Finally, after several-failed attempt submitting Exray Theme to WordPress theme repository, Exray theme version 1.2.3 got approved and released to the WordPress community. It’s a really valuable experience for me creating Exray theme, because this is the first WordPress theme that I’ve ever developed. Developing with coding best practices in mind, I want to ensure users didn’t have troubles using this theme with other plugins.
Special thanks to Zgani, the one who reviewed Exray theme. I learn many of things from your pointer to develop a proper WordPress Theme, I’m truly grateful. Thinking about it now, submitting Themes to WordPress.org isn’t as easy as people thought. It takes time and patience for new Theme Developer to meet the standard and resolve all issues raised by theme reviewer. Don’t be discouraged by that. By following the reviewer advice, WordPress theme development and review guidelines, your WordPress theme should be approved soon.
A little secret from me, make sure you dig and explore Twenty Twelve Theme source code and if possible, apply the tricks you found to your theme. Why should you do it? I believe most reviewers on WordPress.org based their review on default theme best practices. To sum it up, I’m happy to be able to contribute something to WordPress community and gain experiences doing my first open source project.