As a theme author, one of the major friction points I run into is releasing updates to my theme. I frequently get bug reports that are fixed by instructing users on how to update the theme to the latest version. It’s not clear to users how to update a theme, or even if it needs updating.
The ideal solution would be for themes to have versioning like plugins and a
Check for updates button that could update any outdated themes.
As an aside, it would also be valuable for the theme readme to be viewable by users—similar to plugins—so theme authors could display things like recommended plugins, or troubleshooting instructions.
Currently, users have to search for the already-installed theme and click
Use. But there is no way to determine which version of a theme is currently active.