A New Way to Search, Preview, and Install Themes in the Customizer Removed From WordPress 4.7

Astute testers may have noticed a new feature in WordPress 4.7 beta 1 that enabled users to search, preview, and install themes from within the customizer. This feature was part of five feature projects related to the customizer that were approved for merge last month. Its goal is to unify the theme browsing and customizing experience. Customizer Theme Browser Flow …

Zerif Lite Suspended from WordPress Theme Directory, 300K Users Left Without Updates

Zerif Lite, one of the most popular themes on WordPress.org, has been suspended by the Theme Review Team for several violations of the Presentation vs. Functionality guideline. As a result, more than 300,000 users (including those on child themes of Zerif Lite) can no longer receive maintenance and security updates to the theme. Justin Tadlock, an admin on the Theme …

Responsive Design Should Be Required for WordPress.org Themes, Says Matt Mullenweg

photo credit: Jeffrey Betts During Matt Mullenweg’s Q&A session at WordCamp Europe, an unidentified Google employee asked about making WordPress sites more mobile-friendly: I work at Google with search and we think the web and mobile are important, but one thing that we noticed is that 28% of the new sites that choose WordPress and come online (that we’ve discovered) …