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.