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Opened 2 years ago

Closed 4 months ago

#3002 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Interface for authors to find active installs for a potential theme name

Reported by: wphoot Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
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Description

From https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2017/07/24/july-meeting-agenda/#comment-43013

Since there is no way for authors to know whether a theme name has active installs or not (except a generic google search for existing themes with same name), a simple interface to check this would help.

If active installs cannot be made public (for theme names not on wordpress.org), then a simple 'OK' / 'Not OK' can be shown (The limit as it stands currently is 50)

Change History (11)

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2 years ago

#2 @Otto42
2 years ago

To be fair, "a generic google search for existing themes with same name" actually does a pretty damn good job of telling you when you need to select a different name.

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

#5 @poena
2 years ago

Google search does not include theme names that are already taken in https://themes.svn.wordpress.org/
Not all authors know about it.

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2 years ago

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22 months ago

#8 @dingo_d
4 months ago

Could https://wpdirectory.net/ be used for this purposes? You type in Theme Name: {name of the theme} and see if it pops up.

We could link it in the requirements or on the submission page maybe? It's an excellent service.

#9 @poena
4 months ago

But it won't catch the non .org themes.

#10 @dingo_d
4 months ago

Then I'd close this ticket. I don't think that we can cover all bases, seems like just too big of a task to handle. We should add this to a FAQ section, maybe like: how to check if the theme name is taken (before developing the theme). And offer links for author to search.

#11 @dd32
4 months ago

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

I'm going to close this as a wontfix.

I don't think we want to provide an API which can be queried to get this data.
We could add a 'Yes / No` response, but I would prefer to see authors using sufficiently unique names rather than just pulling from the popular words dictionary.

A Google search for "WordPress theme {$name}" does a pretty good job, the only reason there's a block on the uploader is because authors weren't doing that.

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