[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #14179: Theme asking to update (theme with same name on WordPress.org)

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Sat Jul 3 08:34:02 UTC 2010

#14179: Theme asking to update (theme with same name on WordPress.org)
 Reporter:  design_dolphin  |       Owner:                 
     Type:  defect (bug)    |      Status:  new            
 Priority:  normal          |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Themes          |     Version:                 
 Severity:  normal          |    Keywords:                 
 I have a theme with a certain name, but there is a theme with the same
 name in the WordPress themes directory. So now my theme keeps showing an
 update message.

 Proposed solutions:

 1. Add unique hash to each uploaded theme in the themes directory. This
 way even if someone has a home-grown theme which happens to have the same
 name, but are not going to upload it to the themes directory, there won't
 be a conflict. (You could change the name of the theme, but who is to say
 someone won't upload a theme that also has that name.)

 2. Add more fields to the updater check such as author, and date/ time
 created. This could mean though that theme authors would always have to
 add this during theme creation, and know why they are doing this. Possibly
 adding a extra complicating step in WordPress theme design. Otherwise at
 some point they or their client could start getting a update message for
 their theme.

Ticket URL: <http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/14179>
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