We have several things to announce today:
- An update to the WP theme and plugin requirements
- A new Gutenberg Optimized attribute and rules around using it
- A new ‘WP Requirements Compliant’ author badge and information on how to get it
We have released an update to the requirements based on feedback from the original announcement, as well as several other factors. The key changes are:
- The Gutenberg requirements have been reworked and separated out into a separate page.
- A 6 month fallback period has been added for plugin territory functionality. Functionality migrated to a plugin can now also remain in the theme until November 30, 2019.
- The creation of widgets has been added to the list of plugin territory functionality.
- The use of create_function() is no longer allowed due to it being deprecated in PHP 7.2.
- The use of purchase code for items on Elements has been clarified.
There are other changes too. If you want to see the line by line changes, you can view them here.
Please update your items where necessary, to take these changes into account. The deadline for existing items to meet the current requirements remains 31 May, 2019, as outlined in the original announcement.
Gutenberg Optimized Attribute
As some of you will have noticed, there is now a Gutenberg Optimized attribute.
This must only be selected for themes and plugins that meet the definition of Gutenberg Optimized in the reworked Gutenberg requirements:
We will be correcting items we find that have this turned on but which don’t meet the Gutenberg Optimised definition. We will also be taking action against authors who are found to be abusing this.
We understand some of you will have chosen this in recent weeks before the definition was published. Please reconsider your items and make sure that this is only turned on where the definition is met.
WP Requirements Compliant author badge
As mentioned in the original requirements announcement, we have been looking at ways to increase the visibility of authors whose items are compliant.
As part of this, we have introduced a new WP Requirements Compliant badge:
This badge will be assigned to authors who pass a spot check on a selection of their items.
When all of your items have been updated to meet the current requirements, please complete this form to nominate yourself as ready for a spot check. Once we receive your completed form, we will check a selection of your items and:
- If all the items checked meet the current requirements, we will award you the badge.
- If there are a small number of issues, we will ask you to fix these and resubmit. We will then recheck the items.
- If there are too many issues, we will not be able to consider you at this time. You will need to go through your items again and make sure they meet the requirements, then resubmit for a spot check after a 2 month waiting period.
Please do not submit the form unless all of your items meet the current requirements.
Please endeavour to maintain your items so that they always meet current requirements, even after receiving the WP Requirements Compliant badge. We will continue to reassess items belonging to badge holders and may remove it from those who fail future spot checks.
On top of the new badge, we are still actively looking at other ways to increase the visibility of compliant authors, including changes to our search algorithm. We will update with more information on these additional benefits before the end of this calendar year.
Please see these official responses before posting, to see if they answer your question (thanks!):
Thanks to everyone who has shared their thoughts and pointed out areas for clarification in our requirements and guidelines. We value your feedback and input. We’ll be around for the next seven days responding to your questions and comments in batches. Please remember our community guidelines as you post.