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WordPress Template submission guidelines

Discussion in 'Design and Development' started by temi, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    Dear WordPress Theme developers. UK Webmaster World Forum are pleased to offer you a platform to showcase your talent but please adhere to the following guidelines so that we will not delete you template.

    This WordPress Theme Submission Guidelines will be updated at regular intervals to include any further UKWW guidelines. Please read and comply with all guidelines below.

    Begin Theme Submission Guidelines:

    1. All WordPress Themes must come with full disclosure as to the "reason/behavior" of any and all encoding/scripting included in the theme's markup.
    * If a WordPress Theme posted for download at UKWW is found to contain any encoding/scripting without disclosure as to the "reason/behavior" of such encoding/scripting - the theme will be removed.
    * Any WordPress Theme author found to continually post their themes without disclosure will be warned AND/OR banned from UKWW.
    2. If a WordPress Theme posted for download at UKWW is found to contain any encoding/scripting not disclosed within the disclosure statement (script is found to do "other behaviors" NOT mentioned in disclosure) the theme will be removed.

    End Theme Submission Guidelines

    Encoding in WordPress Themes has become very popular with theme authors,
    who encode javascript within the theme (typically the footer.php file) to maintain
    the backlinks to their sites. This is a "fair use" practice. However, there have
    been been blackhat techniques discovered within SOME encoded scripts,
    which will do SOME of the following:

    * Redirect Google AdSense publisher IDs to the theme author
    o They'll make money from YOUR clicks
    * Generate random backlinks from your site to sites theme authors chooses
    * Basically, do anything blackhat as author wants.

    There is a new WP plugin: Headzoo WP Anti-Wares - that will warn a WordPress
    owner about the encoding, and then dis-activate a theme found to contain
    encoded scripting. It does NOT determine if the scripting contains malicious
    motives, some warning is better than none.

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