Rey theme includes several required and optional plugins. The required plugins are needed as part of the theme’s main functionality and they’re mandatory to be installed and active.
Simply access Rey Theme > Dashboard and only in case any of the 4 mandatory plugins (Rey Core, Kirki, Advanced Custom Fields and One click demo import) are disabled or uninstalled, a new box should be displayed:
If you want a “bird’s eye” view of all plugins we’re using throughout our demos, access Appearance > Install Plugins , and you’ll see all the plugins listed. If you’re not registered though, some plugins cannot be installed here, and instead you need to install them manually.
The optional plugins are recommended upon importing a demo to add certain functionalities. For example, if you want to import a demo, you’d be prompted with this popup:
You can deselect any plugin from the list if you don’t want to add it.
To install plugins manually, simply access WordPress backend > Plugins > Add new > Upload plugin, or search WordPress repository plugins.
If you haven’t registered yet, or you don’t want to register, you’ll need to manually install some plugins. You can find them in the main zip file, which you can download from ThemeForest > Download section.
To use and get updates for these premium plugins, you only need to have Rey activated.
Please remember that the activation with purchase code, only applies for Rey, not for the individual bundled plugins in Rey.
Basically when a plugin gets an update, i personally need to manually download it from CodeCanyon (or other source) and upload to my server, which will reflect in all Rey activated instances; while in return the new available updates will be shown in the Updates section in WordPress, or in the Plugins page.
Most of these premium plugins i included in Rey, based on an extended license i purchased. We authors are not allowed to give our customers that purchase code, so it all relies on our own systems to provide the updates.