If you went through the theme setup wizard, recommended plugins would be already installed and activated. However, here is an alternative way to install the plugins and a basic usage description.
AWSM plugins are not required but we warmly recommend using them if you want to make the most of the theme features.
All the plugins are hosted on the official WordPress repository, which means they are 100% free and you can use it in any other theme as well. You can go to Appearance -> AWSM Plugins to install and activate recommended plugins with a single click.
Watch the entire process in this short video:
This plugin activates the entire theme options panel, so it is highly recommended to use it in order to be able to manage the theme options.
Contact form 7
This plugin is one of the most popular and easiest to use WordPress contact plugins. You can use it to create simple or complex contact forms with many powerful settings and features.
This is the official plugin made by Envato (ThemeForest) and its main purpose is to connect your website with your ThemeForest profile. Once you go through the authorization process you will be able to update our theme with a single click with every new version release.
Force regenerate thumbnails
This plugin will help you a lot when you switch to a new WordPress theme on a website that already has some images uploaded. It is commonly used when you switch the themes. You just need to run this plugin once and it will (re)generate all your uploaded image sizes to match your new theme layout. That way your theme will use proper and optimized image sizes and will improve website performance significantly.
Meks time ago
With this plugin, you can automatically display your postdate in “time ago” format like 1 hour ago, 2 weeks ago, etc…
Meks easy social share
This is a simple plugin with which you can enable social sharing functionality for your articles.
This is a companion plugin that adds specific features to the theme, such as custom widgets.
Other plugins (Meks Plugins)
Other plugins’ features and functionality are described in more detail in Shortcodes and Widgets sections of this documentation.