When I first released WP-Forge it was one of those “I don’t know if I should” moments. You know how it is, you have that nagging little voice in the back of your mind asking you all these little questions like “is it good enough”, “will people like it” and so on.
I just did it. Since then, the response has been phenomenal and I have been told many times that WP-Forge is the best WordPress/Foundation theme out there in the wild. Still, I have that nagging little voice in the back of my mind asking me “Is she really the best?”.
I have decided to try to take her one step further by submitting her to the WordPress Theme Directory. Up to this point, I have tried my best to follow the WordPress Coding Standards. I use the Theme Check plugin religiously and I always get the following message:
Now your theme has passed the basic tests you need to check it properly using the test data before you upload to the WordPress Themes Directory.
Make sure to review the guidelines at Theme Review before uploading a Theme.
My theme even validates at 100% over at ThemeCheck.org. Neither of these however are a guarantee that WP-Forge is up to standards and fully compliant.
So now, I want to do everything the “WordPress way” and see if I can get her into the directory. I want to follow everything that I am supposed to do and see what happens. I believe that once I submit WP-Forge, I will have to possibly change or remove a few things but this doesn’t matter. I want her to be absolutely, without a doubt, 100% WordPress compliant and getting her into the directory would guarantee that.
I think another good reason to get be hosted in the directory would be updates. Any updates would come from the directory itself instead of having to use a plugin and Github however I would still post any and all changes to Github. I would also continue to follow the versioning of Foundation.
All in all I think this is a good idea and I will pursue it, but I would like to get feedback from anyone who uses the theme. Do you think this is a good idea? Should I just continue down the same path? Any cons about being hosted in the directory? I really would like to know.