After being in the review queue for the official WordPress theme directory for more than three months, the Arctica theme was finally reviewed a day ago. Since it was based on the same code base as my two latest themes, Asokay and Lagom (which are both approved and published on wordpress.org), I expected the review of Arctica to result in an approval as well.
I was wrong. Arctica was turned down, with the only argument being that it “appears to be a copy of Toolbox with only minor style changes”. With the approved Asokay and Lagom in mind, and knowing the amount of changes that I had to make to get those two approved, I disagree with that conclusion and have asked the reviewer to clarify why Arctica is treated differently than my previous two themes. Until I get a chance to understand the reason for the non-approval, Arctica will still be available from this site, just like before. It works well, but you will not get update notifications inside the WP-admin until the theme is approved and added to the wordpress.org theme directory.
This article was written by Andreas Viklund
Web designer, writer and the creative engine behind this website. Author of most of the free website templates, along with some of the WordPress themes.