Sidewalk comes with several plugins which will extend the theme basic functionality. They are not required but we warmly recommend that you use them if you want to make the most of the theme features. Go to Appearance -> Sidewalk Plugins to install and activate plugins.
All the plugins are hosted on official WordPress repository so you will have access to all upcoming updates, they are 100% free and you can use it on other themes as well.
Watch the 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.
With this great plugin, you get support to track the number of views for each post. That way you can display the number of post views or use an option to sort/order posts by its number of views.
Force Regenerate Thumbnails
This plugin will help you a lot when you switch to a new WordPress theme on a website which 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 post date 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 details in Shortcodes and Widgets sections of this documentation.