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Theme-Check: Test Your WordPress Theme Against Best Practices

Developing a WordPress theme from scratch is not that difficult if you know your way around technologies such as PHP, SQL, HTML, and Javascript. Not all themes are developed with the same quality though. Developers do need to pay attention to the guidelines provided by WordPress to make sure their code is clean and their theme is optimized to provide a better experience to those who get to see it.

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Theme Check is a powerful plugin for WordPress developers that analyzes a given theme’s code and offers areas it can be improved upon. It makes sure your theme adheres to the recommendations set forth by WP (or at least it warns you when it is not).

Once you install Theme Check on your website, its link shows up under “Appearance” section in the back-end. Just choose the theme that you want to analyze from the appropriate drop-down box, and this script does the rest. Theme Check displays warnings, required, recommended, and info items to give you an idea how much work you need to put in to optimize your code. You do have the option to suppress the info section.

Not surprisingly, you should start with the required items and work your way through warnings to find immediate issues that need to be fixed in your theme. The recommended section gives you a hand keeping up with the best practices. The info section could be very eye opening if you have not been paying attention to the quality of your code.

Theme Check is a useful tool for any developer interested in developing super clean code. It is fast and gives you a ton of useful nuggets for your theme development endeavors.

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