Create a Perfect WordPress Theme for WP-Themes Directory – Guidelines
I created a theme back some days and it was rejected. WooHoo! People at WP-Themes Directory guided me about the mistakes I was doing and I was able to create another version of it which was accepted and got huge success and downloads. I am going to share some key points which you should care about while developing WordPress Themes for submitting at Wp-Themes Directory. You know! well, there are some rules. If you are creating some WP-Theme for your own blog then there are no rules. You can use backgrounds and all whatever you want. But for themes at WordPress, you are bound to follow some rules. e.g. Header background or image should be customizable. It should be separate so that users at WordPress can change and use their own background for their blog. There are some more rules which I have explained in detail in following.
- use a license, add a GPL licence
- Remove non-theme files if any, like Thumbs.db which is created by default by Windows in every folder
- Make sure header is customizable and user can set a different header background from wp-admin for theme
- Make sure that posts with multiple pages show links for other pages as well
- Hard coded /feed link will not be accepted and hard coded twitter link or other links will not be accepted
- Themes with spam/ad links are not allowed in the directory. Just link back to author site in footer will be accepted.
- Use overflow hidden for post area, so that images or anything else should not overlap sidebars
Read my previous post on this which also contains some useful guidelines: How to and Where to Upload Your WP-Theme at WordPress Directory Successfully
Posts Multiple Pages Links
In single.php file and in page.php file: You will have something like;
Add the following after that:
Pages: ', 'after' => '', 'next_or_number' => 'number')); ?>
It is essential. If some post is bigger with huge content, it must be broken down at some places by using following code in posts:
If you add this code in posts, it will show links in the bottom of the post for the next pages of the same post. If you use above PHP code in theme then these links will be displayed.
Theme Test File
After creating theme, If you did not already, test your theme with the sample data in the WordPress export file available at Theme Development Checklist
Download that file, import it in your blog and see every post according to instruction in each post.
Theme Version Updates
To update your theme increase the theme version in style.css only and upload your theme again. Only zip files are accepted. If your theme will be rejected it will be still showing in your account but will not be displayed publicly, and when you update that theme and create its newer version, use same name for folder which you used before and use the same name for zip file which you uploaded before but change / update version info in the theme CSS file only which is at the top in CSS file.
Uploading Theme File
Use different browser if the file is not being uploaded. FireFox, Safari or Opera are recommended and Opera works most of the time.
How Do You Know that Theme Meets Quality Standards
During upload, the process will try to figure out that theme meets major requirements or not. If not, it will give you straight hints do do something. Do that and upload again.
How Much Time it Takes
Your theme will be reviewed and it takes two days for somebody to get back to you and update you about the status of your submitted theme. He will guide you if there are bugs. You can upload updates to your theme at any time, they will automatically show up in our review queue.
Further tips are here: How to and Where to Upload Your WP-Theme at WordPress Directory Successfully