FAQ relating to the Feast Plugin.
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The plugin is an entirely setup than themes - you must download and install the themes separately. See the theme tutorials for the theme you'd like to install.
- How do I install the Feast Plugin?
- How do I set up the Feast Plugin?
- How do I update the Feast Plugin?
- Are my current settings preserved if I update my theme?
- How do I enabled / disable each feature?
- Why is this a separate service from the themes?
- Do I still need to install a theme?
- Will the individually purchased themes continue to get updates?
- Why would I want all 5 themes?
- Is it lightweight?
- How many websites can I install the plugin and themes on?
- Where do I find my license key?
- Does the Feast Plugin work with Non-Feast themes?
- Why are there two transactions in my account?
- Why don't I see any downloads?
- Is my subscription active?
- How do I change my payment method?
- Can I transfer my subscription?
- What happens when I cancel the subscription?
- How do I cancel the subscription?
- How do I re-activate my subscription?
- Upgrade from starter to full
How do I install the Feast Plugin?
Always back up your website before installing or updating themes and plugins. Your hosting company should be doing daily backups for you. We recommend installing new plugins (and updating old ones) on a staging site.
IMPORTANT: you must be running a support PHP version - 7.4 or later. Installing this on an outdated server (PHP under 7.4) will cause the site to crash. If your host still has you on a PHP version under 7.4, change hosts immediately. This is a huge security and pagespeed problem.
- Download the latest feast-plugin.zip version in your account: https://feastdesignco.com/shop/account/downloads/
- If the zip file is showing as a folder on your computer, you have a misconfigured operating system or browser, use Google to troubleshoot and resolve the issue
- Navigate to Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin
- Choose File > feast-plugin.zip > Install Now > Activate > Settings
You can also access the plugin settings page by navigating to your theme menu in the left-side of the admin, and selecting the "Feast Settings" page.
How do I set up the Feast Plugin?
See the Feast Plugin Setup tutorial.
How do I update the Feast Plugin?
Always back up your website before installing or updating themes and plugins. Your hosting company should be doing daily backups for you.
With the release of version 2.0, we now offer managed plugin updates through the WordPress Admin's "plugin" page. In the Feast Plugin 2.0 and later, simply click the "update" button on the plugins page to update.
If you're on a version before 2.0, you'll need to manually upload the new version:
- Download the latest feast-plugin.zip version in your account: https://feastdesignco.com/shop/account/downloads/
- Deactivate AND delete the existing version (your settings will be saved)
- Follow the installation instructions above to install the plugin again
Are my current settings preserved if I update my theme?
Settings that you configure in the Feast Plugin are saved between theme changes and updates.
Settings that you have configured within your theme are not saved when updating or changing themes.
How do I enabled / disable each feature?
By default, features are set in the "default" or "blank" state, and are not loaded. In this configuration, the feature does not load and does not affect the website. This is to prevent unexpected changes and conflicts when the plugin is initially installed.
- a checkbox is checked
- input field is given content
- drop-down is set anything aside from "default"
Then the plugin is then instructed to load the features on your blog.
Why is this a separate service from the themes?
Themes are designed to affect the styling, visual aspect of a WordPress blog, which is not supposed to change or receive updates. This means we could invest a flat amount into designing and developing the visual aspect of a theme as long as we expected it to pay for itself eventually. The $75-$125 price for themes does not include ongoing updates.
Plugins are designed to affect the functional part of a WordPress blog, which requires on-going maintenance and development to stay up to date with best practices. This ongoing development costs money, which is not covered by one-time theme purchases.
For more information, see this post.
Over the years our customers have asked repeatedly about making changes to features that were built into the themes with good intentions. However, as best practices changed, the functionality became outdated and our customers fell behind other blogs that had the budget to stay up to date. Without the funding to re-develop these features, updates were few and far between.
In order to continue funding updates and development for the functionality, it has to be moved into a paid plugin with on-going revenue to pay developers, designers and consultants. That's what the Feast Plugin was born for.
But there's more. One of the most frequent issues our customers encounter, has been that updating themes is tedious and difficult and time consuming.
By building the site functionality into the Feast Plugin, this introduces a whole new way to allow customers to preserve their customizations. Now that the functionality lives in the plugin, the themes can be more easily updated for bug fixes (and new design elements for the block editor) without undoing some of the major customizations.
With the way that plugins are integrated into WordPress, we can release new features and updates to the plugin, and all you will need to do is click the "Update" button on the plugins page.
Do I still need to install a theme?
Yes, a base theme is still required at this time. The theme only provides base styling, with all functionality built through the Feast Plugin.
This may change over the next few years, depending on how WordPress handles the Full Site Editor implementation. We'll provide plenty of notice via the newsletter and via updates to the Feast Plugin as this evolves.
Will the individually purchased themes continue to get updates?
Yes, the themes will continue receiving styling-related fixes.
For example, version 4.0.0 of all themes received a big visual update in December 2018 with the font sizes being increased to the now web-standard 16px. This styling-related update makes posts easier to read (providing a better visitor experience) and resolves the "font size too small" warning in Google Webmaster Tools.
The mobile version of the navigation menu also received a styling update, to resolve the "touch elements too close" warning in Google Webmaster Tools.
Newly developed and updated functionality is being moved to the plugin, as premium features for food bloggers that want to stay ahead of their competition.
Why would I want all 5 themes?
We provide a handy theme comparison chart for new food bloggers to use when deciding which theme they want. We've had feedback that it's still difficult (and comes with some anxiety because there are no refunds).
To make it easier, we now provide access to all themes when you purchase the plugin (+theme access), so that bloggers can try them all and decide which works best for their blog.
Some established food bloggers also enjoy visually refreshing their website, keeping the site from getting stale with their readers. Others decide they want things styled a certain way, after becoming more experienced with their blog and audience, and realized a different theme was closer to their ideal.
This is most easily done by installing one of the other themes.
Previously, "updating" a theme (eg. from Foodie Pro 2.1.4 to Foodie Pro 4.4.1) meant re-installing a fresh copy, which is the same as installing a new theme from scratch. This means it's just as easy to switch themes as it is to re-install an existing theme.
Is it lightweight?
Yes! Everything in the Feast Plugin is designed to remove unnecessary elements (such as comment date links) and reduce the number of DOM nodes required to display posts (such as the FSRI block).
How many websites can I install the plugin and themes on?
At this time, we only require that you use the themes on your own personal sites. If you have 2, or 5, or 10 personal sites, you can install the themes and plugin on all of them.
If you're developing a site for anyone else - client, employer, colleague, friend - they should purchase their own subscription.
We'll be introducing licenses down the road, along the same lines as WP Recipe Maker.
Where do I find my license key?
You can find your Feast Plugin license key here.
Note: it will only show up if you have an active subscription. If it doesn't show, please renew your subscription.
Does the Feast Plugin work with Non-Feast themes?
We only tested Feast themes with the Feast plugin.
Features like the FSRI block and FSCI block are built on WordPress core and will work with any theme. Others require removing theme elements (such as the footer or header) and replacing them with the plugin version, and may or may not work with other themes.
Since access to all 5 themes are granted with the Feast Plugin, we believe there's no reason not to continue using a pre-existing theme, which may have pagespeed, mobile, accessibility, SEO, or user experience issues.
Why are there two transactions in my account?
When a subscription is created:
- the first $199 payment is recorded as one transaction
- the actual subscription is created, without being billed, until 365 days later
This enables you to cancel the subscription at any time, so that you're not re-billed next year, without affecting the initial payment. The subscription bills at the rate you signed up at.
Why don't I see any downloads?
If you've cancelled your subscription and it's been more than 1 year since the original purchase, you'll lose access to the downloads.
You'll need to re-subscribe to get access to updates.
Is my subscription active?
You can check for your subscription here.
How do I change my payment method?
To change the payment method used for a subscription:
- Go to My Account > Subscription page
- Click View on your active subscription
- Click the Change Payment button
- Enter the new payment details on the Checkout page.
- (Optional): Click the Update the payment method used for all of my current subscriptions checkbox to update all subscriptions.
- Submit the Checkout form and return to the My Account > View Subscription page.
Can I transfer my subscription?
No, the Feast Plugin subscription can not be transferred.
If you sell (or transfer) your site, the buyer will need to sign up for their own subscription.
What happens when I cancel the subscription?
When you cancel the subscription, you'll lose access to updates and support, but you'll keep your currently installed copy.
This is in contrast to the "lifetime" updates in the theme, which no longer receive functionality-related updates - all of these are being done in the plugin.
The subscription revenue is what pays for continued updates.
How do I cancel the subscription?
Just log into your account and head to the subscriptions page to cancel the subscription:
Note that once you've cancelled a subscription, you'll lose access to the grandfathered price and will have to repurchase at the current price.
Note that industry standard practices are that the cancellation method must match the sign up method, and as we only offer a self-service sign up, we only offer a self-service cancellation.
How do I re-activate my subscription?
Head to your subscriptions page, view the cancelled subscription:
Then click resubscribe:
You should not be charged again until your end date (renewal date).
Note: If you've cancelled (or failed to pay, resulting in a cancellation) a grandfathered subscription, you'll have to repurchase at the current price. You can find the current price on the Feast Plugin page.
Upgrade from starter to full
If you're on the Feast Plugin Starter and are ready to upgrade to the full Feast Plugin, follow these steps:
- cancel your Feast Plugin Starter subscription here
- sign up for the Feast Plugin and download it to your computer
- deactivate and delete the Feast Plugin Starter from your plugins
- install the Feast Plugin and activate it
You can find your invoice in the Orders section of your account.
A few questions
1. If I have already made customizations in the customizations CSS tab will those be valid still? Or do I need to add these to the plugin?
2. I use Feast plugin for php coding. Will I need to delete that and add changes to the paid plugin?
3. With the free themes. Do those get updated with the plugin when I install them?
4. Does the initial price of $99/yr renew at that price? Or does it increase to the then current price?
5. Support for the classic editor ends in 2020. Is this plugin the only way any future Gutenberg changes and compatibility will be added?
6. I am confused about updating. It says I need to download the latest zip, then delete the current file and reinstall the new one. Later it says like other plugins the update is done in the plugin area by clicking update. Can you clarify?
7. When my theme needs an update will I still need to manually upload the new theme? I realize the plugin saves codes and settings. But I will still need to upload a new file?
8. Will my current theme, as well the additional ones that come with the plugin have any future fees? Or is there a need to “repurchase” any of the 5 themes?
Kudos on separating design and functionality. A better fit for both you and the consumer.
Skylar Bowker says
1. We're working on automatically pulling the "Additional CSS" content from the theme, but haven't fully worked it out yet. We'll post up a page outlining how it's done when it's ready. As a worst-case scenario, you'd have to simply copy+paste it over to the plugin's tab.
2. No, the changes in the "Feast Customizations Plugin" can continue to live there. We're currently testing the "Code Snippets Plugin" to see if this is a better tool for saving theme customizations.
3+7. Themes will continue to be manually updated, the same way as before. We've looked into automatic updates, and there would be too many breaking changes for too many people, for this to be successfully implemented. We may build in automatic updates for a stripped down version of the themes in version 5+
4. If you purchase at $99/year, it will renew at $99/year.
5. WordPress will continue to support the classic editor until the end of 2021 according to this: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2018/11/07/classic-editor-plugin-support-window/
The themes are already block editor compatible. Extended support for block editor features in the future is being added to the Feast Plugin. With the way things are changing, it would be irresponsible to put half-baked block editor features into the themes that won't be updated and maintained regularly. Things are changing every 6 months, and the vast majority of bloggers don't even update yearly.
6. Thanks for asking this - I can see how it might be ambiguous. Clicking "update" to update a plugin was a general statement about plugins, not specifically the Feast Plugin. We should have this working in the next few weeks.
8. You get continued access to the plugin and themes as long as the subscription is active. If a subscription isn't renewed, you'll retain access to the version you have installed.
We're looking into premium services (keyword research, content creation, sponsored content) to add down the road, which may come with an associated costs, and may be incorporated directly into the plugin, or may live elsewhere. It's too soon to tell. These will be optional though.
I'll get these answers integrated into the FAQ.
I have a question regarding the Simple Recipe Index. I'm finding conflicting information, and this is pretty much why I bought the Plugin.
This page https://feastdesignco.com/how-to/create-multiple-recipe-index-pages/ says to use Simple Recipe Index but I can’t find anywhere that tells how to do so.
This says multiple recipe indexes are now created with the Feast Plugin’s Simple Recipe Index.
After installing the plugin, I see that the Feast Plugin Settings page in my dashboard says Simple Recipe Index is in development.
(also your sales page has some info on the bottom that says only the $199 version is for sale now, which I saw after I signed up with $99) /confused
Skylar Bowker says
We've pre-emptively updated some of the tutorials, so that people are aware that long-term, the Simple Recipe Index in the Feast Plugin will be how recipe indexes are built.
It's been delayed a little, but we expect it to be out before long. I thought we had it up and under development on the main product page, but it looks like it hasn't been copied there yet. I'll get that fixed.
The $199 is crossed out, and the plugin sales page states that it's $99/year for a limited time.
I currently use WP Recipe Maker, what would be involved with switching to Feast?
Skylar Bowker says
WPRM is a recipe card plugin - the Feast Plugin does not do recipe cards. They are complimentary plugins, not interchangeable.
I am using Foodie pro theme on my website, so what do I understand is that in order to custmize my theme I need to buy Feast Plugin. I understand that it is $ 99.00/year subscription, so if I cancel it after a year what happenes to all the updates I made for my site?
You don't need the plugin to customize your site. It contains next-level features that replace some of the theme functions and is meant to run alongside the theme.
After your license expires, you retain access to the plugin and theme that you currently have installed, but no longer receive updates.
Katie Rodriguez says
Is this plugin compatible with WordPress.com?
We only support self-hosted WordPress blogs. I'd recommend migrating to BigScoots.
Will the Feast plugin work with wordpress.com business plan, which allows plugins to be installed?
No, we don't recommend or support WordPress.com hosted sites. This is outline specifically in the "requirements" section in the Feast Plugin page: https://feastdesignco.com/feast-plugin/
There's zero reason not to use one of our recommended, high quality hosts: https://feastdesignco.com/hosting
Christine Brady says
Hi, is the Feast plugin compatible with the older Foodie Pro theme - version 3.2.0?
Some parts of the Feast Plugin will work with older/outdated themes, but we no longer offer support for any version older than 4.4.0. You'll need to update your theme to get theme support.
If I have already purchased the Foodie theme via a Genesis Framework purchase, does the Feast plugin still cost $199?
Yes, the Feast Plugin is a completely separate product from the themes.
We include the themes for free as part of the plugin, but they're not a component of the total price, so there's no discount if you already own the theme.
I'm using the foodie pro + genesis theme. If I'm buying the feast plugin, do I need to install the new genesis and the theme once again and start the setup process as mentioned in the instructions? Or I need to install the plugin only and do the setup. And it will automatically update the genesis & FoodiePro (V 4.2.0). I read above in a reply you have mentioned, "You'll need to update your theme to get theme support" if that's below v.4.4.0. So here update means installing the themes again?? Sorry, I'm confused.
Also if the site is on other hosting networks like wpx hosting, does it work, or does it require only the 2 hosting providers mentioned?
The Feast Plugin Setup instructions address this here: https://feastdesignco.com/feast-plugin-setup/
We're unfamiliar with WPX hosting but generally other hosts aren't a problem. There are some issues that simply don't exist on high quality, managed-Wordpress hosts like BigScoots or Agathon - and we don't offer support for issues that only exist because of cheap hosting. This would be addressed on a case-by-case and ticket-by-ticket basis.
The safe move is to simply migrate to one of the recommended hosts. There's literally zero reason not to.
If you have more specific questions please submit a support ticket.
I am just starting my own foodblog and am reading everywhere, that the Feastplugin is the way to go :). Before I subscribe I have 3 questions:
1. Is the recipe card built in the feast plugin? And if for some reason, I would decide to unsubscribe, would I have to manually move all recipes to a new plugin (e.g. wp-recipe plugin)?
2. Would you recommend subscribing already even though I don't have a single thing written yet or should I buy the Foodie Pro first?
3. If I choose to buy the Foodie Pro first, will I be charged the full price again for the feast plugin?
Thanks so much in advance for your help,
I have a Purr theme, would the Jump Links and the FSRI block work for me if I have the Feast plugin? Thank you!!