I’m excited to announce the new Envato Market WordPress Plugin. When installed into WordPress the plugin notifies buyers of updates to their Envato purchased themes and plugins, and allows installation of updates directly from within WordPress. We are initially launching the plugin as a beta in order to get feedback from buyers and authors on usability and likeliness to use.
The new plugin replaces the Envato WordPress Toolkit which uses the old API and will therefore be decommissioned along aside it early next year. There are some key differences between the toolkit and the new plugin, namely; the new plugin updates both themes and plugins, it uses the new API with OAuth, it updates itself when a new version is available and doesn’t require authors to integrate a complicated library into their items.
Including the plugin with your items
Instead of packaging the library with the download file (as you did with the old Toolkit), authors just have to include the github.php file with their item. This file will always direct buyers to the latest version of the plugin, meaning no more manual intervention when the plugin is updated.
You can download the plugin directly from GitHub. Buyers should be able to install the full .zip file as a plugin into WordPress, and Authors can find the github.php file in the ‘inc’ directory within the .zip file.
Existing users of the Toolkit will be notified of the new plugin and will be able to install the plugin directly from within WordPress.
After activating the plugin, users will need to provide an Envato API token so that the plugin knows what items you’ve purchased and has access to get updates on your behalf. If the token is to be used in a site that is owned/run by you then you can generate a ‘global token’. If you’ve purchased the site on behalf of a client/someone else then you might prefer to generate a ‘single use token’ as it will only show updates to the nominated items (instead of all your purchases).
How does it work
Once the plugin has been activated and you’ve provided a valid API token, the plugin will intermittently check for updates to any purchases made on ThemeForest or CodeCanyon. You’ll be notified of any updates via the Dashboard > Updates, and Plugins menu items in the WordPress admin.
You can then download and install the update by going to the Envato Market menu item, and selecting ‘Update Available’.
Deprecation of the Toolkit and the old API
Once we have a good amount of feedback on the new plugin and have made any necessary changes to get buyers and authors onboard, we’ll be deprecating the Toolkit and the old API. At this stage we do not have a date for the decommissioning of the Toolkit/old API but we hope to have more information in January so stay tuned. Once we do have a date you’ll be given a fair amount of time to move over to the new plugin/API.
We’d love to hear any feedback you have on the new plugin. In particular did you find it easy/hard to use, and are you (authors) willing to include this with your items in its current form or after specific modifications are made.