[theme-reviewers] Theme promotion in dashboard

rabin shrestha sun_ravi90 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 10 19:37:47 UTC 2014

I think promotion of premium themes shouldn't be allowed outside the theme option page. This whole discussion is being created because we are allowing to advertise outside the theme options page. And I know this discussion will always arise whenever any theme author tries to go one step ahead in theme promotion. Let's stop this, before this gets out of hand and whole WordPress theme dashboard becomes a place to advertise. Let's add a guideline allowing theme authors to advertise only in their theme options page and if they don't have one then they can create a menu under appearance and promote it. But let's stop having multiple menu under Appearance.

Also, I think author should only be allowed to promote upsell version of current theme. Since authors are allowed to keep upsell links users will automatically be going to your theme shop site and searching other themes if they feel your theme is good. We don't need a dozen of themes being promoted in secondary menu and your theme options menu.

I have seen this things growing and getting out of hand. Just a year back we were afraid to even have a twitter link and a single promotion link in theme options page and now with every discussion authors are being given power to cross one step ahead of the line and new line is being drawn every time. This should be stopped and strict steps must be enforced by adding this things clearly in guidelines.

These are simply my views and I am hoping to see some positive changes on this matter.


On Monday, February 10, 2014 11:02 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:
We currently allow developers to add a second page to promote other Themes from the developer, so I would say that fits under that allowance.

But I really question if that second page isn't a step too far.

Maybe Cais is onto something: we add a guideline that Themes are *recommended* not to display any upsell/commercial advertising in the Admin, and then have the discussion, and let the community pose an argument for why the practice should be allowed - or, from my perspective, why the developer's need to do such advertising in the user's Admin outweighs the user's need not to have advertising in their Admin.

On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM, Ola Łączek <ola at bodera.com> wrote:

I totally agree with the rule about ads only on theme options page, but what if theme doesn't have one? In that case adding Page under Appearance menu is still unacceptable?
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