The other day I read a very interesting article over at WP Tavern. If you haven’t heard about WP Tavern I suggest you take a look and subscribe to their feed as it helps you to stay on top of things.
Anyways, the article I’m talking about announced a new commercial Theme Review service started by a member of the official WordPress Theme Review Team, Emil Uzelac.
I’m not sure how many of you have ever attempted to submit a theme to the official Theme Repository, but I can tell you from experience that it is a tough cookie and the rules are pretty strict. The reviewers check your theme in great detail and they will find whatever small thing you missed or didn’t do (entirely) correct :)
Emil hails from Croatia, has been living in Chicago, USA since 1998 and he has been evaluating WordPress themes as a Reviewer of the WordPress Theme Review Team since 2010, so it is safe to say that you’re in good hands with him!
He emphasises that a Theme Review is not only about making sure things are done well, but very much also about helping theme developers along the way.
As some of you might know, mid 2014 I released my own version of a WordPress Starter theme put together with Underscores for the back end and Foundation 5 for the front end. It is called soblossom and I am currently trying to use it for each project that I do.
Although I am not interested in submitting soblossom for release on the official WordPress.org Theme Repository, I actually was very curious about the quality of my code and whether or not I had truly followed the Theme Review Guidelines.
You did a great job!
So when I read the article, I immediately signed up for the service! On the site you will see that Emil offers a preliminary review of one hour for USD 90 or a full review of a couple of hours. I thought it would make sense to start with the first one, especially because he told WP Tavern that “You would be surprised how much one can find within an hour“.
Emil uses Github to conduct his Theme Review by opening issues, which can be very useful as you basically have a public record of his work. And when you start implementing the changes, you can then refer to these issues.
I invite you to take a look at the issues Emil found during his Theme Review of soblossom (issues #2-18)! The outcome of the review was that I have done a great job, but if I were to submit the theme to WordPress “few things would need to be modified”.