One of my goals this year was to contribute back to WordPress in a meaningful way. I decided in December that I would accomplish this by joining the theme review team. As January comes to a close, I’ve started to take stock of what I’ve accomplished in the goal arena and how I can improve both in discipline and strategy. I started out the year by joining the Theme review team and diving into my first review.
I was given the Modern theme to review which you can check out (and install) here. I was a bit intimidated by the process at first, but quickly was able to get the hang of it and ask question via the WordPress Theme Review Slack channel. I quickly went through the process, took notes, and approved the theme (I got an easy one that was in good shape).
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to take on my second theme yet due to an insanely busy time personally and professionally, but my goal is to have at least 2 per month starting in February. I’d love to be able to do more than that once I learn the process and the admins take my “training wheels” off. 🙂
If you aren’t contributing currently or are looking for a change of pace in how you contribute, I highly recommend the theme review team. It’s a great way to contribute and it will teach you a ton about the WordPress theme standards, new and different ways of writing theme code, and lets you meet great theme authors and fellow reviewers.
If you have questions or want to learn more, I highly recommend David Kennedy’s article on ThemeShaper. It offers some great insights on they why behind reviewing themes. Themes are an integral part of the WordPress experience and raising the quality of themes available at wordpress.org will help the community and the application as a whole. So join me and review some themes!