Environment
      Latest WordPress version (including betas and release candidates)
      wp-config.php: set WP_DEBUG to TRUE
      Plugins: Theme Check, Log Deprecated Notices, Debug Bar, FixPress, WordPress Beta Tester
      Theme Review Guidelines
      Ensure Theme code meets guidelines for code quality, functionality, data security, licensing, naming, credit links, documentation, etc.
      Theme Unit Tests
      Install Theme Unit Test Data
      Ensure Theme meets guidelines for output and display of content
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Theme Review Guidelines
      Quality
      Why “Quality”?
      “The goal of the theme directory is not to list every theme in the world, it's to list the best ones. We want a reasonable number of themes we can point to that embody the best and brightest of WordPress development, and that users can choose without compromise.” – Matt Mullenweg
      What is “Quality”?
      The current Theme Review Guidelines can be summarized into five main areas:
      Licensing, Credit Links, and Security
      Code and Markup Standards Compliance and Best Practices
      WordPress Functionality and Feature Support
      WordPress Best Practices
      Theme Front-End Display
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Theme Review Guidelines - Quality
      Licensing, Credit Links, and Security
      Why?
      Non-negotiable; protect end-user data and freedoms
      Abuse of these issues is the original, and remains the primary, reason for Theme review
      Licensing
      100% GPL-compatible. Period.
      Credit Links
      Reasonable, accurate, appropriate
      Security
      No malicious code or exploits
      (Yes, sadly, we still get people attempting to submit Themes with these)
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Theme Review Guidelines - Quality
      Code and Markup Standards Compliance and Best Practices
      Why?
      “Low-hanging fruit”, for the most part
      Encourage intentional code, rather than copy-pasta reliance
      Demonstrate purpose/pride in work, attention to detail
      HTML/CSS validation
      High-level review: major issues only
      PHP/JS Errors and Notices
      Clean, quiet output
      Deprecated WordPress Functions
      Maintain forward-compatibility
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Theme Review Guidelines - Quality
      WordPress Functionality and Feature Support
      Why?
      Ensure consistent user experience among Themes
      Expose full power/potential of WordPress to end users
      Leverage work of WordPress developer community, rather than “reinventing the wheel” for functionality
      Required Functionality
      Intentionally short list: Comments, Widgets
      Recommended Features
      Not required to be implemented, but if they are, must support core WordPress functionality: Navigation Menus, Post Thumbnails, Post Formats, Custom Header Images, Custom Backgrounds, Visual Editor Style, etc.
      Optional Features
      Everything else
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Theme Review Guidelines - Quality
      WordPress Best Practices
      Why?
      Helps ensure interoperability between Themes and Plugins, and future compatibility with WordPress core
      Facilitates use of Repository as resource for new developers
      Code practices
      Naming convention/prefixing
      Support for most recent WordPress version
      Forward-compatibility, cleanup of deprecated code, not encouraging use of obsolete versions of WordPress
      Use of core functions, hooks, template tags, and styles
      Plugin compatibility, facilitate child-theming, consistent user experience
      Use of standard Theme template files
      Must be used appropriately. At a minimum: index.php, style.css, screenshot.png, comments.php
      Theme documentation
      Anything out of the ordinary must be documented, so end users know how to use the Theme properly
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Theme Review Guidelines - Quality
      Theme Front-End Display
      Why?
      Ensures consistent experience for site visitors, and that user data are displayed as expected
      Theme Unit Test Data
      Standard data set tests all major WordPress features and content types
      Implementation and content, not aesthetics
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    • Submitting a Theme
      De-mystifying the process of Theme submission, review, and approval
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme
      Resources
      WordPress.org Theme Uploader
      Themes Subversion (SVN)
      Themes-Trac
      WordPress.org Extend/Themes
      WordPress Theme Review Team (WPTRT)
      Process
      Prepare/Upload Theme Package (developer)
      Generate Theme-Trac ticket (SVN/Trac)
      Theme Review/Approval (WPTRT reviewers)
      Synchronize SVN with Extend (WPTRT admins)
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Resources
      WordPress.org Theme Uploader
      Only way to submit Theme to the Repository
      (No SVN-commit access for themes.svn, at least, not yet)
      Includes several automated scripts/tests
      Synchronized with Theme Check Plugin
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Resources
      Themes SVN
      Where uploaded Theme files are stored, after the Theme ZIP archive is unpacked by the Theme uploader
      Perpetual repository: files are never deleted, except for extraordinarily egregious reasons
      SVN-checkout access
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Resources
      Themes-Trac
      Theme Review ticketing/tracking system
      Uploader assigns each uploaded Theme a new ticket
      Theme Review process takes place within Trac tickets
      Theme Review progress tracked via Trac reports
      Theme developers can post comments using WPORG login credentials
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Resources
      WordPress.org Extend/Themes
      Front-end for access/download of Repository-hosted Themes
      Heavily-moddedbbPress install
      Must be manually synchronized with SVN after Theme is approved in Trac
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Resources
      WordPress Theme Review Team (WPTRT)
      Who are they?
      All-volunteer team of WordPress community members
      Mostly self-directing, under the WPORG umbrella
      Varying degrees of WordPress experience/expertise
      Undergo training period before gaining ticket resolution/closure privileges
      What is their purpose?
      Review and approve Theme tickets as quickly and as completely as possible
      Provide an educational resource for the WordPress Theme Developer community
      Encourage and establish community standards for Theme quality and best practices
      Anyone can get involved, and anyone interested is encouraged to do so!
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Process
      Prepare/Upload Theme (Developer)
      Remove any extraneous files (.git or .svn directories, MACOSX files, backup files, etc)
      Compress the Theme as a ZIP file (the name of the file does not matter; it is re-packaged by SVN after being uploaded)
      Upload the ZIP file, using the WordPress.org Uploader.
      Generate Trac Ticket (SVN/Trac)
      If the uploader script finds no warning or required issues, the Theme is uploaded, and Trac ticket generated.
      Note: ensure that your Themes-Trac user profile includes an email address, so that you receive automated notification emails
      If the uploader script does find such issues, the upload fails, and the script returns a report of all detected issues
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Process
      Theme Review/Approval (WPTRT reviewers)
      A WPTRT Reviewer assigns himself the Trac ticket, and proceeds with the review.
      Any issues noted during the review are listed in a comment to the Trac ticket.
      Noted issues are indicated as either REQUIRED (must be fixed for Theme approval) or RECOMMENDED.
      Some Reviewers will attach screenshots to help clarify Theme issues, or may give additional information, suggestions, etc.
      If the Theme has any REQUIRED issues, the ticket is closed as “not-approved”. Otherwise, the ticket is closed as “approved”.
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Submitting a Theme: Process
      Synchronize SVN with Extend (WPTRT admins)
      When a Trac ticket is closed, the version of the Theme included in the ticket must be synchronized with Extend.
      Approved Themes are synchronized as “approved”
      Not-Approved (or Newer-Version-Uploaded) Themes are synchronized as “old”
      This synchronization is a manual process, usually performed by a WPTRT admin at least once per day
      Once a Theme is synchronized as “approved”, it becomes the version available for download in Extend.
      Note: Extend is comprised of several servers; due to caching, it may take some time for the new version to propagate
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    • Finding a Repository-Hosted Theme
      What end users should know about searching for Themes hosted in the Repository
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Finding a Repository-Hosted Theme
      What to look for:
      “Last Updated”: Themes that are being actively maintained
      The oldest Theme in the Repository was last updated June 2008, when WordPress was still at Version 2.5.
      Look for Themes updated since the most recent WordPress version, to ensure support for the latest WordPress features. If, e.g., a Theme was last updated prior to the following dates, it will not support these features:
      WordPress 3.1 Feb 2011 Post Formats
      WordPress 3.0 June 2010 Custom Nav Menus/Headers/Backgrounds
      WordPress 2.9 Dec 2009 Post Thumbnails
      WordPress 2.8 June 2009 Widgets
      WordPress 2.7 Dec 2008 Comment Threading/Paging
      Themes added/updated since ca. Fall 2010 have all undergone a thorough, consistent Theme Review
      Active support: either via the Theme’s WPORG support forum, or via the developer’s site
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Finding a Repository-Hosted Theme
      Themes with Specific Features
      Find Themes that meet your exact needs. Tag Filters:
      Colors
      Columns
      Width
      Features
      Subject
      WP-Admin: Boolean AND search only
      Extend: Boolean AND/OR searches
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Finding a Repository-Hosted Theme
      Featured Themes
      A sometimes-updated list of Themes highlighted by the WPTRT
      Generally, Themes with exemplary code quality, features, and/or design
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Finding a Repository-Hosted Theme
      Newest Themes
      Newest Themes added to the Repository
      (Newly added Themes, not existing Themes that have been recently updated)
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository:Finding a Repository-Hosted Theme
      Recently Updated Themes
      Existing Themes that have been updated most recently
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    • Recap
      Whew! That was a lot!
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository
      Recap:
      What is the WordPress Theme Repository?
      Why the WordPress Theme Repository?
      Developing a Repository-hosted Theme
      Submitting a Repository-hosted Theme
      Finding a Repository-hosted Theme
      Questions?
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    • Open Forum
      You’ve heard from me; now I want to hear from you
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository
      Open Forum
      Feedback, criticism, and ideas for the WordPress Theme Repository:
      Theme Repository:
      Theme Selection,
      Theme Quality,
      Child Themes/Theme Frameworks
      etc.
      Theme Submission Process
      Theme Review Guidelines
      Theme Review Process
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    • Resources
      Sites and information referenced, and further reading
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    • The WordPress Theme Repository
      Resources
      End Users
      Theme Repository: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
      Extend/Themes Tag Filter: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/tag-filter/
      Only Download Themes From Trusted Sources: http://www.chipbennett.net/2010/12/10/only-download-wordpress-themes-from-trusted-sources/
      Developers
      Theme Uploader: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/upload/
      Themes SVN: http://themes.svn.wordpress.org/
      Theme-Trac: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/
      Theme Review Guidelines: http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review
      Theme Unit Tests: http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test
      WordPress Theme Review Team
      WPTRT: http://make.wordpress.org/themes/
      How to Join WPTRT: http://make.wordpress.org/themes/about/how-to-join-wptrt/
      Theme-Reviewers Mail List: http://lists.wordpress.org/mailman/listinfo/theme-reviewers
      Theme Review Plugins:
      Theme Check: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-check/
      Log Deprecated Notices: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/log-deprecated-notices/
      Debug Bar: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/debug-bar/
      FixPress: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fixpress/
      WordPress Beta Tester: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-beta-tester/
      More Resources: http://make.wordpress.org/themes/guidelines/resources/
      Editorials/Tutorials
      Theme Review Editorial: http://www.chipbennett.net/2010/10/20/in-defense-of-the-wordpress-theme-review-guidelines/
      Theme Quality Editorial: http://www.chipbennett.net/2010/10/19/in-defense-of-the-wordpress-theme-review-process/
      Theme Review Tutorial: http://www.chipbennett.net/2011/04/20/a-guide-to-reviewing-themes-for-the-wordpress-theme-repository/
      Settings API Tutorial: http://www.chipbennett.net/2011/02/17/incorporating-the-settings-api-in-wordpress-themes/
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