[theme-reviewers] Submitting themes based on existing themes, about child themes

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Fri May 3 18:58:32 UTC 2013

1-5) Child Themes must use a currently approved (i.e. currently listed in
the official Theme directory) Theme as a template, and must demonstrate
significant design/functionality distinction from the Parent Theme.

6) Proper copyright/license attribution for a Child Theme would be, e.g.,
as follows:

Fred WordPress Theme, copyright 2013 Fred Rogers
Fred is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL, version 2.0

Fred WordPress Theme is a derivative of Twenty Twelve, copyright 2012 The
WordPress Team
Twenty Twelve is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL

The critical elements: Theme name, copyright, distribution terms;
derivative work declaration, original work copyright, original work
distribution terms.

7) All Themes in the directory are GPL-compatible, so yes

B1) Yes, Child Themes are accepted in the Theme directory now

B2) See answer to 1-5, above

On Fri, May 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM, kurachababy kurachababy <
kurachababy at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, I have some questions about submitting the themes to the WP theme
> directory. I see some themes are based on other themes, for example Twenty
> Eleven.
> ### A) So my questions for themes and frameworks are:
> 1. Since all theme submitted are GPL, can I create a new design based on
> any existing themes?
> 2. Are there any different rules for starter themes, framework, or
> standalone parent theme that can be based on?
> 3. Does it matter if the theme is by Automattic or other authors?
> 4. What about commercial frameworks that are GPL like Genesis,
> WooFramework? Are they treated same like any other free GPL frameworks?
> 5. What about commercial themes that are GPL?
> 6. If I can indeed create theme based on another framework or theme, how
> do I enter the attribution info for the original author in the style.css
> header? Do I just need to mention it in the description? Because I see the
> Author and Author URI wont' fit here, correct? Or do I have to add credits
> in the readme.txt file?
> 7. About the WP-Admin backend, I see some authors add donation buttons,
> banner advertisements, and other link information. Is it okay to change
> them?
> ### B) I saw a child theme for the first time in the WP theme directory
> yesterday, as I know child themes weren't allowed in the past. So my
> questions are:
> 1. Are child themes allowed now?
> 2. If it's allowed, do they have to be based on certain themes or it's
> okay to be based on any themes in the directory?
> Thank you!
> Best regards,
> John Lee
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