Theme Author Survey Results: Uploading via ZIP Files Preferred, SVN Access Forthcoming

Theme Author Survey Results: Uploading via ZIP Files Preferred, SVN Access Forthcoming

Posted by WP Tavern on September 13, 2021 at 3:56 pm
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Earlier today, Dion Hulse announced the results of a six-week survey on the WordPress.org theme upload process. The goal was to figure out if uploading a ZIP file was a “pain point” and see what other methods theme authors prefer. Then, move forward based on the feedback. In total, 256 people responded to the survey. Of the weighted results, uploading themes via a ZIP remained the most popular option. Committing via Git or integrating with GitHub came in second and third, respectively. Using SVN or a CLI tool also had support. The next steps should include allowing theme updates to be submitted via SVN. Trac tickets will also be removed for updates, which the Themes Team no longer reviews. For theme authors who prefer Git, the plan is to encourage the use of a GitHub Action for automatic deployment over SVN. There are no tickets for implementing the changes yet, but they are forthcoming. Hulse said he is awaiting any feedback on the announcement post or in the Themes Team September 14 meeting. Nothing was said about the initial theme submission. This will likely remain the same. The upcoming SVN access will have some limits in comparison to plugins. Updates…

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