The WordPress Theme Review team has brought some changes to the Trusted Authors Criteria.
The team launched a Trusted Authors Program last year on April 30, 2018. The program was launched in order to lower the burden on reviewer/leads. The program was initiated as an attempt to streamline the review process for authors who are consistently able to show that they can produce higher quality code and themes that are in line with the guidelines released by the WordPress Theme Review team. The submitted applications and approvals were being handled by the team leaders only. There were only a few terms and conditions to apply for the program; you can learn all about it in detail here.
However, the Theme Review team has added a few more terms and conditions to be able to earn the privilege of being a Trusted Author.
Below listed are the changes introduced in Trusted Authors Criteria:
- Trusted Authors will need to review 1 ticket a month to be able to have their themes set live.
- Not doing a review doesn’t mean that you’ll lose your privileges or that you’ll have to re-apply. You’ll just not be able to have your themes set live until you finish a review.
- When you upload a new theme, please also add a comment (in the ticket) with a link to your latest review. Something like “This month’s review: [link goes here]”
- Not-approved tickets don’t count, they can be closed for 3 distinct issues. You’ll need to do a full review, set the ticket live if you have access or approve it.
- Only parent themes are considered, no child themes.
With the new conditions applied, the users will surely get themes that are neatly coded, secure, niche-oriented and up-to-date.
You can read the original announcement post here. It also provides a few resources to get started. Let’s get going!