After Installing and activating the theme you will see the following message at the top of the admin dashboard page. This theme recommends a few following plugins. Click begin installing plugins link which will redirect to Install Required Plugins page. To install them just check all of them and from the drop-down select install once. Even so, it’s not mandatory to install these plugins as they won’t be affecting the overall functionality of the site.
Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot.
MailChimp plugin helps you add subscribers to your MailChimp lists using various methods. You can create good looking opt-in forms or integrate with any other form on your sites, like your comment or checkout form.