[theme-reviewers] Number of Free WordPress Themes

Mario Peshev mario at peshev.net
Tue Dec 13 02:09:37 UTC 2011

On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 5:52 PM, Noumaan Yaqoob <y.noumaan at gmail.com> wrote:

> @angelo just checked the requirements for theme review and it looks so
> complicated. These requirements and guidelines do ensure quality I
> suppose. People who are distributing their themes as Premium themes,
> how do we know that they have a quality theme that follows similar
> guidelines as Official Theme Repository?

Some of the markets have reviewers as well, recently I learned that they
also use the Theme-Check plugin too. Others have less strict workflow or no

> So how people can be encouraged to develop free themes? How about
> Wordpress starts giving some sort of stickers/buttons/banners to the
> people who contribute free themes? A sticker that just says I am a
> WordPress Theme Contributor or something like that?
Some encouragement of this type could probably help, however these themes
are publicly available (including the search for themes in every WP admin)
which is good enough if you care about portfolio or something.

> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM, Angelo Bertolli
> <angelo.bertolli at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 12/12/2011 07:25 AM, Noumaan Yaqoob wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >> I was looking around for data about the number of Free WordPress
> >> themes uploaded to WordPress.org's Themes repository.
> >>
> >> I feel that the number of high quality Free WordPress themes is
> >> decreasing and someone should do something about promoting GNU/GPL
> >> licensed wordpress themes. I have nothing against Premium themes and I
> >> think it is fine if people want to get paid for the effort they put
> >> in. But I also believe that we should keep the community spirit of
> >> free software alive.
> >>
> >> So any ideas on how GNU GPL licensed free WordPress themes should be
> >> promoted and how we can encourage more people to contribute?
> >
> >
> > Part of the reason is probably because barrier to entry increases over
> > time.  The time and skill needed to make a WP theme now is much
> > different than it was for WP 1.5--and I think that makes a difference.
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Mario Peshev
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