WordPress Soft Reject - Need Help

Themes execute the presentation and styling of content while plugins handle content creation and functionality. Anything users will lose upon switching themes is classified as plugin territory. Here are some common examples:

  • Analytics
  • SEO options
  • Forms
  • Non-design related meta boxes
  • Resource caching - Dashboard widgets
  • Custom Post Types - Custom Taxonomies
  • Shortcodes
  • Social media “like”, “follow” and “share” buttons Anything that falls into plugin territory must be added via a custom plugin.

You may use TGM Plugin Activation or equivalent to prompt the user to install the plugin on theme activation, but it cannot be activated without user action.


You must move your social buttons in plugin. So, when you install just a theme, there will not be social icons, but when you install the plugin, he will add this buttons.

Of course, if you have more code, like shortcodes, forms (and all from above) you need to move it in plugin.

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