[theme-reviewers] Common Things Overlooked in Theme Reviews

Emil Uzelac emil at uzelac.me
Wed Sep 4 21:21:18 UTC 2013

Hi TR's,

If I may add few things:

Theme Names<http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review#Licensing.2C_Theme_Name.2C_Credit_Links.2C_Up-Sell_Themes:>

   - No "Mobile, Bootstrap Portfolio" types please.
   - Child Themes need unique names, we cannot use "Twenty Thirteen Child".

For some reason we no longer have the guidelines for Child Themes and we
need them.
This is something we need to look into soon.

Before we did not allow Child Themes that are pretty much the same as the
Parent Theme
meaning that author can't just change the background, colors in general,
fonts or simply
add post formats, additional languages and pass that as the Child Theme.

Design should be different and we don't care much for extended
functionalities :)


On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> Good afternoon, Theme Reviewers!
> As I perform the final "QA" audit of approved Themes before pushing them
> Live, I've noticed several things that come up frequently:
> 1. <title> tag: the content of the <title> tag must be *only* the call to
> wp_title() with its parameters. All additional content must be added via
> `wp_title` filter
> 2. Document head stylesheet links: all stylesheets, scripts, and
> stylesheet/script links in the document head and footer must be enqueued,
> rather than hard-coded. Common culprits are GoogleFont stylesheet links
> 3. wp_nav_menu(): Themes must use the theme_location parameter, and NOT
> the menu parameter, in calls to wp_nav_menu(). The theme_location parameter
> corresponds to the array key used in the
> register_nav_menu()/register_nav_menus() call. The menu parameter
> corresponds to the slug for a *user-defined* custom nav menu.
> 4. Namespacing arguments arrays: Please place arguments arrays directly
> inside of the function calls to which they apply, or properly namespace the
> variable used to hold the array:
> $args = array( /* ... */ )
> wp_nav_menu( $args );
> Instead do one of the following:
> wp_nav_menu( array( /* ... */ );
> or
> $themeslug_primary_menu_args = array( /* ... */ )
> wp_nav_menu( $themeslug_primary_menu_args ;
> 5. Confusion between the *site front page* and the *blog posts index*:
> is_front_page() vs is_home(), front-page.php vs home.php (and confusing
> custom page template names), etc. Themes must use front-page.php for the
> *site front page*, and that must account for both the blog posts index and
> a static page as front page.
> 6. Child Theme Friendliness: be cognizant of the differences between
> get_template_directory() and get_stylesheet_directory(), and the
> appropriate uses for each. Any asset that is NOT intended to be overridden
> in a Child Theme (e.g. Theme options) *must* use get_template_directory().
> Thanks, everyone, for all your time and contribution to Theme review!
> Chip
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