Over the weekend, I caught a glimpse of what was supposedly a new design for the WordPress Themes Repository. As was explained by Steven Hodson, the screen shots were taken from his browser when he visited the theme repository. The screen shots showcase a carousel view for browsing through themes, icons for navigating and downloading themes, a single page view which displays detailed information regarding the theme ect. No matter how hard I and many others tried, we couldn’t get the theme repository to display in the same way that it did for Steve.
Lloyd Budd stopped by my blog post and left this as the comment:
Hi Jeff, those screen shots are fake. I’m 100% certain. I just checked and there isn’t any code, nor has there been, to produce that type of experience.
I’ve been subscribed to Steve’s blog for quite some time and he is not one to post fake images or fake content. I believe that one of two things happened. The first is that, this is quite possibly a fluke. I don’t know how I would explain it, except that it’s wrong. The second thing is that this could be a theme repository setup on a website to mimic the current repository albeit with a different way of browsing themes. After browsing the web for quite some time looking for themes, I have come across numerous sites which have a theme showcase which is nothing more than a different setup for the theme repository.
Then, a fellow WordPress blogger Mike sent me an article that was written by 5thirtyone which reminds users that you have to be careful where you download your WordPress themes from. I must of missed the boat back when this event took place, but there was an incident where themes that were hosted on the official theme repository were being hosted on 3rd-party theme galleries such as WP Sphere. These themes were the same with the exception that the themes that were being hosted on the 3rd-party theme gallery websites were riddled with malicious code/malware.
I think now would be a good time to remind current users, especially new ones of WordPress to only download themes from the author’s website or from the official WordPress Themes Repository. Please note that not every site hosting a WordPress theme is bad. However, downloading a theme that is outside of the authors website or the repository is a risk that may not be worth taking.