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JamiGibbs says

I suspect this topic has been brought up before but I’m curious to know how submitted Wordpress theme files get reviewed. Specifically what I mean is if there’s a particular order of the files that they go through? Do they load the theme into their own local host with a pre-made XML data file? Or do they go directly to a live version if provided by the author? Or maybe the way the files are reviewed depends on the style of the reviewer. One reviewer checks out the code first and then loads up the design in their localhost and another only views in localhost.

Does anyone have any idea how the process works?

It’s really just to satisfy my own curiosity. :)

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jremick Envato team says

Hi JamiGibbs, I’m not the primary WP reviewer (that’d be Kailoon) so I can’t speak for him but when I do occasionally review WP themes I always start with the design. So I’ll look at the author hosted live preview before anything else. If the live preview meets quality requirements then I’ll move on to other aspects such as code, documentation, etc.

I use a similar process for Site Templates, though a bit different because a live preview is less often used and there are more often differences between the live preview and actual files. Due to that, I’ll download the submitted files first thing and view them locally (again, beginning with design).

Just let us know if you have any other questions. :)

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JamiGibbs says

Great insight! Thanks! So what do you do if there isn’t a live preview for a Wordpress theme? Isn’t it difficult to gauge a theme if there isn’t content behind it with the appropriate structure? Do you guys go so far as read the theme’s instructions to see how to add image to the slider or designate thumbnail images for posts?

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jremick Envato team says

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I ran into a situation when reviewing a WP theme that I needed to run it locally with pre-populated post data. If that situation were to arise, however, then I would take the time to test it locally as appropriate to ensure that it functions correctly. So if necessary, I’d take a bit of extra time to setup the slider, etc. It wouldn’t take long at all though, we’ve gotten pretty fast at what we do.

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BroOf says

Hey jremick!

Since I am registered (beta tester) on ThemeForest I wonder how the review/admin panel looks. Or is this a company secret?

I would love to see behind the scenes of the marketplaces.

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EireStudio says
Hey jremick!

Since I am registered (beta tester) on ThemeForest I wonder how the review/admin panel looks. Or is this a company secret?

I would love to see behind the scenes of the marketplaces.

Nice, me too :)

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campolar says
Hey jremick!

Since I am registered (beta tester) on ThemeForest I wonder how the review/admin panel looks. Or is this a company secret?

I would love to see behind the scenes of the marketplaces.

I think it’ll be the same design as of each marketplace, along with a few chuck norris buttons

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BroOf says
Hey jremick!

Since I am registered (beta tester) on ThemeForest I wonder how the review/admin panel looks. Or is this a company secret?

I would love to see behind the scenes of the marketplaces.
I think it’ll be the same design as of each marketplace, along with a few chuck norris buttons

I would love to see these chuck norris buttons ;)

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rvision_ says
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I ran into a situation when reviewing a WP theme that I needed to run it locally with pre-populated post data.

Then, how do you test custom options admin panel set-up by the theme? It seems to me that these options are very important, at least to determine the price.

Or am I wrong?

And how do you test data import?

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JamiGibbs says
To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I ran into a situation when reviewing a WP theme that I needed to run it locally with pre-populated post data.

Then, how do you test custom options admin panel set-up by the theme? It seems to me that these options are very important, at least to determine the price.

Or am I wrong?

And how do you test data import?

I think if they’re checking the design first and it doesn’t pass, then they won’t bother with the theme admin panel or anything else. But if the design rocks, I’m sure they take a peak at everything under the hood to determine the price. That’s just an educated guess though.

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