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Opened 22 months ago

Closed 7 months ago

Last modified 6 months ago

#49487 closed enhancement (fixed)

Remove the "Featured" tab in the Add Themes screen

Reported by: kjellr Owned by: poena
Milestone: 5.8 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Themes Keywords: has-patch needs-codex
Focuses: Cc:


Followup to 5044 (Meta) / 9522 (Commit)

The "Featured" tab of the theme repository is the first page that users visit when looking for themes. As such, it should ideally present them with the best of the best WordPress themes. Instead, the featured list is just randomly generated. This does not quite fulfill the screen's purpose.


There have been discussions around replacing this with some sort of actual curated list, or an algorithmically chosen set based on how new and popular a theme is (as proposed in 3750 (Meta) for example).

Until consensus arrives on an approach for that, we should disable the featured tab.

As noted above, this the Meta ticket for this has already been completed, and this change just needs to be carried through to the Add Themes page.

Change History (10)

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #themereview by kjell. View the logs.

22 months ago

#2 @celloexpressions
16 months ago

The theme browser in the customizer prototypes an alternative interface that prioritizes filtering and search over the older tabbed approach, defaulting to latest themes. The featured, popular, latest, and favorites tabs do not exist on the premise that they don't actually help users. I don't know if any stats are available to validate that this approach is better, but it's been in core since WordPress 4.9.

Rather than only removing the featured tab I proposed syncing the customizer interface into wp-admin, or even merging these into the single newer interface in the customizer. The customizer integrates theme browsing into the live preview workflow more seamlessly than wp-admin, using live site previews instead of the .org preview.

#3 @poena
7 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 5.8

#4 @poena
7 months ago

  • Owner set to poena
  • Status changed from new to assigned

This ticket was mentioned in PR #1219 on WordPress/wordpress-develop by carolinan.

7 months ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

Removes the link to the featured tab on the Add themes screen.
Sets the popular tab as the default.

Trac ticket: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/49487

(The changes in this PR needs to be built befor testing)

#6 @SergeyBiryukov
7 months ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

In 50813:

Themes: Remove the "Featured" tab on Add Themes screen.

Themes displayed in this tab were actually random, and have not been selected to be featured to new WordPress users.

The tab had already been removed from the Theme Directory, and with this change, the options in the admin area and in the directory will match again.

The "Popular" tab is now displayed instead as the default view.

Props poena, kjellr, celloexpressions.
Fixes #49487. See #meta5044.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by sergey. View the logs.

7 months ago

#8 @audrasjb
7 months ago

  • Keywords needs-docs added

#9 @milana_cap
6 months ago

  • Keywords needs-codex added

#10 @milana_cap
6 months ago

  • Keywords needs-docs removed

Being label for DevHub, needs-docs doesn't really apply to this ticket as we are not mentioning Administration Screens anywhere in Theme Handbook.

Last edited 6 months ago by milana_cap (previous) (diff)
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