Upcoming Changes to the WordPress Theme Review Guidelines

Upcoming Changes to the WordPress Theme Review Guidelines

The WordPress Theme Review Team recently posted their proposed changes for the upcoming WordPress 3.1 release. If you’re a WordPress theme developer and you want to have your theme listed in the directory, you’ll need to make note of these guidelines and start moving in that direction.

  • Post Formats
    • Themes will be recommended, but not required, to support Post Formats.
    • However, if Themes support Post Format functionality, they are required to support core functionality
    • Themes that support Post Formats may optionally implement any or all standard Post Format types
    • Themes are required to support only the core-defined Post Format types. Unless an extension API is implemented in core, Themes are required not to implement a custom extension for Post Format types (e.g. “hacking” the core Post Format type list to add custom types, such as “audio”).
  • Custom Post Type Index Pages: if Themes include Custom Post Type Index Pages, they are required to provide Theme documentation to explain their usage
  • Admin Bar: Themes should be aware of any potential aesthetic impact of the Admin Bar

If you want to get a jump on 3.1 compatibility for your themes, the theme review team’s recommendations will help you get prepared. For more detailed recommendations on WordPress 3.1, check out the team’s recent post.