Experiment Create WordPress Theme To Submit WordPress.Org in 2018

Here is my experiment in 2018 to develop wordpress theme which is free which will be uploaded to wordpress.org.  This year (2018)  ,  i success upload my first Coming Soon WP Plugin AmaUCP ( a plugin to show underconstruction / coming soon page ) in wordpress.org which take only 3 days for approvement. I want to try upload a free wordpress theme, because my my plugin not succesfull only 3 download in a week :))  ( Just like my 2012  plugin which i had forgotten the password for uploading, so this year  i make a new account ) . Although it’s fail,  but it’s ok , it’s just a hobby project.  I want to make 6 – 12 free small high quality programs in a year which i hope can be usefull and have many users. It can be WordPress related or Android App or Any Programming Related Project .
So before theme development  some months ago, i have made some research . And here is i think some free themes / plugin which can become base for my magazine theme :

  • MH Magazine Lite : I have compared some free themes and i like the coding of MH Magazine , it’s very structure and i really like the code. It’s unussual code because using many do_action but after i see it, I now understand why it’s very success .
  • Stargazer : this theme has social menu which can become menu social icon. After i see it , the social icon menu just using css based on the url. Another wow. I have never thought about this trick.  Here is the sample css of Stargazer :
    #menu-social li a[href*="pinterest.com"]::before {
     content:'\f210';
     color:#c8232c
    }
  • News Portal : this theme has repeater social icon and news ticker. I don’t know yet what what repeater field will be used for in customizer. But i like the concept of repeater programming because i have not seen it before except when using kirki plugins.
  • Simple Category Posts Widget : this plugin can make multiple categories selection in widget
  • Loco Translate : It can make po file for translation.

And here my requirement for my theme :

  • Using Bootstrap for responsive screen
  • It must support Site Origin Page Builder  : I like the page builder , it can include the widget  too in the builder column.
  • SEO Friendly
  • Using WordPress Coding Standard
  • Simple and Fast

Some notes. Free Themes which are uploaded in wordpress.org must be tested using :

  • Theme Check : to check the standard code in theme
  • Theme Sniffer. ( Just download Option 1 : Easy . There is a zip file for releases code . If you download using Clone/Download you must install node and do the hardway )
  • Query Monitor
  • Debug Bar
  • Log Deprecated Notices
  • Monster Widget
  • WordPress Beta Tester
  • Regenerate Thumbnails

I thinks those theme will be good concept for my magazine theme.  I have made it 50% and i think it will be completed in some weeks.
Update :
I have uploaded my theme version 1.0.0 on 5 Febuary 2018 . Just using https://wordpress.org/themes/upload/
After i upload it, the website directly ask to reupload with version 1.0.1 , so which i must do only change style.css with version 1.0.1.
After that show scan message :

Just need some weeks to know if it’s approved or not

Here is the result (16 April 2018):

  • First upload 5 Febuary 2018 . Get Open Status.
  • After wait 8 weeks , get review 29 March 2018 , need 3 days to fix error and requirement. Get Reviewing Status
  • After that still wait 7 days (not finished yet) to talk about license. It seem because i have portfolio in themeforest and preview which link  to 404 error page my free theme (  i move web server and themeforest html template which was made 4 years ago link to 404 error page ,because i forget to upload the html template) . Another problem, i have PSD which convert to theme by another user because i sell the copyright license (4 years ago ) , so i have been asked about relation with the another user ,  just still waiting (7 April 2018) . I think the license problem is the most retiring lol . ( I think , i more prefer make wordpress plugin than theme lol , it’s easier. So if you have any ideas about plugins just give me inputs in the comment form ) . Finally it get status approved (7 April 2018)  and now enter Final Review: Approved Themes Not Yet Live  for another testing review
  • So before you upload themes in wordpress.org just make sure if you sell WordPress Theme which have GPL License in your website / marketplace. Because GPL License it’s about pilosophy  . And make clear about license in readme.txt about license javascript , images with url , inspiration theme etc .
  • Finally my free themes live approved (26 April 2018) . You can see here : NYSU Magazine on WordPress.org
  • So here the process
    • 5 Febuari 2018 : First Upload (Status : Open)
    • 29 March 2018 : (Status : Reviewing)
    • 7 April 2018 : (Status : Approved)
    • 26 April 2018 : (Status: Live)
    • Take 12 weeks to get wordpress theme live for newbies like me.

Anyway here are some references which i have found , for you who want to upload theme to wordpress.org

Hope it’s usefull

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