Wordpress Theme CheckerThe Wordpress Topic Checker
Another WordPress website builders recently proposed that I add the WordPress.org Theme Checker plug-in to my repertory of topic rating and theme selecting tool. Assessing and selecting a WordPress topic is not for the weak of hearts. Each WordPress Website builder has its own theme rating and selecting procedure, which can be very complex.
Forgive us all for wanting to use utilities like Theme Checks, which at first sight seem to work as an easy-to-use filtering system to make the topic selecting procedure easier. It was never conceived as a universal theme selector utility, and to understand the message created by the plug-in you need a fairly good command of PHP, the WordPress kernel, and WordPress. org theme requirements. How to use it?
Having played with the plug-in and read about its intended use, I did not want to use the Theme-Check Plugin as a way to rate topics. These are the instructions you need to follow to use the Theme-Check Plugin: Installs the design you want to analyze. Installation and activation of the Theme Checking plug-in.
Browse to Appearance menu > Topic Checking. In the dropdown list, choose the topic you want to review and click Review! Examine and interprete the resulting warning, recommendation and information. You see a problematic with this procedure in terms of topic choice? Before you can use the Theme Checks, you must have a design installed on your website.
When you are considering to buy a premier theme, this would mean to buy the theme you are considering before leading it through the theme checklist. When you are something like me, you are essentially obligated to use it when you let your cash fall on a prime topic. You' re not even in the topic rating phase anymore.
You have now proceeded to the topic implementations. Topic Checks is not good for rating topics for which you have to pay, but at least you can free WordPress review. org topics with him, right? A topic must fulfill all WordPress.org theme criteria before it is included in the WordPress.org Topic List.
Or in other words, any topic you choose from WordPress.org is sure to passing all the exams. They may see a few suggestions, but no clear alerts, because the design had to go through all the tests before it was added to the tree. How about topics that are not in the WordPress.org topics list?
Suppose you can get a copy of the non-WordPress.org theme free into your own hand, you're probably still better off skip the theme checklist. And because Theme Check is engineered to form topics in accordance with the WordPress.org Theme Guidelines, it follows that premier topic creators typically make no efforts to make sure their topics meet the Theme Check.
In order to test this hypothesis, I ran four prime topics through the Theme Check: Upfront, Creativo, Aegaeus and Vantage Premier. Out of the four, only Vantage premium existed, but it should have existed, because Vantage is only an activated Vantage free edition, which is available in the WordPress.org theme list.
All the other top topics I have seen have caused an explosion of banners. Meaning that these issues are difficult and should be averted? Consequently, they have not tried to meet the WordPress.org theme requirement. Passing a premier theme through Theme Checks is like reviewing the Kelly Blue Book value of a 1969 Camaro.
They use a toolset to make an assessment for which it was not conceived, which is a point that takes us to the very heart of the game. 6 million WordPress supers are reading and trusting our blogs. And the best thing about not using Theme Checks as a theme selector is that they are not suitable for it.
Was is the use of the Theme check plug-in? In order to review topics, of course, but review them for what exactly? Hazardous PHP coding like the eval() feature; Hidden encapsulated arbitrary codes; Declaration of important documents meta data like DOCTYPE, character set and locale; Integration of WordPress features like wp_footer and wp_head; Jobs that should be covered by plug-ins and not by the topic; A hammer of much more.
Some things that Theme check assesses are that any WordPress theme should really adhere to - such as avoiding the use of eval() (holy Yikes!) or bury your ad-sense in the theme bar. But many of the tests that the plug-in does are really about making sure that topics in the WordPress Theme Directory work with practically all WordPress installs and practically all plug-ins in the WordPress Plug-in Directory.
I will simply let the Theme check plugin FAQ do the talking for me: Topic Checks are conceived as an imperfect way of verifying adherence to topic review policies. It is not necessary for all topics to comply with these directives (focus on me). It is the intent of the review tools to make sure that the topics posted in the WordPress.org theme Repository comply with the latest WordPress theme coding and work on a large number of Web pages.
But if that isn't clear enough, this quote from plug-in writer Samuel Wood (Otto) in reply to a plug-in grant inquiry makes things clear: "Theme Checks is for pre-flight checking before submitting (to WordPress.org). It is not possible to evaluate the qualitiy of a topic (highlighting mine). So in other words, Theme Checker is a quick way to quickly pinpoint things that would stop a theme from being included in the WordPress.org theme list, and that's it.
What should you use the Theme check plug-in for? I have nothing but passion for Theme Checking plug-in and respectful for the people who give their times to take care of it. Topic Checks really lower the yardstick to become a theme reviewers for WordPress.org, which is marvelous. When should you use Theme Checks?
If so, this plug-in will really help you. You can use it to validate your work and pinpoint problems that need to be resolved before the WordPress topic rating staff can authorize your topic and include it in the listing. The use of the plug-in is absolutely necessary in this case.
It is one of the first things you need to do when assessing a topic for a potential nominee. These are really the only scenes I can think of where the theme checks should be used. Results of the ThemeCheck plug-in are to be seen in the WordPress.org theme requests.
If used for its designated use, Theme check is a great plug-in for ensuring that theme names comply with the WordPress.org Theme Directory listing criteria. Using the plug-in as a topic rating utility for topics from a source other than WordPress.org, however, is a well-meaning abuse of the utility.
There is no question that choosing a WordPress theme is a difficult task. On the other hand, the attempt to use the topic checklist as an assessment instrument is out of place. Make the long walk by designing a sophisticated theme selecting procedure and avoiding unnecessarily excluding useful topics while at the same time making an unnecessarily additional move to your theme selecting procedure.
Should Theme Check ever be used to rate a non-WordPress.org theme? Is there a potentially useful use for the plug-in for non-developers or is the production too technological to be used intelligently by a non-developer? a WordPress administered web host. Unless he can figure out how to support WordPress-powered companies, he likes to hike and adventure with his woman and children in north-eastern Georgia.