General information Do you wish to submit your theme to the WordPress.org theme repository? * Have you created the theme and all its assets from scratch without using anyone else's code or other assets or have you used other people's code or other assets within your theme folder? *
Awesome! That makes life pretty easy.
You'll need to be careful that you're permitted to use the third party code and/or assets that you have in your theme. You'll be asked more questions about this further below.
Theme details What is the name of your theme? *
For example: Twenty Seventeen
What is the URI for your theme (i.e., where it can or will be found)? *
For example: https://wordpress.org/themes/twentysixteen/
Enter the year you created the theme * Enter the name of the copyright holder *
If you're an individual developer and haven't created the theme for your own company or for your employer, this will be your name. If you've created the theme for your own company or a company employer, this will be the relevant company name.
Enter a URI for the creator / copyright owner *
For example: http://automattic.com/
Enter an email address people can use to contact you in relation to the theme *
This is to go in your GPL licensing statment
Enter a description for your theme *
For example, the description entry for the Twenty Sixteen theme says this:
"Twenty Sixteen is a modernized take on an ever-popular WordPress layout — the horizontal masthead with an optional right sidebar that works perfectly for blogs and websites. It has custom color options with beautiful default color schemes, a harmonious fluid grid using a mobile-first approach, and impeccable polish in every detail. Twenty Sixteen will make your WordPress look beautiful everywhere." Enter a version number for your theme *
Only enter a number, like 1.
Enter any tags you'd like to use for your theme (comma-separated) *
For example: two-column, right-sidebar, sticky-post, blog
Enter the Text Domain for this theme *
It should match the ending of the Theme URI slug.
See the WordPress codex for more information
. For example, the Theme URI for the Twenty Sixteen theme is https://wordpress.org/themes/twentysixteen/ and its Text Domain is twentysixteen
What version of WordPress does the theme at least require?
This entry completes the line: "Requires at least:"
You should enter something like: WordPress 4.4 What version of WordPress has the theme been tested up to?
This entry completes the line: "Tested up to:"
You should enter something like: WordPress 4.7 Third party code or other assets in your theme
You're seeing this section because you indicated above that you've used other people's code or other assets in your theme. The questions in this section help you make sure you retain relevant copyright notices and acknowledge your use of other people's code or assets.
Is your theme based on another theme like Underscores or Components? * What's the name of that other theme? * Who created the theme? *
For example: Automattic, Inc
At what URL can the theme be found? * Does the other theme contain a year or years of copyright? If so, enter the year(s) below
To look for this, check the copyright notices in the other theme's theme folder (look at the style.css and readme or license/licensing files). You're looking for something like: "(C) 2012-15 Automattic, Inc". If you find it, just enter the year(s) you see (e.g., "2012-15"):
In this example, you'd just enter: 2012-15
What licence applies to that other theme? *
You may need to be careful in answering this question. If you're not sure that the other theme is licensed under the GPL, think twice before selecting that option. Note that, if the other theme is licensed under a "split licence", you should select "A different licence".
(A "split licence" as used here means a license that applies different licences to different parts of the theme, e.g., the GPL is applied to PHP and integrated HTML files and a proprietary licence is applied to other assets. This may well be the case if you purchased the other theme from ThemeForest.) Enter the name of the other licence and the URI at which it can be found *
For example: the MIT licence (https://opensource.org/licenses/MIT)
If your theme is based on a theme that is licensed under a licence that is not the GPL, you will need to be careful that you're permitted to base your theme on it and license your derived theme under the GPL.
For example, if the licence applying to the other theme is a ThemeForest split licence, you most probably cannot base your theme on it and you most probably cannot license your theme under the GPL. Note that there could even be issues if the other theme is licensed under a GPL-compatible licence like the MIT licence. Whilst MIT-licensed code can be used in a program that is then licensed under the GPL, a work that is based on an earlier GPL-licensed work cannot be licensed under the MIT licence. This means that, if the other theme you're using was a derivative work of an earlier theme that was or should have been licensed under the GPL, the other theme you're using may have been incorrectly licensed. If in doubt, I suggest you have a chat with a lawyer.
If you've based your theme on a theme that has not been licensed for re-use by others, or if you're not sure whether it has been licensed, you may wish to take considerable care before using it and proceeding further. If you can't be sure that you have the right to use the other theme in this way you're exposing yourself to the risk of copyright infringement. I suggest you either not use the other theme or have a chat with the owner of the other theme or have a chat with a lawyer.
Does your theme incorporate chunks of other people's code? *
For example, you might feel that your theme is not "based on" another theme but it may still use chunks of other's people code.
Complete an entry below for each chunk of code *
Be sure to include the name and URI of the relevant theme, project or file, the year of copyright and the copyright owner, the licence under which the owner has distributed the theme, project or file, and the URI for that licence. Here's an example of what you might enter:
Fred WordPress Theme http://fredwordpresstheme.com, Copyright 2012 Joe Smith, distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL, version 2, http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
In your style.css and readme files, your entries will be listed under these words: "[Name of theme] incorporates code from:"
Does your theme bundle any other people's assets (such as images, fonts, etc) that are licensed under licences other than the GPL? * Complete an entry below for each of these assets *
Be sure to include the name or description of the asset and its URI, the year of copyright and the copyright owner, the licence under which the owner has distributed the asset, and the URI for that licence. Here's an example of what you might enter:
Genericons icon font http://www.genericons.com, Copyright 2013-2015 Automattic, Inc, licensed under the GPL version 2, http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
In your style.css and readme files, your entries will be listed under these words: "[Name of theme] bundles the following third-party resources:" Receive your file content by email Please enter your email address so GPL Engine can email you the style.css, readme.txt and license.txt content
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