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Themeforest Updates WordPress Theme Guidelines for Developers

Themeforest Updates WordPress Theme Guidelines for Developers

Themeforest, the super successful WordPress theme marketplace run by Envato, has recently set out new guidelines for theme developers. The changes, which are fairly major, have some cheering and others booing. (See the discussion on their forum here.)

As mentioned in the announcement of the changes, theme developers will have eight weeks to get their themes into line with the new standards.

Themeforest lays down the law for theme developers.
Themeforest lays down the law for theme developers.

Of course some of those booing the new requirements are developers who have a lot of work ahead of them. Others who may not be so happy, however, are simply people who don’t like some of the restrictions.

For example, here is a list of the types of shortcodes that are NOT permitted in the new guidelines:

  • maps
  • accordions and toggles
  • boxed contents
  • column
  • contact forms
  • charts

Those cheering the changes are people who believe these new standards will clean up a lot of the messiness that can be found in some Themeforest themes.

What do you think? Are these new guidelines a good thing, or do they go too far?

photo credit: Brian Rodgers