Do Themes Need a Changelog?

Over the weekend, Theme Review Team member Jose Castaneda posted a proposal to add change logs to themes hosted on The discussion has been on the table for years, but renewed interest in change logs is surfacing for the upcoming 4.3 and 4.4 release cycles. Adding changelogs to themes (more…)

Gridsby: A Beautiful Free WordPress Theme for Photographers

When ModernThemes launched its site with a dozen free WordPress themes last year, founders Robbie Grabowski and Mike Driscoll committed to getting all of their themes listed on following positive feedback from the community. At that time many of their themes had issues that would preclude them from being (more…)

Hew: A Free WordPress Blogging Theme Inspired by Ryu

Hew is Automattic’s 67th free theme release on The new theme, designed by Ola Laczek, was inspired by Ryu, a classic among personal blogging themes. Ryu was released two years ago and for awhile it seemed like everyone was using it. Hew brings that same clean, identity-focused design that (more…)

Jack Lenox on Building Themes with the WP REST API

WordCamp London 2015 was packed full of excellent presentations, lightning talks, and panels. For several of the more technical sessions, attendees were actually turned away at the door due to the rooms being filled to capacity. This was the case for Jack Lenox’s presentation on Building Themes with the WP (more…)