18 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 2 years
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
IlyaDorman says

I was trying to make a navigation menu dropdown list, and then found a plugin that does it much better then what I did, I tried including it’s core functionality in the functions.php but it made some bugs, so I want to either include it in my theme or to ask the users to instal it.

Is there a reason no to do it?

280 posts Premium Website Design
  • Has referred 1000+ members
  • Has sold $2M+ on Envato Market
  • Interviewed on an Envato blog
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
+3 more
ThemeFusion says

You can suggest your users in documentation to install it.

776 posts
  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+5 more
Dream-Theme says

Are you going to sell it here?

18 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 2 years
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
IlyaDorman says

Are you going to sell it here?

Yes

18 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 2 years
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
IlyaDorman says

I’m sorry for saying this. I’m really sorry. I know I must be positive. I know we must help each other. BUT .

What kind of developer are you if you can not integrate a plugin? Like ones who “I’m making responsive theme but I do not have a device to test it”?

What will be the quality of your Theme? You need money? OK. But learn something first.

It seems you misunderstood my question, I am asking if it is something acceptable to prompt a theme user to install a plugin.

It’s pointless to include a whole plugin in functions.php since it will not get updates, and if I strip away parts of the functionality I risk messing things up. I believe it would be better FOR THE CUSTOMER to install the plugin rather then me including it.

776 posts
  • Power Elite Author: Sold more than $1M on Envato Market
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
  • Has sold $1M+ on Envato Market and is now a Power Elite Author
  • Made it to the Authors' Hall of Fame
+5 more
Dream-Theme says
I tried including it’s core functionality in the functions.php but it made some bugs

Misunderstood?

631 posts
  • Has referred more than 5000 members
  • Has sold $2M+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 100+ items on Envato Market
  • Had an item featured in a magazine
+9 more
Kriesi says

A basic functionality like dropdown menus should not require a user to install a plugin, so if you cant get it to work by including it into your themes core files dont use it. Use something you have built yourself and you can properly support, in case your customers want to change or improve something.

As a rule of thumb: if you think an average php developer could build the feature in a few hours dont use a plugin (even if it would take you longer to build it) otherwise you wont improve and without improving yourself there is no chance competing here :)

If the functionality requires days, weeks or months to develop, then a plugin is appropriate. Examples for this would be multi language functionality, e commerce solutions, forums etc

324 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has sold $10,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has been a beta tester for an Envato feature
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
+2 more
NikolaSusa says

>> Dream-Theme

Simple “NO” would do, but nooo you have to spread your arrogance.

203 posts I'm a Husky Designer
  • Has referred 200+ members
  • Has sold $250,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Elite Author: Sold more than $75,000 on Envato Market
+6 more
designcrumbs says

Requiring a plugin is fine, but it depends on the plugin. As @Kriesi said, if it’s for something simple like drop down menus you might want to build it into the theme.

All of my themes require the Options Framework plugin. It makes things easier on me and easier on my users.

I also have two themes specifically built for ecommerce plugins. Those plugins are obviously required.

3330 posts
  • Has sold $5,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Located in United States
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 4 years
+1 more
organicbee says

Those plugins are obviously required.

but I want to use a different plugin

Please Advise.

by
by
by
by
by
by