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Opened 3 months ago

#5504 new defect

Allow uploading block-based themes

Reported by: aristath Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Theme Directory Keywords:


Right now uploading a block-based theme in the .org repository is blocked by the theme-check that runs on upload. Authors are forced to add hacks and useless code in their themes to bypass some of these checks. However, themes are not allowed to contain unused code so the process currently followed is this:

  • Author uploads a theme that passes theme-check
  • Author contacts the themes-team reps.
  • The team reps do a preliminary review of the theme, and set the theme to be a special-case theme. This allows theme updates to bypass theme-check when uploaded
  • Author uploads their "real" theme.

The above process is unsustainable and if someone tries to upload a valid FSE theme the upload will fail. It's OK right now since block-based themes are still experimental, but we have started getting requests and questions about how theme-authors can upload their themes, so we're expecting more submissions to start coming in soon.

Suggestions: Either theme-check should be disabled for block-based themes, OR some checks should be skipped - see https://github.com/WordPress/theme-check/pull/280

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