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Child Themes, Coming to a Theme Directory Near You

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Late last year, I asked whether child themes should be listed on Today at WordCamp Savannah, Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress) announced that he would be releasing a couple of his old blog designs as free WordPress themes in the theme directory.

One of the sentences in Matt’s announcement post caught my eye.

The second theme, Mazeld, is actually the last from-scratch original design I did here on (then and is built as a 2010 child theme.

I downloaded the Mazeld theme from and confirmed it was indeed a Twenty Ten child theme (as the stylesheet has the line “Template: twentyten” present) and tweeted Matt for further clarification.

Themelab child theme question

Photomatt Child Theme Admission


So in conclusion, there has been a child theme sighting on theme directory although judging from Matt’s response, it doesn’t seem to be currently possible to submit them until the installer and UI are fixed.

Hopefully child theme inclusion in the directory will be a reality for theme developers very soon, this is definitely a big step in the right direction.


Leland Fiegel was the original founder of ThemeLab. He is a web developer who loves WordPress and blogging.