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  • I have built a number of websites and if you validate the code at with a little effort it is possible to hand build an html websites with no errors. They tend to load quickly and do well in Google. However, as many websites are built using WordPress I thought I ought to master those. I have installed a template and changed that to a more attractive one. However, every WordPess website have looked at is not compliant in the does anyone sell templates which do not have bugs and obsolete code in? Even the page promoting coding standards is not compliant! I appreciate a website can still display with bugs even dozens if not hundreds of bugs but I thought it might be a good idea to start off with a clean template to start with, or am I just mad.

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  • I’ve never considered validation to be much more than guidelines! I hardly ever look at validation except when troubleshooting.

    Since RSS plays heavy in a lot of what I do I try validation on RSS feeds sometimes but only when there’s a problem there. It’s surprising how many feeds won’t pass that validation but work just fine.


    And a theme that might pass validation is only part of the question… WordPress may not validate on its own… but it works!

    Guideline… if it works then don’t fix it!

    Thread Starter charlesnorton


    I sense having looked at a number of WordPress websites that this is hobby horse unique to me.
    One reason I mention it is SEMrush has an option which shows all the “errors” which reminded me of the W3 Validator. Most of my websites have been in .net in recent years and the templates for those have minor bugs.
    Fixing the bugs can fix glitches in sites which can be overlooked if you do not validate pages.

    Maybe you should look at a few themes with premium versions available and test them with your favorite validators then discuss any issues with the theme author. That effort on your part might help ‘raise the bar’ on the themes you choose to work with.

    That would be a good thing.

    If you just need to get a site running and wish to use WordPress then you’ll probably need to accept the compromises made to bring this whole system together.

    One other thought I came up with after I posted earlier is…

    there are a couple systems to produce static pages from a WordPress system…

    One of those is the WP2Static Plugin. There’s a real challenge there. Figuring out if WordPress, a theme, a plugin, or the output of WP2Static caused a validation error.

    Me? I’ll continue doing what I think I do best… helping people fix their websites while working with the other volunteers here at support!

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