There are almost 400 WordPress Themes available from WordPress sponsored outlets. I’m sure there are hundreds more spread out across the web. With so many WordPress Themes, many authors are having a great time creating them, but do little to maintain them. Many WordPress Themes need some serious TLC.
Familiarity with CSS, XHTML, WordPress Themes, and web page design is needed. Some familiarity with PHP would be nice but it’s not necessary.
Here is what is needed:
- Themes test driven to make sure that they work.
- Verify all the template page views work and fix them if they don’t.
- Validation of XHTML and CSS – and errors fixed.
- Unlisted but necessary CSS and XHTML tag element styles added to the style sheet, such as DL, OL, etc.
- Optimization for wasted space and layout structure.
- Localization elements added (use of the PHP
- Descriptive keywords added to the heading in the style sheet and on the WordPress Theme List.
- Spelling checked and fixed.
If you are one of the authors and designers of any WordPress Themes, then get your buns in gear and fix these yourself. Make a note in the WordPress Themes List that the Theme as been inspected with the date. This will prevent other volunteers from repeating your efforts.
If you would like your WordPress Theme to be considered for use in WordPressMU sites, then consider going through Attention WordPress Theme Designers and Authors – Designing WordPress Themes for WordPressMU to get familiar with what to expect from a WordPressMU Theme. Make a note of the compatibility with WordPressMU on the Theme List.
If you would like to volunteer, you can post a comment with contact information below and another WordPress volunteer will contact you, or get involved with the WordPress Member volunteers and the WordPress Documentation and Support Team to help improve WordPress and give something back.
Here is more information and articles that will help you become more familiar with WordPress Themes:
- Attention WordPress Theme Designers and Authors – Designing WordPress Themes for WordPressMU
- Choosing a WordPress Theme
- First Steps With WordPress – understanding how Themes are used
- Stepping Into WordPress Templates
- Stepping Into WordPress Template Tags
- WordPress Site Architecture 1.5
- Designing WordPress Themes for Public Release
- WordPress Theme Development