Today we’re excited to announce the launch of a search boost for ThemeForest authors who have received the WP Requirements Compliant badge. While this benefits authors who meet WP’s most recent requirements, it also helps customers find up-to-date items more easily.
What does this mean?
If you have been awarded the WP Requirements Compliant badge, your items will now be boosted within search results, both within the WordPress category, and site wide.
The results of this boost will not appear equally on all of your items for all searches. Our search takes into consideration a large number of factors, a major one being how relevant the item is to the customer’s search query, and the boost is only one of these factors. This means that for some searches an item will move up several spots in the displayed results, whereas in other searches the item won’t move at all.
As you know, we are trying to increase the visibility of compliant authors, and this boost is designed as a part of that project. As more authors receive the badge, more items are boosted, which will show less of an overall effect for each item. The sooner you receive the badge, the more relative effect the boost will have on your items.
We already have two authors who have passed the spot check and been awarded the WP Requirements Compliant badge - congratulations! These will be our first two authors to receive the boost, and we look forward to seeing more authors benefit from this new reward.
How do I get the badge?
Refer to our earlier forum post for full details on the requirements for the badge, as well as how to nominate yourself.
At this stage the search boost is only available for ThemeForest authors. CodeCanyon authors, though, are still eligible to receive the WP Compliant Badge which is valuable for both authors and customers.
We’ll be around for the next seven days responding to your questions and comments in batches. Please be aware that responses may be a little slower due to the holiday period and remember our community guidelines as you post.