[theme-reviewers] Post for the theme developement forum (edit it please or pass it)

Philip M. Hofer (Frumph) philip at frumph.net
Tue Aug 17 13:09:58 UTC 2010

Submitting a theme to WordPress.org

The requirements of a theme to be placed on the WordPress repository has been changed from the previous years.

With the advent of WordPress 3.0's release there have been quite a number of changes to the underlying code structure to how a theme is developed.

In order to have your theme placed on the repository you should probably know the changes.

Themes can be suspended from the repository if it does not meet the requirements, code changes and supports for the current release version of WordPress.  This does not mean the theme has been removed permanently, it just means the theme needs to be updated and reviewed to be available for download again.

Themes will not be validated to be on the repository when submitted unless it has no Notices/Warnings/Errors, Deprecated function use, all the required coding in the theme per the documentation that is available and pass the theme unit test.

Codex pages to read thorougly:


For a semi-comprehensive guide on what a theme reviewer looks at when testing your theme to be valid, read:


When testing your theme on your developement site, it is important that you have the WP_DEBUG defined as true in your wp-config.php as such define('WP_DEBUG', true);  This will notify you of any notices/warnings/deprecated code.

The theme unit test http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test will provide you with base data for your theme to test with, what is looked at and how your theme must behave.

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