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Theme review

Make sure your site is accessible by all users and optimised to be viewed on different devices and internet browsers. Salsa will also make sure your site complies with the relevant design system.

What is GovCMS?

GovCMS is a whole-of-government open source web content management system designed by government for government and hosted on a secure public cloud. Find out more about GovCMS

Why you might need a theme review

There are many reasons you might need a theme review, such as:

  • Non-responsive design: Your current design/theme might only function on a desktop size screen, which means your website doesn’t display or work properly for smaller screens like tablets and/or smartphones.

  • Browser compatibility: Your current website might not display correctly across the full range of browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, and/or MS Edge.

  • Non-inclusive design: Your current design/theme might not have been optimised with accessibility in mind or might not have changed enough to not meet the WCAG guidelines and government requirements for accessibility.

  • Difficult to extend: Your current theme may make it difficult to add new designs, styling, or functionality as it might be based on outdated design frameworks or coding practices.

Benefits of a theme review

Benefits of a theme review include:

  • Accessibility compliance: A theme review and update can improve your website’s accessibility and bring it into line with government requirements and worldwide standards.

  • Fully responsive website: Theme reviews will make your site fully responsive across different browsers and mediums (desktop, tablets and smartphones).

  • Best practice alignment: Our theme review services will ensure your themes and website follow best practices and are easy to maintain going forward.


A theme review includes technical assessment, code review, issue identification, and WCAG 2.0 compliance for distinct page templates. Salsa’s theme review for each distinct page template covers:

  • Stylesheet audit focusing on: complexity; reusability; browser compatibility; breakpoints and their use in responsive design; and media asset use and optimisation.

  • Client-side script audit focusing on: complexity; performance; coding standards; and browser compatibility.

  • Template file audit focusing on: complexity; performance; coding standards and best practices; and semantic use of HTML elements.

  • Template functions audit focusing on: complexity; performance; and coding standards.

  • Accessibility audit focusing on WCAG 2.0 AA compliance.

Engagement process

Our engagement process is outlined below:

  1. Review questionnaire or brief: Agency to complete a light questionnaire (or send Salsa a high level project brief) reflecting basic requirements and/or project key business drivers.

  2. Intake and alignment: Salsa conducts a free 30-45 minute intake phone call to align on scope, expectations and overall engagement requirements based on the questionnaire or brief.

  3. Project setup

  4. Familiarisation and user experience testing

  5. Environment setup and assessment tooling

  6. Conduct theme review

  7. Produce theme review checklist report covering issues, criticality, recommendations and optional cost estimates for remediation

  8. Report handover and optional stakeholder presentation


As part of the theme review, you’ll receive:

  1. Checklist report including criticality indicator for critical, high priority, medium priority and low priority findings

  2. Issue identification and/or potential areas of attention

  3. Recommendations and/or suggested remediations

  4. High level costings on implementing suggested recommendations/remediations (optional)


The simple theme review will deliver:

  • Reusability: Ensuring the Drupal theme is built efficiently with no/minimal duplication.

  • Performance: Ensuring the theme is built to perform efficiently and thus improve accessibility and overall user experience in remote and/regional areas.

  • Maintainability: Ensuring the theme is built in a way that’s easy to understand, easy to maintain and easy to scale.

  • Compliance: Ensuring the theme implementation is WCAG compliant and conforms to best practices.

  • Responsive: Providing an analysis of the suitability of the theme for mobile, tablet and desktop computers.

Fixed price packages






Up to three distinct page templates

Up to six distinct page templates

Up to 10 distinct page templates

One-off setup

6 hours @ $195 +GST

$1,170 + GST

Theme review

3 x per page template theme reviews:

3 x 5 hours = 15 hours

@ $195/hour +GST

$2,925 +GST

6 x per page template theme reviews:

6 x 5 hours = 30 hours

@ $195/hour +GST

$5,850 +GST

10 x per page template theme reviews:

10 x 5 hours = 50 hours

@ $195/hour +GST

$9,750 +GST

Total hours




Total cost

$4,095 +GST

$7,020 +GST

$10,920 +GST

All packages include technical assessment, code review, issue identification, and WCAG 2.0 AA compliance for up to three, six or 10 distinct page templates.

What you get

Our theme review packages provide you with a report that identifies all the theme issues and gives you recommendations and costings to fix them.

You’ll also have access to:

  • The digital agency that’s the official service provider of the entire GovCMS platform and program

  • A highly qualified and experienced digital agency that has delivered over 30 GovCMS projects since 2015

  • GovCMS product and project delivery specialists with extensive experience in theming and frontend development

  • GovCMS technical solution architect to provide a high level of technical governance and oversight to your project

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Other GovCMS services

Salsa’s other fixed price GovCMS services include:

Website assessments and advisory services

Make an informed decision on whether GovCMS is right for you.

Website rehosting and installation

Migrate your Drupal site onto a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform backed by a 99.95% uptime SLA.

GovCMS theme development and enhancement services

Theme your GovCMS Drupal site to represent your agency’s brand and visual look and feel

Content migration and consolidation

Migrate your proprietary and/or legacy site onto Drupal GovCMS backed by a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform with a 99.95% uptime SLA.

Site audits and technical reviews

Site audits and technical reviews help you identify any problems in your site, including security and performance issues.

Code review

Does your website’s module code follow best practice to maximise your site’s performance and stability?

Ongoing GovCMS application support

Whether you’re on GovCMS SaaS or PaaS, ongoing GovCMS application support ensures the application layer for your website continues to remain secure and up-to-date (PaaS only), while also allowing you to build new enhancements and ad-hoc features.

User testing

Salsa provides user testing packages across visitor experience, content author experience, and user acceptance testing (UAT).

GovCMS out-of-the-box

Build and host a new site quickly on a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform backed by a 99.95% uptime SLA, leveraging GovCMS’s ‘out-of-the-box’ features.

Back to all fixed price GovCMS services

Get in touch

Use the form below or call us on 1300 727 952 for an obligation-free chat about your agency’s GovCMS needs.

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