I believe you will spend much more time=money developing your own solution. I will definitely buy it for every new theme and hope that author will put a bit more functionality into it.
One of the problem is a necessity to make one folder in a theme with 777 permission, that confuse end-users a lot. There were users who didn’t want to change permission or had no such possibility.
I believe some authors on ThemeForest will be happy to buy an extended license for a plugin that do sofisticated 1-click demo content import and can be configured/shipped with a theme.
Thank you dtbaker and imangm for valuable tips! I already managed to reduce VisualComposer size to 4MB by only deleting demo content as you said! It’s sad that I will have to repeat this process every time they update a plugin 8-(
I still think that hosting these plugins on a private BitBucket repo can make a trick, but have not enough information/knowledge on how to make it secure.
I’m wondering if Envato can come with some sort of solution for it in the future to make this process easier and smooth for the end users. On their new requirements page there is the next text:
Bundled plugins must be included via the TGM Plugin Activation class, which manages plugin dependency and plugins can be installed from WordPress.org or a bundled ZIP file (more options coming soon).
(more options coming soon) brings me some hope or I’m wrong?
Right, but I can’t see anyone use it this way. Moreover, can we host premium plugins like Visual Composer on external host? How to protect these sources from pirate downloads?
VisualComposer(6.5MB) + LayerSlider (7MB) is ~14MB + 4MB theme files = ~18MB final theme weight.
Most of the hosting companies have a limit of 5MB per file upload.
Then it makes impossible for users to install theme using admin panel.
Hello everyone, I’m looking for an advice on how to bundle heavy plugins with theme?
I would like to release a theme with VisualComposer(6.5MB) and LayerSlider (7MB) included. What’s your preference? Do you put heavy plugins inside a theme and activate them using TMG or put them in a separate from theme folder and describe in documentation that these plugins needs to be installed manually? What can you recommend based on your experience?
I think it’s not that easy to feel the frustrations of any Author who has a family to feed. Many fellow authors are trying to make a living from here , working hard on their projects , creating something unique.
I sell themes here and have a kid to feed, but I think there is no easy solution and as web designers and authors we can accumulate and discuss ideas on how to make this place better.