Host required plugins elsewhere rather than inside the theme itself

Hi guys,

Almost theme authors are using TGM Plugin Activation and hosted required/recommended plugins right inside the theme packaged file or on

What if I wanna host these plugins elsewhere, for example my website, rather than bundling lots of heavy plugins right inside the theme? Is it allowable or I will get reject on theme submission?

Any ideas would be highly appreciated.


It would just slow down the plugin install process. If the plugins are going to be installed by most buyers then just bundle them.

But yes you should be able to host anywhere, just make sure they remain available for a long time (is is it still going to be there in 3 years when someone tries to reinstall the item they purchased?)

The reviewer will have the final say