Double Check Your Theme With Theme Check

The theme check icons

Are you a theme developer? Chances are that if you are reading this blog, you are working on a theme. Plan to releasing it to the world via the Theme Directory? Then Theme Check will help you out with that. Theme Check was written by Simon Prosser and Samuel Wood (Otto) and it will check your theme for the latest spec standards. The plugin can also check for broken links, missing files and other errors. Theme Check is definitely recommended for development purposes only.

Let’s install the plugin and see what it can do!

Downloading and Installing

The Theme Check plugin banner

You can download and install the plugin via the WordPress admin dashboard or manually installing it via a FTP program. After installation and activation, you will see a new menu option pop up.

The new Theme Check button

You should see the following screen:

The Theme Check screen

The plugin is incredibly easy to use, just select the theme that you would like Theme Check to check for you by using the dropdown menu:

You can choose your theme here

The theme chooser dropdown menu

After clicking the “Check-It” button, the first thing you that you see is the Theme Info section. This section lists different details of your screen.

The theme details section

If your something is wrong with your theme, or child theme, you will see a warning. (as shown above). Now let’s take a look at some of the errors that can appear.

The errors found in the theme

There are many different kind of warnings, requirements and recommendations that you can get. The great thing is that the plugin even tells you which line you can find and highlights some of the most important pieces of information.

Plugin Check

Want something for plugins? You can use Plugin Check plugin to make sure that your plugin is up to date and ready for the WordPress Plugin Directory.


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