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How do you Measurea WordPress Theme?          Michelle Langston      WordCamp San Diego 2013                              ...
Michelle Langston        Theme Wrangler, Automattic        I work on Themes for WordPress.com        Twitter: @michiecat  ...
Download my slides:slideshare.net/michiecat                           3
What We’ll Cover1. Why it’s important to measure WordPress themes.2. A journey through criteria you can use to measure Wor...
Why Measure Themes?                      5
So many themes!                  6
Everyone’s criteria is different✓ Soft Colors                        ✓ Good Support✓ Theme Options                      ✓ ...
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Design         9
Design         Features                    10
Design         Features               Composition                             11
Design                              Features       tion       ">   sec ary" ntent  < im       o    "pr e-c t"id= ="sit nte...
Design                      Features                            Composition                        CodeDurability         ...
Design                            FeaturesCommunity                         Composition                              Code ...
Design        Price                             Features                   Premi                        umCommunity       ...
Design Often one of the firstjudgements we make   about a theme.                         16
http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/                                     17
Design: ConsiderationsMission & MessageCustomizationModern DesignResponsiveUsability                          18
http://www.nngroup.com/articles/auto-forwarding/                                                   19
Sidebars * Custom Menus *   CarouselsFeatures              * Theme Options *     Custom Header * Custom  Background * Post...
Sidebars * Custom Menus *   Carousels * Theme Options *     Custom Header * Custom  Background * Post Formats *    Transla...
http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/tag-filter/                                                22
http://themesorter.com/                          23
Features: ConsiderationsRight balance for your site purposesTheir way or the WordPress wayArtifacts                       ...
Shortcodeshttp://www.elegantthemes.com/preview/TheProfessional/                     shortcodes/                           ...
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CompositionThe “stuff” of your theme. How it’s organized, andhow it fits into your space.                              27
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http://blog.kissmetrics.com/speed-is-a-killer/                                                 31
Code QualityDoes it taste as good    as it looks?                 tion             sec ary"           < m                i...
Quality Code...Error-freeUp-to-dateSecureFollows best WordPress practices                                   33
http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Theme_Development_Standards                                                34
http://developer.wordpress.com/themes/                                         35
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-                  check/                                             36
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/log-          deprecated-notices/                                           37
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http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercial/                                                 39
http://themegrade.com                        40
DurabilityCan it handle your    content?                     41
Get Out Your Hammer!                       42
http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test                                             43
http://wptest.io/                    44
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/monster-                   widget/                                               45
TESTING PREMIUM THEMES                         46
http://advantage.puremellow.com/                                   47
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CommunityAre we all in this together, or are we on our own?                               50
Communities...Support & documentationLearning & sharingTheme stays aliveUser insights                           51
PriceDoes premium = higher       quality?        Premi             um                        52
http://themesorter.com/sellers                                 53
Premium Themes...LicenseActivity levelSupport & Documentation                          54
Cereal Box Prize!http://themeshaper.com/jumpstart/                                    55
Thank You!     Twitter: @michiecatmichelle@michellelangston.com                                56
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  1. 1. How do you Measurea WordPress Theme? Michelle Langston WordCamp San Diego 2013 1
  2. 2. Michelle Langston Theme Wrangler, Automattic I work on Themes for WordPress.com Twitter: @michiecat michelle@michellelangston.com 2
  3. 3. Download my slides:slideshare.net/michiecat 3
  4. 4. What We’ll Cover1. Why it’s important to measure WordPress themes.2. A journey through criteria you can use to measure WordPress themes. 4
  5. 5. Why Measure Themes? 5
  6. 6. So many themes! 6
  7. 7. Everyone’s criteria is different✓ Soft Colors ✓ Good Support✓ Theme Options ✓ Optimal Typography✓ Slider ✓ Translation-Ready✓ Custom Header ✓ Premium✓ Responsive ✓ Valid HTML & CSS ✓ Secure Code ✓ SEO-Optimized ✓ Minimal Layout ✓ Left Sidebar ✓ Lightweight 7
  8. 8. 8
  9. 9. Design 9
  10. 10. Design Features 10
  11. 11. Design Features Composition 11
  12. 12. Design Features tion "> sec ary" ntent < im o "pr e-c t"id= ="sit nten ss iv cocla id=" in"> a ):? > Composition <d ="m if t s() role php _pos er <? have ead ( <h Code Quality 12
  13. 13. Design Features Composition CodeDurability Quality 13
  14. 14. Design FeaturesCommunity Composition Code Durability Quality 14
  15. 15. Design Price Features Premi umCommunity Composition Code Durability Quality 15
  16. 16. Design Often one of the firstjudgements we make about a theme. 16
  17. 17. http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/ 17
  18. 18. Design: ConsiderationsMission & MessageCustomizationModern DesignResponsiveUsability 18
  19. 19. http://www.nngroup.com/articles/auto-forwarding/ 19
  20. 20. Sidebars * Custom Menus * CarouselsFeatures * Theme Options * Custom Header * Custom Background * Post Formats * Translation-Ready * Flexible Headers * Editor Stylesheet * Featured Images * Full-WidthTemplate * Sticky Posts * Ad Spots *SEO * Custom Colors * Upload Your Logo * Post Thumbnails * 20
  21. 21. Sidebars * Custom Menus * Carousels * Theme Options * Custom Header * Custom Background * Post Formats * Translation-Ready * Flexible Headers * Editor Stylesheet * Featured Images * Full-WidthTemplate * Sticky Posts * Ad Spots *SEO * Custom Colors * Upload Your Logo * Post Thumbnails * 21
  22. 22. http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/tag-filter/ 22
  23. 23. http://themesorter.com/ 23
  24. 24. Features: ConsiderationsRight balance for your site purposesTheir way or the WordPress wayArtifacts 24
  25. 25. Shortcodeshttp://www.elegantthemes.com/preview/TheProfessional/ shortcodes/ 25
  26. 26. 26
  27. 27. CompositionThe “stuff” of your theme. How it’s organized, andhow it fits into your space. 27
  28. 28. 28
  29. 29. 29
  30. 30. 30
  31. 31. http://blog.kissmetrics.com/speed-is-a-killer/ 31
  32. 32. Code QualityDoes it taste as good as it looks? tion sec ary" < m i - "pr id= ="site s nt" las nt"> onte c te "c "> con iv id= main <d le= ? " ro < 32
  33. 33. Quality Code...Error-freeUp-to-dateSecureFollows best WordPress practices 33
  34. 34. http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development#Theme_Development_Standards 34
  35. 35. http://developer.wordpress.com/themes/ 35
  36. 36. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme- check/ 36
  37. 37. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/log- deprecated-notices/ 37
  38. 38. 38
  39. 39. http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercial/ 39
  40. 40. http://themegrade.com 40
  41. 41. DurabilityCan it handle your content? 41
  42. 42. Get Out Your Hammer! 42
  43. 43. http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test 43
  44. 44. http://wptest.io/ 44
  45. 45. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/monster- widget/ 45
  46. 46. TESTING PREMIUM THEMES 46
  47. 47. http://advantage.puremellow.com/ 47
  48. 48. 48
  49. 49. 49
  50. 50. CommunityAre we all in this together, or are we on our own? 50
  51. 51. Communities...Support & documentationLearning & sharingTheme stays aliveUser insights 51
  52. 52. PriceDoes premium = higher quality? Premi um 52
  53. 53. http://themesorter.com/sellers 53
  54. 54. Premium Themes...LicenseActivity levelSupport & Documentation 54
  55. 55. Cereal Box Prize!http://themeshaper.com/jumpstart/ 55
  56. 56. Thank You! Twitter: @michiecatmichelle@michellelangston.com 56
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