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A revival : WordPress.org Theme Directory

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I remember visiting one central resource for WordPress themes, the ThemeViewer. Since December 11, 2007 things literally stopped.  No new theme uploads… with the latest count being 1,618 themes and 4,190,494 themes downloaded.  Very impressive numbers and I guess it would have multiplied many hundreds of thousands over if it continued.  According to the latest post, that site was up for an upgrade… for its code backoffice, indexing, theme upload, theme integrity, seach and download processes.  Well, I’ve waited and waited… until finally this news from WordPress.org .

It’s been a long time since themes.wordpress.net stopped accepting new themes. Since then most theme authors have been distributing their themes from their own sites, without a good centralized place for people to browse, search, comment on, and rate themes. With the success of the plugins directory, we’ve wanted to have those same benefits in a theme directory. Today is the day we start making that happen, with the introduction of wordpress.org/extend/themes/.

Yeehaaa!  Now something for me to check where I know the code would be clean and right.  Love the new skin the site dresses up now,  actually it’s dressed like the WordPress plugins site.  Which I thought was cool and generally useful.  I visited the new page and saw that currently there are 3 themes uploaded… and check this out… 772 downloads so far.  I tried to see how downloads move, hey it jumped from 667 to 772 in 15 minutes.  Not bad at all.

So anyway, is this goodbye to my usual WordPress theme spots?  Maybe not as quickly as I’d like.  I’ll continue the old routes until I see a substantial amount of themes at WordPress.org.  Hoping that it will be sooner than I think.

 

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  1. Ajay ) says: 7/18/2008

    I tried uploading my theme, but got the error:

    Only zip files are stupported.

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  2. Susan says: 7/18/2008

    This is great, although the reason why I didn’t like the first theme directory was that it was saturated with “bad” looking themes or “plain janes”. Great for the newbie blogger, but not so great for the next step up. I think usual wordpress theme spots like New WordPress Themes dot net, will still be quite valuable to wordpress users who want a filtered list of good (but new!) wordpress themes. And usually…you want a free theme that isn’t quite as common…otherwise, you start looking like everyone else and throw site branding out the window.

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  3. iwordpress says: 7/19/2008

    open is best

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  4. Andre Ward says: 7/20/2008

    Great to hear the theme directory is back!

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  5. webturist says: 7/20/2008

    Very good article. Thanks

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  6. jim says: 7/21/2008

    Pleasure… :)

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  7. jiimiona says: 8/9/2008

    nice, definitely

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  8. sohbet ) says: 9/6/2008

    nice, definitely

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  9. Maritime Transport says: 9/20/2008

    I tried to upload and my try was successfull I think that this is very good and useful information for all web publishers.

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  10. edour says: 10/28/2008

    d1a139ea0a30550e7ce7e64212fe3d3e coll site!!! I hapy found you.

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  11. Борис says: 5/23/2009

    Занятно написанно, я бы так не смог.

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  12. Anton says: 6/3/2009

    Cool!

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  13. mikeyaozm says: 9/20/2009

    I remember visiting one central resource for WordPress themes, the ThemeViewer. Since December 11, 2007 things literally stopped. No new theme uploads… with the latest count being 1,618 themes and 4,190,494 themes downloaded. Very impressive numbers and I guess it would have multiplied many hundreds of thousands over if it continued. According to the latest post, that site was up for an upgrade

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