WordPress 4.9 introduces a new experience for discovering, installing, and previewing themes in the customizer. Building on efforts during WordPress 4.7 development, this project prioritizes user flow, extensibility, and performance improvements. A theme is the most fundamental aspect of customizing a site. This project seeks to unify the theme-browsing and theme-customization experiences by introducing a comprehensive theme browser and installer directly in the customizer. The new flow seamlessly integrates theme management into the customization experience by bringing a new theme browsing framework into the customization interface along with the ability to install and live-preview a theme in a single click. The new theme browser is designed for extensibility. Third-party theme directories are encouraged to integrate with the core experience via plugins. Because the new browser is built on the core customize API, extending it is similar to extending any other part of the customization experience. As with every aspect of the customizer, this project approaches extensibiity modularly and in terms of both user and developer experience. The end of this post includes a technical overview
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