I submitted my first theme a few days ago. It was rejected, and it is unclear as to why. Any experienced authors here willing to give me some pointers on how to get approved?
It was rejected for “The overall quality of your submission does not meet our aesthetic and technical requirements and will need to be improved before being resubmitted. Unfortunately we’re not able to provide more specific feedback for your submission at this time.”
The theme I made was for Blogger. It offers fadein sections on scroll, smooth scrolling, and full screen slider. Something that no other Blogger theme here has. It also features a customizable homepage(only a hand full of themes here have), pre-installed awesome fonts icons, and over 50 class selectors for stylizing post content. It’s fully responsive, Ad ready, an written in HTML5/CSS3/Microdata.
Compared to any other theme sold by themeforest for Blogger, it is one of the highest yslow score(if not the highest overall), and highest pagespeed scores that I have seen based on demos. Average Yslow score for modern/responsive Blogger themes here at themeforst is 75, while mine is 83.
Some of the problems I noticed after rejection was I had one error in the Chrome console, which I fixed already. I felt the preview image was of low quality, and that has been fixed.
Some of my concerns are there is 25 warnings in the Chrome console(all related to Blogger’s injected CSS/JS files, which I have no control of). I’m also concerned that my theme only supports IE9+(because of it’s media queries), but I have seen some WP themes only supporting IE9+ get approved, so I don’t know. My last concern is that my them may appear to be too plain, but that was intentional because it’s a minimal theme with great customization(I wanted to give my customers greater flexibility).
EDIT: I also wanted to mention another concern. I used Data URI to reduce HTTP requests.
I would post a link to my demo for others to look at, but don’t want to get banned on grounds for spamming or “self-promotion”.
Any advice on how to get my theme approved is invited. Thanks.