Getting ready to do accessibility reviews, part 1

The scope of this post is reviewing accessible themes submitted to WordPress.org. Updated December 6 2017. The accessibility-ready tag has been available in the WordPress.org theme directory for over 2 years. Themes that include the tag are not set live until the theme has had a full review plus an additional accessibility review. While most agree that accessibility is important, the number of theme reviewers who are comfortable reviewing it is still very low; no more than 4 people at any one time. Some of the reviewers are members of the WordPress.org accessibility team and their main focus is on improving the accessibility of WordPress as a whole, and they only have limited time to help out with theme reviews. This means that: The waiting time for accessible themes are even longer than for regular themes. Author’s remove the tag because the waiting time is too long. Authors submit accessible…

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Christmas Sweets, A new Christmas blog theme

So I had not planned to release another theme this year.  Deejay was submitted to WordPress.org in December last year, and was only set live 6 months ago, and I didn’t think I would be able to release a second…

Things to consider when using underscores (_s)

I use underscores as a base for my WordPress themes, and many -if not most -themes submitted to the WordPress.org’s theme directory are based on it as well. But there are some typical mistakes that we see frequently in underscores…

How to get your theme live faster

When authors submit themes to the WordPress.org theme directory they are sometimes surprised that they might need to wait up to 8 weeks for a review. One of the resons to why it can take this long is that many…

My theme review process

Updated September 2017. The Theme Review Team on WordPress.org encourages reviewers to find their own flow and tools that work for them. There is no right or wrong way to review a theme, as long as the requirements are checked…

You don’t need searchform.php

Searchform.php is only needed if you are actually making changes to the default search form. While reviewing themes submitted to WordPress.org, I often notice that authors are including searchform.php without making any changes compared to the default form. Other authors are…