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  1. I only have one theme on the repository. This is mainly because child themes are not currently allowed. The biggest reason it’s even on the repository is because I was pretty sure themes would be upgradeable and browseable from the WordPress administration in 2.8. So, I wanted to go ahead and make use of this. It would offer a great way for people using my theme framework to know when an upgrade was ready.

    One other thing I failed to touch on in my post was the theme previewer. My theme kind of looks horrendous without any widgets set, at least with the content they have for the demo.

    Question: Out of the current top 10 themes, which ones would you use?

    Thematic is the only one I’d use.


  2. There’s only about one in ten themes on the repository I even like the looks of (or less), and that’s before digging in to the code.

    I’m kind of jaded about themes, it takes a lot for me to be impressed. That being said, I think I have more on my hard drive than is in the repository.


  3. It’s too bad that the quality of the themes in extend isn’t so hot. Almost all of the best plugins are in extend though. I think this illustrates how different the business models are between themes and plugins, or maybe programmers are generally more committed to Open Source than designers.

    The quality of the theme directory is slowly improving though with the addition of themes like
    Alex King’s Carrington and Brian Gardner’s Shades of Blue (and Justin’s own contribution). Hopefully more talented designers will contribute in the future.

    I would like to see some more quality control as well. I think it would be bad for the community if they turned people away because their themes “looked bad”. But if they enforced a higher standard of quality for the code, I think that the end result would be better looking themes.

    And they need a better way to filter the bad ones and promote the good ones, just going of the number of downloads doesn’t seem to be doing the trick!

  4. Matthew Moran

    I would use Thematic, but not much else. Carrington too, but to prove a point it’s not listed at all on the front page and neither is hybrid, even though all three are powerful themes and by far the best themes on the repository.

    For whatever reason the repository just doesn’t live up to the WordPress standard.

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