Hot on the heels of the release of WordPress 2.6, the WP crew has unveiled the long awaited revamp of the WP Themes Directory. The old themes directory had been defunct for a long time, so it’s engouraging to see this finally go live.
I’ve been waiting for the theme directory to go live as a solid resource to point friends and clients to, as the current lack of an “official” repository has been cause for some caution when downloading themes which might include linkspam or more malicious issues. It also gives me the impetus to start working on the free theme I’ve been planning for a while.
One question I have that isn’t explained in the announcement post is: how are updates going to work? Will there be any type of user-notification and/or auto-update system similar to how plugins began to behave in 2.5? Will theme developers be able to instantly update their themes, or will they have to be submitted and vetted as in the initial submission?