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JoeMC
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I’m starting this thread to just get suggestions from other authors who supply or suggest certain plugins with their themes they are selling.

I am of the mindset that most custom WordPress functionality should be put into plugins and not built into a theme. But, I am running into a few buyers who seem to get enraged by this notion… that the “theme” doesn’t look exactly as show in the preview, and seem to be really annoyed about having to install plugins (that don’t automatically install themselves).

Granted, this has just happened a few times… but, like I’m sure all of you know, I don’t get bombarded with questions from people who are happy and understand the product… only the ones who have issues with it.

My documentation does specify to install specific plugins.

Do any of you have any tips or suggestions for best practice in appeasing these types of buyers? I have a few things I will incorporate into my next theme regarding this, like:

1. Making sure to note in bold face about the theme using additional plugins. 2. Having a “warning” in the dashboard upon theme installation about installing additional plugins.

Any more suggestions would be great! Thanks!

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I don’t know if you know about it already but you might want to look into using: https://github.com/thomasgriffin/TGM-Plugin-Activation

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I did not know about that. Thanks! It definitely looks like something that would help.

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