Opened 9 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#1187 closed enhancement (fixed)

Theme directory tags overhaul

Reported by: greenshady's profile greenshady Owned by: ocean90's profile ocean90
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Theme Directory Keywords: has-patch


After several weeks of discussion and surveys, the Theme Review Team has come up with a proposal for an overhaul of the tags/filters available. One of the major pain points based on survey results is the tag system, which is outdated and not very useful.

Color Tags

All color-specific tags (e.g., blue, white, etc.) should be removed. Most don't seem to be using these tags for finding themes, especially given the prevalence of theme options for changing colors.

Layout Tags

The following tag is proposed for adding:


The following tags are proposed for removing:


A note on "responsive": It seems that this is the no. 1 searched layout tag, followed by "fluid". Based on feedback and discussion, we believe most users are simply looking for a responsive theme. When a tag is always used by themes and by users, it becomes practically useless in distinguishing themes from one another.

Feature tags

The following tags should be removed:


The following tags should be added:


Subject Tags

This is a proposal for complete overhaul of "subject" tags. The following is the list of subject tags with additions and removals:


Survey results:

The original list of all tags can be found here to see where we started:

Attachments (2)

1187.patch (3.4 KB) - added by grapplerulrich 8 years ago.
1187.diff (4.0 KB) - added by rabmalin 8 years ago.
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Change History (19)

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #themereview by karmatosed. View the logs.

9 years ago

#2 @Otto42
9 years ago

  • Type changed from defect to enhancement

Theme tags are part of core. This would have to be coordinated with a core change.

Additionally, "removing" tags is problematic for backwards compatibility with previous versions of WordPress.

#3 @grapplerulrich
9 years ago

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#5 @mercime
9 years ago

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9 years ago

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#7 @emiluzelac
9 years ago

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#8 @sakinshrestha
9 years ago

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#9 @karmatosed
9 years ago

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This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #themereview by greenshady. View the logs.

9 years ago

#11 @michaelbeil
9 years ago

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#12 @nofearinc
9 years ago

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8 years ago

#14 @grapplerulrich
8 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added

Added a patch. Where does the API fetch the list of tags from?

#15 @ocean90
8 years ago

1187.patch should get committed when the new tags have enough themes.

#16 @greenshady
8 years ago

We'd also like to add the custom-logo tag to the list of new tags. It wasn't in our initial proposal because the feature was not a part of core at the time.

I can create a separate ticket if need be.

Note that I made a ticket in core Trac for this:

8 years ago

Add Custom Log

#17 @ocean90
8 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from accepted to closed

In 3622:

Theme Directory: Update list of WordPress theme features.

Props grapplerulrich, rabmalin.
See [core37287].
Fixes #1187.

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